On August 26, The Scarborough Hospital (TSH) teamed up with a number of its partners and hosted its first ever health fair at the General campus, providing information on where to find essential health and community services right here in Scarborough.
“No matter if you are a newcomer to Canada or have lived here all your life, finding the right health and community services where and when you need them can be challenging,” said Waheeda Rahman, Director, Organizational Development and Diversity at TSH.
“The Scarborough Hospital is proud to be part of a community with so many outstanding services and supports for its residents. Our goal in hosting this health fair was to empower our residents with information about what services are available in their community, as well as assist them in navigating the health care system.”
The nearly 150 attendees took part in presentations focusing on the different types of health services available to them in the community. In addition, the hospital and 16 community agencies in Scarborough had information displays and staff who were available to answer questions.
Participating community agencies included:
- Agincourt Community Services Association
- Alzheimer Society of Toronto
- Catholic Crosscultural Services (CCS)
- Cancer Care Ontario (Central East Regional Cancer Program)
- Carefirst Seniors and Community Services
- Community Care Access Centre
- Community Volunteer Clinic for the Medically Uninsured (CVC)
- Goodwill Employment Services
- Hong Fook Connecting Health Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinic
- Muslim Welfare Centre
- Scarborough Centre for Healthy Communities
- Settlement Assistance and Family Support Services
- St. Paul’s L’Amoreaux Centre
- TAIBU Community Health Centre
- Toronto Public Health
- TransCare Community Support Services
The health fair was an initiative of TSH’s “Global Community Resource Centre”. The only place of its kind among hospitals in the Greater Toronto Area, the Global Community Resource Centre offers patients, staff and the community access to free, multilingual health and community information.
Fourteen community agencies in Scarborough are partners with the Global Community Resource Centre. These community agencies help to deliver workshops on a wide range of topics twice a month, and staff a “Community Desk”, which provides information and referrals, on a rotating basis.
For more information on the Global Community Resource Centre, visit www.tsh.to/patients-families/patient-services/global-community-resource-centre/ .