Our History

The Ottawa Community Partnerships for Health Equity is a hub for working and learning together to address health inequities in Ottawa. Coordinated by the Social Planning Council of Ottawa, it showcases and promotes community development approaches and local projects with our partners that improve health outcomes for residents impacted by systemic barriers to good health and well-being.  The OCPHE grew out of collaborative work since 2010 between the Social Planning Council of Ottawa and grassroots ethno-cultural minority groups in Ottawa.

View Our Partners.

Some recent highlights of our work include:

Social activities for ethno-cultural seniors.  Since 2016, by supporting over 25 grassroots ethno-cultural groups more than 1,000 ethno-cultural seniors per year have been engaged in regular social activities to reduce isolation, increase connection to mainstream services and stay active and engaged in the community.  (Thanks to the federal government’s New Horizon’s for Seniors Program and United Way of Ottawa and Eastern Ontario) Read more.

Culturally responsive dementia programs.  Since 2018, in collaboration with grassroots ethno-cultural groups we have been running “brain health” social activities for seniors with early dementia and their caregivers from diverse ethno-cultural communities.  (Thanks to the Centre on Aging and Brain Health Innovation and the Ontario Trillium Foundation)  Read more.

Supporting mental well-being in low income neighbourhoods.  Through 2019, in collaboration with the Community Development Framework, we hosted a community planning process to increase supports for mental well-being through community development approaches.  (Thanks to Innoweave) .
Now that we have the plan, it’s time to take action!  Read more.

Arts based activities supporting mental wellness.  Since 2016 we have supported arts-based initiatives to support mental wellness.  See our most recent photovoice project with refugee young people, run in collaboration with Catholic Centre for Immigrants.  Read more.

To get involved, contact Dianne at dianneu@spcottawa.on.ca