Health promotion and community development are central to the Queen West work and approach to health and wellness. We recognize that there are many factors that affect our health, known as the Social Determinants of Health; for example, income, education, employment, race, gender, healthy childhood development, housing, and health services (For more information see the Canadian Council on Social Determinants of Health).

We aim to engage people in understanding the factors that affect our health, identify and respond to their needs, and support increased control over individuals’ and communities’ health. Our programs and services aim to build the strength of communities to improve their quality of life and work together to affect change.

Cooperation with a variety of sectors and partner agencies is critical to the success of our health promotion and community development work.

Our health promotion and community development programs include:

  • Aboriginal Wellness Program
  • Client Support, Referrals & Service Navigation Support
  • Community Education
  • Garden Group
  • Health Fairs & Workshops
  • Housing Supports
  • ID Clinic
  • Income Tax Clinic
  • Nail Salon Project – see additional information on the NSP here : http://owhn.on.ca/en/blog/view/leaders-in-womens-health-the-healthy-nail-salon-network
  • Perinatal & Early Years Program
  • Specialized Services for Homeless
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Voice mail