A Message to Our Clients and Community
Davenport-Perth Neighbourhood and Community Health Centre’s Statement on Anti-Black Racism
Davenport Perth Neighbourhood and Community Health Centre stand with Black, Indigenous and People of Colour colleagues and community members, and their loved ones. We acknowledge the long-term and historical trauma that has been a part of the reality for Black people whose basic human rights have been denied for generations. At this moment, we are mindful of the events of the past few weeks and the toll it has taken on our Black colleagues and friends.
These tragedies emerge from long-standing dynamics of anti-Black racism and white privilege. We join with the Alliance for Healthier Communities’ Black Health Committee, the Black Health Alliance, and Network for Advancement of Black Communities (NABC) in calling for faster action to confront white supremacy and address anti-Black racism through:
- Declaring racism as a public health crisis.
- Enhanced accountability infrastructure to address police brutality, police violence and harms to Black communities.
- A strengthened Anti-Racism Directorate with a clearly articulated, targeted and systemic anti-Black racism strategy.
- A provincial commitment to the allocation of protected funds to provide culturally appropriate health and wellbeing support within Black communities. A critical component of undoing anti-Black racism is working towards making Black life liveable.
- Culturally appropriate organizations given the support they need to continue providing these services.
We further call for a provincial commitment to immediately require the collection of race-based public health data across our province.
And we call upon the City of Toronto to take steps to divert resources currently dedicated to policing towards community-led programming and violence prevention strategies and supports that focus on building relationships and strengthening access to resources urgently needed in our communities.
We stand in solidarity and support with Black people, committed to disrupting cycles of violence. We refuse to make this an issue only Black people care about and act upon. This affects everyone, and it is everyone’s business.
We will continue our efforts to make DPNCHC an inclusive organization. We acknowledge that tackling structural discrimination and advancing ongoing anti-oppression is an integral part of this work. We will be responsible and accountable to our clients and our community as we undertake to confront and change systems of oppression.
Davenport-Perth Neighbourhood & Community Health Centre
June 5th 2020
Download a copy of our statement on anti-Black racism here.
UPDATES on COVID-19
UPDATE AUGUST 6th:
Despite the good news about COVID infection numbers going down in Toronto, Davenport Perth Neighbourhood and Community Health Centre (DPNCHC) and health policy advisors believe that a more severe second wave of COVID 19 could occur in the fall and winter of 2020. Because of the concern for a higher second wave, DPNCHC will not be opening up its programs to more in-person service at this time. Instead, we will continue to offer services as described below. We will review this decision towards the end of October and provide an update on whether our services will stay the same or change.
During this time, please stay safe by social distancing which is keeping apart from other people by at least 2 metres (6 feet), wearing a mask in indoor places or outside when social distancing is not possible and by washing your hands frequently. Although the daily numbers of COVID infections have been going down across the province, these are early days in reopening the economy to Stage 3 and the potential for virus spread is still a big concern.
On March 16, 2020, we made the difficult decision to temporarily suspend all of our in person group programming. We did this to help stop the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and to keep our community members as healthy as possible.
We know this will have a big impact on people who enjoy our group programs, and, it may also adversely affect people who rely on us for support. It is with this understanding that we are still offering the programs and services listed below.
For a digest of general COVID-19 updates, please click here.
NEIGHBOURHOOD CENTRE PROGRAMS CURRENTLY AVAILABLE (as of August 6th 2020):
The Neighbourhood Centre building is still closed to the public until further notice (please continue scrolling down for information about the Health Centre). The following Neighbourhood Centre services are available via contactless pickup, telephone, or online:
- Take-away meals at 5:00 PM on Mondays and Wednesdays (pick up outside the main entrance at 1900 Davenport Road);
- Telephone outreach to vulnerable clients and community members;
- Telephone information on how to access community services and supports;
- Harm reduction supplies (distributed from the main floor of the Health Centre);
- Settlement services by telephone or video call – for more information click here;
- Crisis support by telephone or video call – for more information click here;
- Literacy Programs via video call or one-on-one appointments – for more information click here;
- Seniors services group phone calls, live video fitness programs, and small outdoor group activities – for more information click here;
- Early Years Programs daily videos featuring singing, crafts, activities, and workshops on child development – for more information, click here.
Calls regarding these services and how to access them will be answered at (416) 656-8025 during the following hours:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 9:00am – 5:00pm
If your call is not answered, or you call after-hours, please leave a message on our main line and someone will call you back.
The Community Choice Pharmacy will be offering full services during this time.
HEALTH CENTRE SERVICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE (as of August 6th 2020):
IMPORTANT NOTICE: Health Services are only being offered to our existing clients at this time.
Physiotherapy is being offered by phone and video appointments.
Dietitian Counselling is being offered by phone and video appointments.
Mental Health Counselling / Therapy is being offered by phone and video appointments.
PRIMARY CARE (i.e. appointments with doctors and nurses)
We are providing the majority of primary care by telephone including:
- Medical advice;
- Medication renewals.
We will continue to provide in-person appointments to our regular clients for urgent health issues that cannot be treated over the phone such as:
- Prenatal appointments;
- Chronic health conditions;
- Immunization for babies and children;
- New health concerns such as ear infections, UTIs;
- Medication renewals that cannot be done over the phone.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT ACCESSING THE HEALTH CENTRE
Before coming to the Health Centre YOU MUST CALL FIRST TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT.
Depending on your need, you will be booked for a phone or in-person appointment.
All persons coming into the Health Centre and, or the pharmacy, will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms and travel history.
COVID-19 symptoms include fever, cough and difficulty breathing. See below for guidelines on how to self–monitor for COVID-19.
If you have symptoms of COVID-19 and your symptoms are mild, we ask that you do not come into the clinic and instead call us, Telehealth (1-866-553-7205) or Toronto Public health (416-338-7600) for advice and stay at home to self-isolate for 14 days.
If your symptoms are very severe or you are having difficulty breathing you should go to the emergency room for assessment. Do not call 911 or go to the emergency room unless it is an emergency.
DPNCHC will not be doing any testing for COVID-19. This will be done at the Assessments Centres. If you would like more information on COVID-19, or the Assessment Centres please visit: https://www.toronto.ca/home/covid-19/covid-19-health-advice/covid-19-assessment-centres/
RESOURCES ON COVID-19
HOW TO SELF-MONITOR FOR COVID-19:
HOW TO SELF-ISOLATE IF YOU HAVE SYMPTOMS:
SELF-ISOLATION GUIDE FOR CAREGIVERS, HOUSEHOLD MEMBERS, AND CLOSE CONTACTS:
HOW TO PRACTICE PHYSICAL DISTANCING:
One of the important ways we can keep ourselves healthy and protect others during this time is to practice social distancing.