St. Joe’s has a long standing reputation of being connected to its diverse neighbourhoods and populations, which is why we are proud to engage in many different community initiatives. Our leadership, physicians and staff understand the importance of participating in outreach activities which help to build meaningful bridges between the community and the Health Centre, by supporting people to access certain services right in their own backyard. Working closely and fostering relationships with our respected and valued community health care providers also supports St.Joe’s vision of advancing the health of our community by being Canada’s best community Health Centre.
The following are few outreach initiatives that St.Joe’s is proud to actively contribute to:
Children’s Developmental Clinic
In 2016 the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) and St. Joseph’s Health Centre opened the doors to a new Model Schools Paediatric Health Clinic located at Parkdale Junior and Senior Public School. The clinic, operated by the TDSB Model Schools for Inner Cities Program and St.Joe’s, provides assessment and assistance to children with general school challenges, developmental concerns and behavioural issues.
Collaborate with St. Joe’s patients, staff, and community members to create a garden program that promotes healthy eating and living.
Knowing that access to good food and healthy eating are key contributors to the well-being, Joe’s in collaboration with our Patient & Family Advisors (PFAs) developed a Community Garden on hospital grounds in 2015. Currently, the garden is used to grow vegetables and herbs and offers a shared space for staff, patients, family and the community to come together to talk and brainstorm creative ideas on enhancing awareness of the importance of food access.
St. Joe’s Psychiatrists working in collaboration with local Community Health Centres (CHC)
Over the past few year’s psychiatrists with St. Joe’s Mental Health and Addictions Program (MHAP) have partnered with three local Community Health Centres (CHC) to enhance access to psychiatric services for clients in a community setting. This unique collaboration specifically provides psychiatric consultation to support CHC staff working with clients who have mental health and addiction issues in an environment where they are most at ease.
Chronic Disease Management Program
Since the fall of 2010, Joe’s Urban Family Health Team has worked in collaboration with ESS Support Services, a local community agency, to offer free chronic disease self-management classes. These workshops support people living in the community, often connecting with vulnerable populations such as isolated seniors, to teach them how to play an active role in their own health by managing day-to-day chronic condition
Health Child Screening
For over 10 years, St. Joe’s has been a partner in the Healthy Child Screenings which is an innovative collaborative community service. An array of preventive screenings – nutrition, dental, vision, hearing, speech, physical and socio-emotional assessment – are provided through a multisectoral and interdisciplinary service delivery model. The clients are newcomer children – prenatal to age six. The model is designed from community-based principles, addressing issues of service access and availability for at-risk children and their families. Outreach activities also mean at times, actually supporting community in-reach to the Health Centre. St.Joe’s has opened its doors to local groups that are in need of space, to meet, engage and foster important social supports and friendships. We are proud to offer meeting space for a variety of community groups including:
Open Heart Mindfulness Community
“… is grateful to St. Joseph’s Health Centre for providing a safe and comfortable space for us to practice Mindfulness meditation every Wednesday from 7-9 pm. The group is peer led and open to anyone who wishes to have the support of a weekly group meditation.”
Mental Health Peer Support Organization
“…the Mental Health Peer Support Organization (MHPSO) would like to thank St. Joe’s for donating a safe, confidential space for our use since Feb 2011. This has been an instrumental component that has allowed MHPSO to build one of the largest face to face diverse Peer Lead Mental Health Recovery Networks in Canada.”
A member wrote: “Huge turn out tonight! I appreciate the contributions of our facilitation team and the insights cast by our esteemed members. I now have hope of recovery! Thank you.”
Family Outreach Response Program
“The Family Navigation Program is proud to partner with St. Joe’s providing support and education to families with a loved one struggling with mental health issues. This innovative program is brought to you by Family Outreach and Response Program.”
St. Joe’s also takes pride in fostering relationships with our broader community by attending a variety of street cultural celebrations including the The Bloor West Village Toronto Ukrainian Festival, Roncesvalles Polish Festival, Taste of the Kingsway Festival and the Junction Arts Festival.