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Health & Wellness Programs

Community Oral Health Program

The goal of the Community Oral Health Program is to increase levels of good oral health (oral health enhancement) and prevent and reduce oral health problems (health promotion and risk reduction). The Oral Health Program aims to promote oral health among individuals and groups that are underserved and lack access to adequate oral health care. In addition to services provided to individuals such as cleaning, fluoridation, pits and fissure sealants, check-ups and so on, the Oral Heath Coordinator provides oral health education sessions to schools, ESL programs, and a variety of community agencies and community groups. The program is offered on Monday to Thursday. Registration is required.

For more information call: 905-522-3233 or send an email to administration@hucchc.com

Health Promotion for Seniors

Health Promotion for Seniors program offered at Hamilton Urban Core Community Health Centre is a free program that offers weekly group activities designed with the principles of health promotion for seniors. Group is facilitated by a Registered Nurse and focuses on participant driven activities and information aimed to reduce isolation and support high risk seniors. Weekly group takes palace on Thursdays 10-12 am,

For more information call: 905-522-3233 or send an email to administration@hucchc.com

Healthy Foot Prints

The goal of Healthy Foot Prints is to provide access to foot care services for individuals who are homeless or at risk of being homeless, immigrants, refugees, individuals receiving income support through Ontario Works and those facing barriers to accessing foot care services. Foot care services are provided at the Centre or in the community by a Chiropodist who is a health care professional trained exclusively to assess and treat foot problems. Professional foot care can help children, adults and seniors with a variety of foot problems and early detection of foot conditions may even prevent problems later in life. Registration is required.

For more information call: 905-522-3233 or send an email to administration@hucchc.com

Taking Charge! Diabetic Education Program

Taking Charge is a Diabetes Education Program that is offered to people living with diabetes or people who may be at risk of developing diabetes. The program is offered one day a week for a period of 8 to 10 weeks and may include workshops, health activities, short excursions, guest speakers and other activities. Taking Charge Diabetes Education Program is organized by a health provider who uses the most recent information and best practices to provide the best possible diabetes management for the people attending the program. The program is designed to help adults with diabetes learn how to better manage their diabetes and improve their overall health.

For more information call: 905-522-3233 or send an email to administration@hucchc.com

Inner City Outreach Chiropractic Clinic

The Inner City Chiropractic Clinic is the result of a dynamic partnership led by Drs. Andrew Moore and Callum Peever, who are committed to improving the quality of life for the most vulnerable in the community through providing accessible, quality chiropractic care. Services at the Inner City Outreach Chiropractic Clinic are provided by volunteer chiropractors every Friday afternoon between 12:00 noon and 2:00 pm. As an important part of the Centre’s approach to pain reduction and management and in collaboration with important community partners the goal of the Clinic is to improve the overall health and wellness for hundreds in the community. Services at the Inner City Outreach Chiropractic Clinic are offered free of charge.

For more information call: 905-522-3233 or send an email to administration@hucchc.com

 

Therapeutic and Supportive Counselling

Health in Settlement Initiative

The Health in Settlement Initiative (HSI) is an inter-professional approach to ensuring the healthy settlement of marginalized newcomer communities in Hamilton. The Health in Settlement Initiative combines Hamilton Urban Core’s experience, expertise, best practices to deliver specialized health interventions to facilitate and support settlement for marginalized newcomers. This specialized approach is based on a needs-based model of care which is adaptable and adjusts to the populations served. Individuals may also receive help with forms completion, accessing education, housing or employment. Health promotion group and individual activities are also provided.

For more information call: 905-522-3233 or send an email to administration@hucchc.com

Art From the Heart

Art from the Heart is designed to help people who struggle with difficult emotions, or are chronically ill, isolated and/or who may have had traumatic experiences as a refugee, immigrant or marginalized person. Using various forms of art and creative expression the program works with individuals and groups to improve their overall mental health and well being in a supportive and sensitive environment.

For more information call: 905-522-3233 or send an email to administration@hucchc.com

 

Population Health Programs

Street Drop In

The Street Drop In provides a safe environment, forum for discussion, and a place for friends and participants to meet and enjoy a nutritious meal. Health-related information is available and representatives from other service providing agencies are often on hand to talk about services or simply to answer any questions that participants may have. Mondays and Thursdays of each week the Street Drop In takes place at the Centre from 10:00 am. In the event that extreme cold or hot weather alerts are issued the hours and the frequency of the Drop In is adjusted to meet the needs of our client population.

For more information call: 905-522-3233 or send an email to administration@hucchc.com

Dinner With a Movie

Dinner with a Movie takes place on the third Friday of each month to facilitate access to food when the financial resources of many individuals and families are depleted. The program provides a forum for discussion after the movie and engages those attending by involving them in the selection of the movie and the items for discussion for the following month. Nutritious meals can be enjoyed in a safe and comfortable atmosphere. Activities improve social skills by ongoing interaction and discussions.

For more information call: 905-522-3233 or send an email to administration@hucchc.com

Cross Cultural Healthcare Program

The Cross Cultural Healthcare Program serves as a bridge between individuals and communities, and health and social services to ensure full access to quality care or services that are culturally and linguistically appropriate. Cultural interpretation and translation is one component of this program and our interpreters undergo a rigorous selection process and comprehensive training which is designed specifically to address health and health related issues. The Program also engages in training and education and provides information relating to cultural competency and building cultural knowledge for service providing agencies.

For more information call: 905-522-3233 or send an email to administration@hucchc.com

Family Saturdays

Family Saturdays takes place on the third Saturday of each month. This program consists of a variety of activities designed to improve family relationships and families have an opportunity to participate in the activities as a family unit. Appropriate health and community information is also provided. A safe atmosphere helps to establish peer support and networking amongst the participants and is an excellent way to reduce social isolation.

For more information call: 905-522-3233 or send an email to administration@hucchc.com

 

Client Education and Support Programs

Garden Days

Garden Days s a popular spring and summer program that has been well received by clients and community members. The Program encourages individuals to build on their gardening skills, increase environmental awareness and take advantage of healthy opportunities for outdoor physical activities. Information about emergency food assistance programs is provided as is other information that is requested by the participants of the program. The Program is offered every Friday between 10:00am to 12:00 noon June to October.

For more information call: 905-522-3233 or send an email to administration@hucchc.com

The ID Clinic

Having appropriate identification documents is necessary in order to access basic and important needs – food, housing, clothing, social assistance, a bank account, and so on. The purpose of the ID Clinic is to assist people who are in very vulnerable situations with replacement of their Birth Certificate. The lack of a birth certificate or other government issued identification often prevents people from accessing services that are vital to their health and well-being, including income support (Ontario Works (OW), Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) and Employment Insurance (EI)). The ID Clinic is offered throughout the week and appointments are preferred. The ID Clinic Support Staff assists clients with completing the appropriate forms, tracking down needed information and advocating where needed. Limited funding may be available to cover the cost of the birth certificate replacement.

For more information call: 905-522-3233 or send an email to administration@hucchc.com

Health Card Kiosk

To ensure adequate and accessible health care for the many communities it serves, the Centre offers individuals who do not have a permanent address the opportunity to acquire an Ontario Health Card. Working in conjunction with the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care the program takes place on the 1st and 3 Wednesday of every month from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Those accessing the Kiosk are provided with a temporary health card number which enables them to access health care services and the Centre assists individuals in making the necessary arrangements to attain a permanent health card within 12 months. The goal of the Health Card Kiosk is to improve access to primary care for people that are homeless or at risk of being homeless and increasing awareness of programs and activities offered at the Centre. In addition, more people are linked to other services and health promotion activities offered by Hamilton Urban Core. Registration is required.

For more information call: 905-522-3233 or send an email to administration@hucchc.com

Laundry and Shower Services

The Centre recognizes that poor hygiene can be a barrier to health, employment, socialization and is a factor in discrimination. Free laundry and shower services are available to reduce these barriers for individuals and families that are homeless, near homeless or living in poverty or on a fixed income to assist in saving money for other necessities. These services are open to everyone during regular Centre hours and are available on a first come first served basis.

For more information call: 905-522-3233 or send an email to administration@hucchc.com

Pancake Tuesdays

The third Tuesday of each month is Pancake Tuesday at Hamilton Urban Core where individuals and families can drop in for a quick meal and to connect with service providers, health information, emergency supplies and other items.

For more information call: 905-522-3233 or send an email to administration@hucchc.com

 

Personal Development Programs

The Men's Circle

The objective of the Men’s Circle is personal development and support through discussion and group engagement. The group is participant-driven and provides a platform for everyone to share difficult issues, challenges and solutions with each other. The format of this weekly discussion has evolved from the Native sharing circle which served as an entry point for some of the participants. Outside guests are often invited to share or provide information on different topics identified by the program participants. The Men’s Circle is open to men 19 to 65 years old.

For more information call: 905-522-3233 or send an email to administration@hucchc.com

Anger Management for Men Program

The Anger Management for Men Program is intended to provide men with the information and strategies they need to effectively and appropriately manage their anger, improve their overall health and contribute positively to the health and well-being of their families and the community. The Program consists of a series of interactive workshops provided once a week for a period ten weeks. Each session is approximately two hours long. Participants are encouraged to actively and honestly participate in order to experience the maximum benefit. Regular attendance is important to a successful outcome and is required in order to receive a certificate of attendance or participation. Participants will receive a copy of the Program Guideline, handout materials, and other relevant resources and information and a certificate upon successful completion of the program. To participate in the Anger Management Program, participants are required to register prior to the start date and take part in pre and post evaluation.

For more information call: 905-522-3233 or send an email to administration@hucchc.com

Serenity "N" Motion

The Serenity “N” Motion group engages in organizing self-esteem workshops, relaxation sessions, discussion groups and community service activities at various times throughout the year. Meetings take place every week throughout the year. Serenity is focused on empowering women who are marginalized, living on low incomes with relevant resources, information, and tools. The program provides an opportunity to develop healthy social networks, and a safe environment for peer support.

For more information call: 905-522-3233 or send an email to administration@hucchc.com

Women's Approach to Anger Management

Women’s Approach to Anger Management is a series of eight interactive two hour sessions provided once a week. The program is repeated 4 times per year. In a group setting women participating in the program learn how to recognize and implement effective steps for appropriate decision making, to identify and select short term coping strategies and to develop a long term plan for managing anger throughout their lifespan. Registration is required.

For more information call: 905-522-3233 or send an email to administration@hucchc.com

Cooking at the Core

The Cooking at the Core program is offered up to four (4) times per year. During these eight weekly sessions, participants learn about food, nutrition and healthy eating, kitchen safety, safe food handling and basic cooking techniques. In addition, program participants are educated about different ways of preparing nutritious and affordable meals. Many of the participants have gone on to volunteer at special events hosted by Hamilton Urban Core or other organizations in the area. Registration is required.

For more information call: 905-522-3233 or send an email to administration@hucchc.com

 

Community Development Programs

Volunteer Program

The Volunteer Program aims to provide an opportunity to new Canadians and community members to gain work related experience and supports while looking, or getting ready to look for employment. Volunteer Orientation Sessions are scheduled on a regular basis.

For more information call: 905-522-3233 or send an email to administration@hucchc.com

Inner City Women’s Collective Kitchen

The Inner City Women’s Collective Kitchen is offered twice a month to plan and cook affordable meals, learn and share skills helpful in budgeting, shopping and preparation of healthy food. The initiative is aimed to address food access, reduced social isolation, community engagement and capacity building. Participants benefit from money saved through bulk buying, cost sharing, use of seasonal foods

For more information call: 905-522-3233 or send an email to administration@hucchc.com

 

Parenting and Family Support

Early Steps Program

The purpose of the Early Steps program is to develop and promote positive parenting, family support and healthy child development. Participants of the Early Steps Program have an opportunity to learn about child developmental milestones, positive play healthy parent – child bonding, positive discipline for the various stages of a child’s life and developing healthy family relationships. In addition, participants are provided with opportunities and activities that stimulate healthy development in children. Knowledge of resources and supports available for parents and children is also provided to Early Steps participants throughout the program.

For more information call: 905-522-3233 or send an email to administration@hucchc.com

Life Lessons Parenting Program

Life Lessons Parenting Program is a series of 10 weekly two-hour sessions for groups of parents and or individuals providing care to children. The program concentrates on developing positive parenting skills that nurtures the child’s growth throughout all developmental stages. Objectives of the Life Lessons Parenting Program include: increasing knowledge, confidence, and parenting capacity; improving problem-solving and decision-making abilities; providing meaningful activities and education to children; decreasing parental frustrations and emotional burn-out and strengthening the bond between parent and child. The program also works to heal the past wounds due to family loss or family breakdown. Those participating in the Program are provided with relevant tools and resources including a Parenting Manual.

For more information call: 905-522-3233 or send an email to administration@hucchc.com

 



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