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Resources to help promote health and wellness within our community

The Aboriginal Health Outreach program provides 1:1 peer counseling and supports to meet the health needs to the community and individuals by way of health promotion, education, and linkages within the Indigenous and mainstream resources.

Learn More: Barrie Native Friendship Centre

Offered through the Barrie Community Health Centre, The My Best Weight program is a physician-supervised medical program focused on providing individualized, evidence-based, non-judgmental care.

Eligible clients are adults (18+) living with:

  • Obesity (BMI over 30) OR
  • Overweight (BMI 27-30) and have weight-related health issues (i.e. diabetes or a fatty liver).

To be accepted into the program, you must be referred by a medical practitioner such as your family doctor, Nurse Practitioner or a specialist.

Learn More: My Best Weight

Working alongside culturally deaf, oral deaf, deafened and hard of hearing people of all ages, their families, and the community throughout the region.

Learn More: Deaf Access Simcoe Muskoka

The Family Support Program offers Family-Centered case management support to families who have children under the age of 18 living at home with a diagnosed intellectual disability. Family Support Workers assist families to access community resources and provide both direct and indirect support to families through home visits, collaborative community visits, resource and referral supports. 

Learn More: Empower Simcoe

Offering families/care providers with children, prenatal through 6 years, a range of core services which can assist them in their parenting or caregiving role as well as provide a safe environment where children can experience a variety of learning activities and practice new found skills.

Learn More: EarlyON

Fully coordinated rehabilitation clinic specializing in back and neck pain as well as treatment for other injuries.

Personalized services focused on reducing pain and gaining mobility and strength so you can recover from injuries and return to the activities that are important to you.

Learn More: CBI Health

The Closing the Gap Healthcare OHIP-eligible physiotherapy clinic is focused on providing patient centred care and supporting rehabilitation needs through safe and reliable care, for ages 19 or younger, 65 or older or any age after overnight hospitalization for a condition that requires physiotherapy. Other eligible patients would be recipients of Ontario Works or the Ontario Disability Support Program.

Closing the Gap services clients with varying degrees of health conditions, evaluating the physical needs and abilities of each individual and implementing a treatment plan to help relieve pain and improve mobility and function.

Learn More: Closing the Gap

Diabetes Care

A multidisciplinary team approach to helping patients with diabetes better manage their disease with a goal to improve health outcomes for adults living with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes by providing education that supports individual learning and patient self-management.

Visits are available both in person and over the phone with a member of our team.

Learn More: Barrie and Community Family Health Team

Barrie Community Health Centre’s Diabetes Management Centre sees adults (ages 18+) living with Type 1, Type 2 or Gestational Diabetes as well as those who have Prediabetes.

Referrals from physicians and self-referrals are accepted.

Services offered:

  • Individual appointments with a Nurse and/or Dietitian
  • Group sessions – cooking demos, education and exercise classes
  • Specialist care as needed if referred to by a physician
  • Education and support for adults controlling their diabetes with medications, injections, insulin pumps or simply with diet and lifestyle
  • Insulin pump starts and support
  • Ongoing follow up as needed by clients

Learn More: Diabetes Management Centre

IDHC provides programs focusing on diabetes education, prevention, and management in Indigenous communities in Ontario, both on and off-reserve — serving First nation, Métis, and Inuit communities.

In collaboration with 100-plus partners, the IDHC team works to:

  • Develop and distribute culturally-appropriate education, promotion and prevention resources based on community needs
  • Support access to treatment and care options
  • Coordinate services
  • Identify local and regional service needs related to diabetes
  • Share relevant diabetes research
  • Act as a resource for other health and education service providers

Learn More: IDHC

The Good Foot Forward program provides basic foot care services for people who have Diabetes or Peripheral Arterial Disease and have no access to footcare (i.e. no extended health benefits or ability to pay for footcare privately).

Foot care is key to prevent issues that could lead to lower-limb amputations.

Issues with your feet could look like a callus, numbness or lack of feeling in the lower leg/toes/feet, or unkept toenails. It could also include foot or toenail deformities, wounds or sores that are recurrent or hard to heal, previous toe or partial foot amputations.

Self-register by calling 705-794-6023


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