East Toronto students, families to benefit from new paediatric clinic

Community Sep 12, 2017 by Joanna Lavoie Beach Mirror

Students from 11 east Toronto elementary schools along with their families can now access health care services from the comfort of their own community.

Earlier this week, Chester Elementary School, near Pape and Cosburn avenues, opened a new paediatric clinic.

Five years in the making, the new space is the result of a partnership between the Toronto District School Board and the South Riverdale Community Health Centre (SRCHC), which is providing the services of two part-time paediatricians as well as a part-time psychologist. The community health centre will also take care of supplies and provide a coordinator.

A private donation of $5,000 from west Toronto resident Yun-Back Kim helped cover the cost of renovating the former storage areas and purchasing other essential items.

For now, the new clinic, which includes a waiting area, an exam room and a meeting room/office, will be open two days a week but will expand as needed.

East Toronto schools that can access the services include Chester Elementary School, Cosburn Middle School, Diefenbaker Elementary School, Duke of Connaught Public School, Earl Beatty Public School, Earl Haig Public School, RH McGregor Public School, Roden Public School, Westwood Middle School, and William Burgess Elementary School.

Principal Sean Hume said the opening of the new paediatric clinic is the culmination of efforts of “many, many people.”

“It’s been a long time in the making, but we’re really excited to have this clinic,” he told students, teachers, partners, and supporters who gathered for the grand opening event in the school’s front foyer Monday.

Hume first got the idea to establish a medical clinic at Chester about five years ago when he attended an open house at the nearby City Adult Learning Centre. That school, which serves students ages 18 to 21 and adults, has an in-house medical clinic.

“I thought it was a great idea to bring community services into schools,” said Hume, who around that time also attended a community meeting that looked at needs for those living north of Danforth Avenue.

“I learned there was a great need for paediatric services.”

Hume said they then started gathering allies and working through the red tape to make a paediatric clinic at Chester a reality.

The new paediatric medical clinic is part of the Model Schools Paediatric Health Initiative, which brings medical clinics to local schools and makes it easier for children to access healthcare.

The need for more and easier access to health care services for children in Toronto’s east end is nothing new.

Back in 2011, the SRCHC, WoodGreen Community Services, and the Massey Centre for Women did a community needs assessment for those living north of Danforth Avenue. Among other things, it was determined that paediatric services were lacking in the area, which is home to many lower-income households and newcomers.

Jason Alterberg, SRCHC’s director of programs and services, said the new paediatric clinic is a great way for his organization to fill in the gaps and fulfill its goal of improving the overall wellbeing of the community.

East Toronto students, families to benefit from new paediatric clinic

School board, community health centre partner on project

Community Sep 12, 2017 by Joanna Lavoie Beach Mirror

Students from 11 east Toronto elementary schools along with their families can now access health care services from the comfort of their own community.

Earlier this week, Chester Elementary School, near Pape and Cosburn avenues, opened a new paediatric clinic.

Five years in the making, the new space is the result of a partnership between the Toronto District School Board and the South Riverdale Community Health Centre (SRCHC), which is providing the services of two part-time paediatricians as well as a part-time psychologist. The community health centre will also take care of supplies and provide a coordinator.

A private donation of $5,000 from west Toronto resident Yun-Back Kim helped cover the cost of renovating the former storage areas and purchasing other essential items.

For now, the new clinic, which includes a waiting area, an exam room and a meeting room/office, will be open two days a week but will expand as needed.

East Toronto schools that can access the services include Chester Elementary School, Cosburn Middle School, Diefenbaker Elementary School, Duke of Connaught Public School, Earl Beatty Public School, Earl Haig Public School, RH McGregor Public School, Roden Public School, Westwood Middle School, and William Burgess Elementary School.

Principal Sean Hume said the opening of the new paediatric clinic is the culmination of efforts of “many, many people.”

“It’s been a long time in the making, but we’re really excited to have this clinic,” he told students, teachers, partners, and supporters who gathered for the grand opening event in the school’s front foyer Monday.

Hume first got the idea to establish a medical clinic at Chester about five years ago when he attended an open house at the nearby City Adult Learning Centre. That school, which serves students ages 18 to 21 and adults, has an in-house medical clinic.

“I thought it was a great idea to bring community services into schools,” said Hume, who around that time also attended a community meeting that looked at needs for those living north of Danforth Avenue.

“I learned there was a great need for paediatric services.”

Hume said they then started gathering allies and working through the red tape to make a paediatric clinic at Chester a reality.

The new paediatric medical clinic is part of the Model Schools Paediatric Health Initiative, which brings medical clinics to local schools and makes it easier for children to access healthcare.

The need for more and easier access to health care services for children in Toronto’s east end is nothing new.

Back in 2011, the SRCHC, WoodGreen Community Services, and the Massey Centre for Women did a community needs assessment for those living north of Danforth Avenue. Among other things, it was determined that paediatric services were lacking in the area, which is home to many lower-income households and newcomers.

Jason Alterberg, SRCHC’s director of programs and services, said the new paediatric clinic is a great way for his organization to fill in the gaps and fulfill its goal of improving the overall wellbeing of the community.

East Toronto students, families to benefit from new paediatric clinic

School board, community health centre partner on project

Community Sep 12, 2017 by Joanna Lavoie Beach Mirror

Students from 11 east Toronto elementary schools along with their families can now access health care services from the comfort of their own community.

Earlier this week, Chester Elementary School, near Pape and Cosburn avenues, opened a new paediatric clinic.

Five years in the making, the new space is the result of a partnership between the Toronto District School Board and the South Riverdale Community Health Centre (SRCHC), which is providing the services of two part-time paediatricians as well as a part-time psychologist. The community health centre will also take care of supplies and provide a coordinator.

A private donation of $5,000 from west Toronto resident Yun-Back Kim helped cover the cost of renovating the former storage areas and purchasing other essential items.

For now, the new clinic, which includes a waiting area, an exam room and a meeting room/office, will be open two days a week but will expand as needed.

East Toronto schools that can access the services include Chester Elementary School, Cosburn Middle School, Diefenbaker Elementary School, Duke of Connaught Public School, Earl Beatty Public School, Earl Haig Public School, RH McGregor Public School, Roden Public School, Westwood Middle School, and William Burgess Elementary School.

Principal Sean Hume said the opening of the new paediatric clinic is the culmination of efforts of “many, many people.”

“It’s been a long time in the making, but we’re really excited to have this clinic,” he told students, teachers, partners, and supporters who gathered for the grand opening event in the school’s front foyer Monday.

Hume first got the idea to establish a medical clinic at Chester about five years ago when he attended an open house at the nearby City Adult Learning Centre. That school, which serves students ages 18 to 21 and adults, has an in-house medical clinic.

“I thought it was a great idea to bring community services into schools,” said Hume, who around that time also attended a community meeting that looked at needs for those living north of Danforth Avenue.

“I learned there was a great need for paediatric services.”

Hume said they then started gathering allies and working through the red tape to make a paediatric clinic at Chester a reality.

The new paediatric medical clinic is part of the Model Schools Paediatric Health Initiative, which brings medical clinics to local schools and makes it easier for children to access healthcare.

The need for more and easier access to health care services for children in Toronto’s east end is nothing new.

Back in 2011, the SRCHC, WoodGreen Community Services, and the Massey Centre for Women did a community needs assessment for those living north of Danforth Avenue. Among other things, it was determined that paediatric services were lacking in the area, which is home to many lower-income households and newcomers.

Jason Alterberg, SRCHC’s director of programs and services, said the new paediatric clinic is a great way for his organization to fill in the gaps and fulfill its goal of improving the overall wellbeing of the community.