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Annual Report 2021 - The pandemic didn't stop the Community Health Hub from opening it's doors

It was years in the making and months of preparation and anticipation, and the COVID-19 pandemic was not going to get in the way of the Community Health Hub staff from moving into their new space in June 2020. 

This purpose-built medical building is the new home of Waypoint's outpatient mental health program and community services for housing, employment, and rehabilitation, as well as our partner, CHIGAMIK Community Health Centre.

The Hub was made possible in part through partnership with the Town of Midland, and exterior construction started a few years ago. Interior finishing began in the fall of 2019, followed by two funding announcements – one from the province for $9.8 million, and the other from the County of Simcoe for $673,252. This was the second installment from the County for a total of $1.28 million, part of their commitment to support hospital capital and redevelopment projects.

These generous investments helped open the doors, albeit mostly virtually, and increase access to care for residents of North Simcoe by co-locating primary care and mental health supports, youth programming, traditional healing, and walk-in services under one roof.

Other community organizations are also sharing the space including the North Simcoe Youth Wellness Hub, the Patient/Client & Family Council, the Rapid Access Addiction Medicine (RAAM) clinic (facilitated by the Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre), the Mental Health Walk-In Clinic (facilitated by Catholic Family Services of Simcoe County), the Midland Midwives By the Bay, and the Huronia Community Foundation.

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