SOAHAC's Statement of Purpose: " To improve access to and quality of health services for the Aboriginal Community of Southwestern Ontario in the spirit of partnership, mutual respect and sharing."
The SOAHAC Steering Committee is a partnership between:
- Chippewas of the Thames
- Kettle & Stony Point
- N'Amerind Friendship Centre
- Oneidas of the Thames
- Canadian Métis Council
We strive to provide quality, wholistic health services by sharing and promoting traditional and western health practices to enable people to live in a more balanced state of well-being. The Centre services on and off reserve, status, non-status, and Metis Aboriginal populations of the Southwest Ontario region and associate First Nations with the mandate of ensuring that health services are accessible, of high quality and culturally appropriate.
We are excited to let you know that the Southwest Aboriginal Health Access Centre has purchased a building across from the Marvel Beauty School. The address is 493-495 Dundas Street.
We will officially own the building on November 1, 2013. Immediately, we will begin renovations which will transform this new building into a beautiful, spacious and accessible health centre for our community.
The new building will have more examination rooms, counselling space and rooms for traditional healing. It will be easier to get around for clients who have wheelchairs or other mobility issues.
These renovations will be completed in early 2015. Until that time, please continue to come to our William Street address for all of your health care needs.
If you have any questions, please talk to any member of our team.
Improving Access to Health Care for Aboriginal Families in Southwest Ontario
New Ontario Government Investing in Aboriginal Health Access Centres
Ontario is improving access to health care for Aboriginal families in the London area by enhancing the Southwest Ontario Aboriginal Health Access Centre.
New capital investments will support the move to a new location to ensure the centre has enough space to support programs and services. The expanded space will include additional examination rooms, a counselling area, a traditional healing area and extra space for future programs like dental services.
The province is also providing increased annual funding to help the centre improve services for southwestern Ontario’s on- and off-reserve, status, non-status and Métis Aboriginal communities.
Ensuring access to the right care, at the right time and in the right place supports Ontario’s Action Plan for Health Care, and is part of the new Ontario government’s efforts to build a strong economy and a fair society for the benefit of all.
“Aboriginal Health Access Centres play a vital role in helping Ontario’s aboriginal community get the care they need, close to home. This additional support we are providing to the Southwest Ontario Aboriginal Health Access Centre will ensure improved access to high quality health care and other services for local residents.”
---Deb Matthews, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
“We’re committed to building a healthier community here in the London area, with an emphasis on helping the most vulnerable citizens. This funding will allow us to expand our primary health care, traditional healing, health promotion, dental, seniors and youth services so that we can better reach out to all populations of the community we serve.”
---Brian Dokis, Executive Director, Southwest Ontario Aboriginal Health Access Centre