Erma has been volunteering with BCHC since August 2009. You may remember her smiling face and helpful manner at the welcome desk at 56 Bayfield Street. Today Erma can be found at the main reception on Tuesday mornings, and filling in when needed. Erma can also be found at the Welcome Desk upstairs by the elevators on Wednesday mornings assisting clients to their appointments and providing BCHC program and community resource information when required. Erma is also a Peer Leader with the Chronic Disease Self Management Program. She has been invaluable in promoting our programs and services by providing information to the residents at Sandy Cove Acres. Erma says that volunteering at BCHC has "Helped me better understand the needs of the community”. Thank you Erma for being an Ambassador for BCHC where “Every One Matters”.
Managing poverty within the primary care setting makes sense, but the issue of poverty doesn’t always get the significant amount of attention required to treat and address it effectively. While comfortable asking for support with medications or health care interventions; some clients living in poverty find it difficult to speak about related issues with their healthcare provider. For those impacted by poverty, there is strong evidence that screening, managing the risk and intervening with poverty often makes a significant difference in the health outcomes of a client.
As we become ‘less young’, we’re often faced with increasing challenges of maintaining good health, including heart health. We desire to be as functional and independent as possible with a good quality of life.
The Barrie Community Health Centre’s mission includes encouraging personal responsibility for one’s own health and Doreen is a Centre user and member who quickly comes to mind.