Media Advisory - Mobile Community Health Centre travels to Queen's Park to highlight benefits of increasing access to health care

    TORONTO, March 17 /CNW/ -

    At Queen's Park on Tuesday, March 18

    12:15 pm        Photo opportunity and brief presentation in front
                    driveway: Minister of Health and Long-Term Care,
                    the Hon. George Smitherman, will visit a mobile health
                    unit, used by NorWest Community Health Centres to deliver
                    health care in remote northern communities. Speakers also
                    include a Nurse Practitioner who travels with the unit
                    and representatives from of a new Community Health Centre
                    that will soon open in Midland, Ontario.

    1:30 - 2:30 pm  Statements in the house by Members from all political
                    parties supporting Community Health Centres (CHCs) across
                    the province.

    3:30 - 4:30 pm  Interview availability: In Committee Room 228, local
                    community leaders, CHC clients and CHC representatives
                    from throughout Ontario will be available for interviews.

    6:00 pm         Minister Smitherman, Ontario Health Quality Council CEO,
                    Dr. Ben Chan, Community Health Centre clients and
                    supporters will be among the speakers at a special
                    reception in the Legislative Dining Room.

    Ontario's Community Health Centres (CHCs) are now in the midst of the
largest expansion since they first opened thirty years ago. The expansion was
initiated by the provincial government during its last mandate and enables
200,000 more Ontarians to access care provided by CHCs. By 2009, over 110
Ontario communities will have access to care delivered by a CHC.
    To spotlight increased access to care in rural and Northern Ontario, a
CHC mobile health unit, based in Thunder Bay, will travel to Queen's Park so
MPPs can see first hand how CHC interdisciplinary health teams proactively
reach out to communities most in need of increased access to health care.
    The event will be accompanied by the release of a new report: Ontario's
Community Health Centres; who we are and what we do. And members of
communities benefiting from both existing and soon to be opened CHCs will be
sitting in the legislative chamber on Tuesday afternoon when MPPs make
statements about the benefits of CHCs.

For further information:

For further information: Mary MacNutt, Association of Ontario Health
Centres, (416) 294-2698; For media backgrounders:

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