Shift the Conversation: Community Health and Wellbeing 2017

Highlights from the Association of Ontario Health Centres' annual conference


  1. On June 7 and 8, Shift the Conversation: Community Health and Wellbeing Conference brought together more than 600 primary health care professional, board members, health system leaders, community partners, researchers, planners and policy makers. With four thought-provoking plenaries, a great line-up on speakers, over 60 learning sessions and research posters, and a wide range of exhibitors, the conference presented numerous opportunities to share knowledge and tools, build new relationships, tap into new networks and open dialogues on how we can work together to advance comprehensive primary health care and achieve health equity.
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  3. A packed pre-conference day that featured Belonging Summit, Board Liaison Session and AOHC's Annual General Meeting set the stage for two days of learning, inspiration and information sharing.
  4. On June 6, Belonging Summit attendees explored the topics of belonging and inclusion, and shared knowledge, experiences and promising practices on advancing the health and wellbeing of people and communities facing barriers due to social isolation, exclusion and poverty.

  5. In the next room, board representatives from member centres across Ontario came together to discuss the role of community governance in the health system transformation and how we can build stronger, more inclusive boards. The conversation continued during the Inclusive Leadership learning session on Day One of the conference.

  6. In the evening of June 6, during the Annual General Meeting, Board Chair Sarah Hobbs Blyth launched our new brand promise reaffirming AOHC's commitment to advancing health equity through comprehensive primary health care. Members also voted in support of new membership criteria and passed four health equity focused resolutions.