Peterborough County council helps neighborhood well being centre

A proposed neighborhood well being centre to be positioned in or close to downtown Peterborough, serving 6,000 marginalized individuals who don’t have a household physician, acquired unanimous help from Peterborough County council on Wednesday.

Members of the Peterborough Ontario Well being Crew gave a presentation (much like one made to metropolis council on Might 10) to county council exhibiting the necessity for a specialised medical clinic that will create a hub of well being and social companies below one roof to serve people who dwell with complicated well being wants.

A downtown hub would offer “spokes” of care in county areas in collaboration with the prevailing psychological well being and addictions cell service of the Canadian Psychological Well being Affiliation and current hubs run by Group Care, council heard.

“I’m very supportive of this trigger,” mentioned Karl Moher, deputy mayor of Douro-Dummer Township. “I believe most marginalized folks within the county have had no alternative however to maneuver to town due to lack of transportation, due to economics, due to many, many different causes.

“Positive, we’d like to have them (clinics) within the county in or near our house, however that’s not potential for them to obtain the companies they require. So I believe this is a superb challenge that has been a very long time coming.”

The hub would serve folks dwelling with addictions, excessive poverty and incapacity.

It could even be aimed toward offering care that meets the wants of newcomers, racialized people, Indigenous individuals and people who determine as 2SLGBTQ+.

The well being centre could be staffed with salaried docs, nurses, nurse practitioners and social employees. Comparable clinics exist in at the very least 40 different Ontario cities.

The Peterborough space has the fourth highest degree of marginalization out of 42 cities as a result of its “excessive ranges of dependency, materials deprivation and residential instability,” a letter of help for the centre states

The Peterborough Ontario Well being Crew is led by a steering committee of native household docs plus 11 organizations together with the CMHA and Peterborough Regional Well being Centre.

The group is making use of for $7.6 million in annual provincial funding to run the well being centre.

— with recordsdata from Joelle Kovach

Brendan Burke is a employees reporter on the Examiner. His reporting is funded by the Canadian authorities by its Native Journalism Initiative. Attain him at

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