Ottawa Newcomer Health Centre

Ottawa Newcomer Health Centre Ottawa Newcomer Health Centre is a non-profit organization providing health services for newcomers to Ottawa. Visit our website: www.onhc.ca to learn more about the services we offer.

Operating as usual

Did you know that ONHC started out as just a 1/2 day per week clinic?We are so grateful for the team we have built since...
11/10/2021

Did you know that ONHC started out as just a 1/2 day per week clinic?

We are so grateful for the team we have built since then and the amount of newcomers that we have been able to support.

You can check out our timeline on our website here:
https://onhc.ca/about-us/onhc-story/

Did you know that ONHC started out as just a 1/2 day per week clinic?

We are so grateful for the team we have built since then and the amount of newcomers that we have been able to support.

You can check out our timeline on our website here:
https://onhc.ca/about-us/onhc-story/

11/08/2021

Happy Monday, Ottawa! 😊

As we approach colder months, please consider donating any extra winter coats/jackets, boots that you may have for newcomers to Ottawa.

Come join us on November 5th to talk about Diabetes and learn if you are at risk of developing it.Register now to reserv...
11/04/2021

Come join us on November 5th to talk about Diabetes and learn if you are at risk of developing it.

Register now to reserve your free spot: https://bit.ly/3DJ5ruy

Come join us on November 5th to talk about Diabetes and learn if you are at risk of developing it.

Register now to reserve your free spot: https://bit.ly/3DJ5ruy

Acompañenos este 5 de Noviembre para hablar acerca de diabetes y saber si estas en riesgo para desarrollarla.Registrate ...
11/04/2021

Acompañenos este 5 de Noviembre para hablar acerca de diabetes y saber si estas en riesgo para desarrollarla.

Registrate ahora para reservar tu lugar gratuitamente https://bit.ly/3DJ5ruy

Acompañenos este 5 de Noviembre para hablar acerca de diabetes y saber si estas en riesgo para desarrollarla.

Registrate ahora para reservar tu lugar gratuitamente https://bit.ly/3DJ5ruy

ANNOUNCEMENT 📢Our Guide for Newcomers is now available for download on our website!It has been updated to include more i...
11/03/2021

ANNOUNCEMENT 📢

Our Guide for Newcomers is now available for download on our website!

It has been updated to include more information, tips, and resources for health and social services for newcomers to Ottawa.

You can view and download it here: https://onhc.ca/

ANNOUNCEMENT 📢

Our Guide for Newcomers is now available for download on our website!

It has been updated to include more information, tips, and resources for health and social services for newcomers to Ottawa.

You can view and download it here: https://onhc.ca/

We have been able to support 300 families and counting with our Temporary Covid-19 Support fund!If you or someone you kn...
11/02/2021

We have been able to support 300 families and counting with our Temporary Covid-19 Support fund!

If you or someone you know could benefit from this fund, please apply here: https://bit.ly/307nkVl

We have been able to support 300 families and counting with our Temporary Covid-19 Support fund!

If you or someone you know could benefit from this fund, please apply here: https://bit.ly/307nkVl

Our centre is here to support trans newcomers, immigrants, and refugees access essential health services in a safe, incl...
10/29/2021

Our centre is here to support trans newcomers, immigrants, and refugees access essential health services in a safe, inclusive and welcoming environment.

Our centre is here to support trans newcomers, immigrants, and refugees access essential health services in a safe, inclusive and welcoming environment.

Timeline Photos
10/28/2021

Timeline Photos

Are you wondering about vaccines passports and how to get a receipt? You’re invited to a virtual Q&A session about COVID-19 and vaccines on Oct. 28 from 7-8 pm!

Questions can be asked in Arabic, English or French.

Zoom link: https://ottawa-ca.zoom.us/j/89248523354

Learn more about why professional interpretation is important especially in a healthcare setting.http://ow.ly/zDn250GuGs...
10/28/2021

Learn more about why professional interpretation is important especially in a healthcare setting.

http://ow.ly/zDn250GuGsY

Learn more about why professional interpretation is important especially in a healthcare setting.

http://ow.ly/zDn250GuGsY

Acompañenos este 5 de Noviembre para hablar acerca de diabetes y saber si estas en riesgo para desarrollarla.Registrate ...
10/26/2021

Acompañenos este 5 de Noviembre para hablar acerca de diabetes y saber si estas en riesgo para desarrollarla.

Registrate ahora para reservar tu lugar gratuitamente https://bit.ly/3DJ5ruy

Acompañenos este 5 de Noviembre para hablar acerca de diabetes y saber si estas en riesgo para desarrollarla.

Registrate ahora para reservar tu lugar gratuitamente https://bit.ly/3DJ5ruy

Come join us on November 5th to talk about Diabetes and learn if you are at risk of developing it.Register now to reserv...
10/26/2021

Come join us on November 5th to talk about Diabetes and learn if you are at risk of developing it.

Register now to reserve your free spot: https://bit.ly/3DJ5ruy

Come join us on November 5th to talk about Diabetes and learn if you are at risk of developing it.

Register now to reserve your free spot: https://bit.ly/3DJ5ruy

Happy Monday!Our wish for you this week is that you don't forget to carry your vaccine proof anywhere.Download it now: h...
10/25/2021
Proof of COVID-19 vaccination

Happy Monday!

Our wish for you this week is that you don't forget to carry your vaccine proof anywhere.

Download it now: http://ow.ly/sMul50GvFCw

You must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19covid 19 and provide proof of identification and COVID-19covid 19 vaccination to access certain businesses and settings. Download your vaccine certificateBook an appointment

Our on-site team is fully vaccinated and taking all precautions to support you safely. #NewcomerHealth
10/20/2021

Our on-site team is fully vaccinated and taking all precautions to support you safely. #NewcomerHealth

Our on-site team is fully vaccinated and taking all precautions to support you safely. #NewcomerHealth

Thank you to @recyclesottawa for supporting newcomers with us.Our client can now have their own mode of transport and en...
10/19/2021

Thank you to @recyclesottawa for supporting newcomers with us.

Our client can now have their own mode of transport and enjoy the outdoors more!

Thank you to @recyclesottawa for supporting newcomers with us.

Our client can now have their own mode of transport and enjoy the outdoors more!

We have been able to support 300 families and counting with our Temporary Covid-19 Support fund!If you or someone you kn...
10/18/2021

We have been able to support 300 families and counting with our Temporary Covid-19 Support fund!

If you or someone you know could benefit from this fund, please apply here: https://bit.ly/307nkVl

We have been able to support 300 families and counting with our Temporary Covid-19 Support fund!

If you or someone you know could benefit from this fund, please apply here: https://bit.ly/307nkVl

Folks from the ACB community, join us on Saturday at the ACB Wellness Resource Centre for our vaccine initiative.We also...
10/15/2021

Folks from the ACB community, join us on Saturday at the ACB Wellness Resource Centre for our vaccine initiative.

We also have a foodbank and recreational activities on-site!

10/14/2021

Yang, our Ottawa Language Access (OLA) interpreter talks about the importance of professional interpretation in healthcare. #ThursdayThrowback

10/12/2021

Many young newcomers to Canada work as baristas to support their education.

They might be trying to overcome language barriers as they take your orders.

Please be kind to them :)

Timeline Photos
10/11/2021

Timeline Photos

Thanksgiving gives us an opportunity to reflect on what we’re thankful for.

This last year has had its challenges and we’d like to acknowledge and express our thanks (in no particular order) for:
- Vaccines
- Bruce
- Healthcare workers
- Free condoms
- Our community

CAMH and its partners are conducting a study to develop a culturally-adapted version of Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (C...
10/11/2021

CAMH and its partners are conducting a study to develop a culturally-adapted version of Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for Canadians of South Asian origin. The team is recruiting participants to attend therapy sessions and complete questionnaires.

You can participate if you:
 Identify as South Asian or of South Asian origin
 Are between 18 and 64 years of age
 Live in British Columbia or Ontario
 Are experiencing symptoms of anxiety and/or depression
 Have not received CBT treatment in the past 12 months

If you want to help improve mental health services and you fit the criteria above, or for any questions, please contact [email protected] or call 416-535-8501 ext. 33760

CAMH and its partners are conducting a study to develop a culturally-adapted version of Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for Canadians of South Asian origin. The team is recruiting participants to attend therapy sessions and complete questionnaires.

You can participate if you:
 Identify as South Asian or of South Asian origin
 Are between 18 and 64 years of age
 Live in British Columbia or Ontario
 Are experiencing symptoms of anxiety and/or depression
 Have not received CBT treatment in the past 12 months

If you want to help improve mental health services and you fit the criteria above, or for any questions, please contact [email protected] or call 416-535-8501 ext. 33760

Whether you're a newcomer to #Ottawa or not, you can try out these activities to enjoy the #Fall weather.https://bit.ly/...
10/08/2021

Whether you're a newcomer to #Ottawa or not, you can try out these activities to enjoy the #Fall weather.

https://bit.ly/3oLZh8T

Whether you're a newcomer to #Ottawa or not, you can try out these activities to enjoy the #Fall weather.

https://bit.ly/3oLZh8T

BIG NEWS: We have been able to extend our funding support to a fourth phase. Please share to reach more people that coul...
10/07/2021

BIG NEWS: We have been able to extend our funding support to a fourth phase.

Please share to reach more people that could benefit from this support: https://bit.ly/307nkVl

BIG NEWS: We have been able to extend our funding support to a fourth phase.

Please share to reach more people that could benefit from this support: https://bit.ly/307nkVl

"Reconciliation is a shared responsibility for all Canadians and requires action not just on this day, but every day."We...
09/30/2021

"Reconciliation is a shared responsibility for all Canadians and requires action not just on this day, but every day."

We can all learn more and reflect on the meaning of this day: bit.ly/3u03ndY

#NationalDayforTruthandReconciliation #OrangeShirtDay

"Reconciliation is a shared responsibility for all Canadians and requires action not just on this day, but every day."

We can all learn more and reflect on the meaning of this day: bit.ly/3u03ndY

#NationalDayforTruthandReconciliation #OrangeShirtDay

On this International Translation Day, we want to thank our professional language interpreters that help create unbiased...
09/30/2021

On this International Translation Day, we want to thank our professional language interpreters that help create unbiased dialogue and understanding between people.

#ITD #LanguageInterpretation

On this International Translation Day, we want to thank our professional language interpreters that help create unbiased dialogue and understanding between people.

#ITD #LanguageInterpretation

Join our #Vaccine Initiative for the #African, #Caribbean, and #Black Community at the ACB Wellness Resource Centre ever...
09/28/2021

Join our #Vaccine Initiative for the #African, #Caribbean, and #Black Community at the ACB Wellness Resource Centre every Wednesday & Saturday till the end of October!

Please share widely to reach more members in the community.

09/27/2021

What are you #grateful for today?

09/24/2021

Our favorite suggestion for your weekend plans:

Get vaccinated and get some self-care in.

You deserve it.

Our multicultural health navigators are still providing virtual support and community resources to clients.Learn more: h...
09/21/2021

Our multicultural health navigators are still providing virtual support and community resources to clients.

Learn more: https://onhc.ca/

Our multicultural health navigators are still providing virtual support and community resources to clients.

Learn more: https://onhc.ca/

09/20/2021

Ten minutes.

Take just ten minutes to yourself before starting your week.

Breathe. You got this.

You deserve to receive health care support in YOUR language.Read about how Ottawa Language Access (OLA) is providing lin...
09/17/2021
Our Social Enterprise: Ottawa Language Access (OLA) - Ottawa Newcomer Health Centre

You deserve to receive health care support in YOUR language.

Read about how Ottawa Language Access (OLA) is providing linguistic support to people: http://ow.ly/33fC50G97QL

#ThursdayThoughts

What is Ottawa Language Access?  Ottawa Language Access (OLA) was established in 2015 to bridge the language gap that exists between health care providers and their service recipients. OLA provides interpretation services to programs and entities in Ottawa whose clients require language interpretat...

Ottawa Language Access is starting the initial screening for adding new interpreters to the team.Are you fluent in any o...
09/16/2021

Ottawa Language Access is starting the initial screening for adding new interpreters to the team.

Are you fluent in any of these languages? Do you want to support people overcome language barriers?

If yes, consider applying: https://onhc.ca/join-us-as-a-language-interpreter/

#LanguageSupport

Ottawa Language Access is starting the initial screening for adding new interpreters to the team.

Are you fluent in any of these languages? Do you want to support people overcome language barriers?

If yes, consider applying: https://onhc.ca/join-us-as-a-language-interpreter/

#LanguageSupport

09/14/2021

Thank you @newcomer_health team for your support in community vaccination.

In partnership with Parkdale United Church, we managed to vaccinate 62 clients in the community this weekend.

#Grateful #TeamWork

09/13/2021

Newcomers,

keep fighting for a seat at the table because YOU DESERVE IT.

#MondayMotivation

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219 Argyle Avenue
Ottawa, ON
K2P2H4

Opening Hours

Monday 9am - 5pm
Tuesday 9am - 7:30pm
Wednesday 9am - 5pm
Thursday 9am - 5pm
Friday 9am - 5pm

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+16136910192

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The Ottawa Newcomer Health Centre (ONHC) has had tremendous growth since 2008. A small initiative started by a couple of physicians form Bruyere Academic Family Health Team, the Catholic Centre for Immigrants, Ottawa Local Immigration Partnership and a few other champions who saw a problem and put their minds together to come up with a solution. The challenge we faced was that we had newcomers arriving in Ottawa who didn’t have a place to access immediate healthcare services. The solution was to bring health care providers to the newcomers staying at Maison Sophia (aka Reception House). Although, far from ideal, this provided some level of health care to newcomers who were not able to access health care services. The leadership and employees of Somerset West Community Health Centre was heavily involved and provided clinical and administrative services on site at Maison Sophia.

As demand increased, individuals who were involved in this initiative started to apply for funding making the case for the need to have a dedicated centre for newcomer health. Through collaboration and efforts from those involved, we went from being called Reception House to Wellness Centre to finally being known as Ottawa Newcomer Health Centre. What started out in a small storage room with unstable funding has transformed to a permanent health centre with stable and ongoing funding to serve newcomers to Ottawa. However, what remains constant is the dedication and passion of those involved.

Majority of ONHC’s staff have lived experience as a newcomer to Canada. Over 80% of ONHC’s team is either first or second-generation immigrants. So, we know what it’s like to be confused about the healthcare system and how it works, to be overwhelmed by the number of forms to be filled or be unaware of how to find a primary care provider. Our priorities include health system education, system navigation and advocacy. We strive for timely, coordinated and culturally appropriate care. Here’s a look at how far we’ve come from our humble beginnings.

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