What is a community health centre (CHC)?

Community Health Centres (CHCs) are non-profit organizations that provide a range of comprehensive primary care services and health promotion programs for individuals, families and communities. CHCs operate under the principle that people’s health and wellbeing is influenced by non-medical factors such as income, employment, social supports, housing, nutrition, education and the environment. These factors are taken into account when planning care for individuals and programs for the community. CHCs provide education and assist people in accessing the resources and supports they need from other community agencies. Their programs and services, in collaboration with community agencies, contribute to the development of healthy communities.

Durham Community Health Centre (DCHC) is a registered, charitable organization providing a wide range of free services and programs to community members across Durham Region. We are an interprofessional group of staff that include team members such as physicians, specialists, healthcare staff, mental health professionals, program and support staff. Our expert team provides a wide range of healthcare, mental health, and social services that are inclusive, equitable and accessible to all. 

DCHC’s comprehensive services address the complex picture of human health. This means we consider the social, emotional, economic, health and developmental circumstances an individual is experiencing when accessing services. We partner with clients to improve their own health and wellness.   

We strive to be accessible to community members who face barriers such as culture, gender, age, geographic isolation, homelessness, language, physical and/or cognitive disabilities, poverty, sexual identity and race.    

Most of our programs are offered free of charge and open to anyone seeking support. Our healthcare services include day-to-day healthcare and physician visits, chronic disease management, and mental health. We also offer a range of community programs that promote community members’ control over their own health.  These program offerings include supports for healthy decision making, parenting support, child development, and youth empowerment.    

DCHC is committed to reconciliation and partnership with Indigenous communities. We offer a wide range of Indigenous-led programming that provides a variety of culturally relevant activities and events to serve Turtle Island’s diverse urban Indigenous community.  

As a trusted community partner, we collaborate with numerous organizations to provide the best possible care for our clients.  

With your help, we are building healthier communities together. 

For more information please visit our website: Home – Carea (careachc.ca)


Brock CHC, a non-profit charitable organization serving the communities of Brock Township and surrounding areas, is committed to the provision of quality primary health care services and health promotion programs to improve and strengthen the lives of individuals and families, and contribute to a healthy, equitable and more connected community. Brock CHC collaborates with community partners to provide a range of health services to residents with a focus on the social determinants of health.

Our interdisciplinary team consists of physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, registered practical nurses, diabetes educators, physiotherapist, dietitians, social worker, health promoter, community health workers and more. All services are free of charge.

Brock CHC is framed by a shared Model of Health and Wellbeing that commits to quality, people- and community-centred primary health care, health equity and social justice, and community vitality and belonging. Brock CHC is committed to the Model of Health and Wellbeing to guide the delivery of primary health care and is committed to service that is:

  • Grounded in community development
  • Based on the social determinants of health
  • Community governed
  • Interprofessional, integrated and coordinated
  • Accountable and efficient
  • Population needs-based
  • Accessible
  • Anti-oppressive and culturally safe
For more information please visit the website: https://www.brockchc.ca/