TELUS announced the expansion of the company’s innovative Health for Good program with Parkdale Queen West Community Health Centre (CHC) and University Health Network’s (UHN) Social Medicine Program. The Parkdale Queen West Mobile Health Clinic powered by TELUS Health, a specially-equipped clinic on wheels, will provide essential primary health and harm reduction services directly to underserved persons in neighborhoods in the mid-west region of Toronto. In addition, the clinic will enable mobile COVID-19 testing and vaccination efforts at homeless sheltering sites, congregate housing for marginalized populations and in areas with high positivity rates.
“Access to healthcare is a right, and opportunities for good health cannot be a privilege for some—it must be enabled for all,” said Angela Robertson, Executive Director of Parkdale Queen West CHC. “The COVID-19 pandemic has further highlighted structural inequities faced by the city’s marginalized populations, and Parkdale Queen West CHC is thrilled to be in partnership with TELUS Health and UHN’s Social Medicine Program to deliver on our mission of providing healthcare for people when, where and how they need it.”
Estimates show that there are more than 8,700 Torontonians experiencing homelessness each day. We know that marginalized populations are often challenged to access primary health care, counselling and mental health support, as well as harm reduction and illness prevention services. Through this collaborative partnership, TELUS, Parkdale Queen West CHC and UHN’s Social Medicine Program’s will improve the health and wellbeing of these individuals and communities who are at-risk and/or face barriers to accessing high quality health care services and supports.
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