Advocacy

Advocating for health and wellness

Inequities in health happen in part because of the circumstances in which people live and the systems put in place to deal with health. That’s why the centre takes action on health and wellness issues pushing for continued improvement in the social support that affect the long-term health of our clients and community.

Through discussions with community members and elected officials, the Advocacy and Communications Action Team (ACAT) responds to important issues that impact on the health and wellbeing of Ottawans.

We are committed to advocating for our clients’ care, rights and interests. We work with clients, members of the community, partner organizations, public officials and political leaders to address issues including:

  • Healthy public policy
  • Access to community health centres
  • Access to oral health care
  • Safe, secure, healthy affordable housing
  • Democratic engagement
  • National pharmacare program
  • Safe and vibrant neighbourhoods
  • Early education
  • Breastfeeding to give babies the best start
  • Reversing federal cuts to refugee health care
  • Safe, LGBTQ-friendly services and residential environment for seniors
  • Services for the transgender community
  • Community discussions about safer injection sites
  • No to gambling expansion in Ottawa
  • Access to fresh, affordable and healthy food
  • Healthy built environment
  • Active transportation
  • Safe streets for all
  • Poverty reduction
  • Vibrant urban parks