South Riverdale Community Health Centre

South Riverdale Community Health Centre is a non-profit, multi-service organization that provides primary healthcare, social and community outreach services with an emphasis on health promotion and disease prevention primarily to people of East Toronto.

Our mission is to improve the lives of people that face barriers to physical, mental, spiritual and social well-being. We do so by meaningfully engaging our clients and communities, ensuring equitable access to primary health care, and delivering quality care through a range of evidence informed programs, services and approaches.

As a leader in community health, our locally and internationally recognized community services include cutting-edge primary health services, health promotion, harm reduction, environmental health, community food centre and population-based community programs for marginalized peoples. We value health equity and inclusion and respect in our work and in the delivery of our services.

Programs & Services Philosophy

SRCHC is committed to engaging with clients and community members, with integrity and accountability, in a manner that reflects our organizational mission, vision, values and strategic directions.

SRCHC’s values guide how we plan, design, deliver and evaluate programming.  Our values are:

Our Minds – will balance the multiple ways to define health

Holistic Approach

We recognize that attending to a holistic sense of health requires an understanding of the diversity of human experiences, the systems and environments that shape health and wellbeing and the importance of the individual’s right to autonomy and choice.

Our Eyes – will recognize people where they are at  

Meaningful Engagement  

We value perspective gained through lived experience, and engage in open dialogue that allows us to broaden our own knowledge & understanding of challenges.  

Our Voices – will rise together for equitable systems

Health Equity and Social Justice

We believe in the dignity and self-worth of all people and their right to be safe, to a healthy environment, to have access to an affordable place to call home, to food, to income, to responsible and high-quality care and more. 

Our Hearts – will beat in harmony with Indigenous Peoples  

Commitment to Reconciliation & Relationship

As part of the healthcare system, we are committed to Indigenous self-determination, actioning reconciliation, building relationships, and learning from Indigenous  people/communities/organizations.

Our Hands – will reach out to fully engage our communities 

Evidence and Values Informed Practice 

We will champion approaches that inform practice, leadership and transformative change that align with our values and the lived experiences of communities, as well as what is known from research evidence.
At SRCHC we provide person-centered services and programs that respect the values, beliefs, needs, preferences, choices and uniqueness of each individual.

SRCHC recognize the basic human right of clients to independent expression, choice and action, and to ensure that each individual is given respect, dignity, consideration and privacy.

At the same time SRCHC expects clients to be respectful of the Centre and its staff, clients and policies.

At SRCHC clients and community members are involved in shaping programs, services and community engagement activities.

At SRCHC our programs and supports recognize the entire continuum of life from pre-birth through death and the importance of the whole context of a person’s life, including family, friends, community, as well as social, cultural and spiritual aspects of health and wellbeing.

At South Riverdale Community Health Centre, we value respect.  No matter what your race, gender, sexual orientation, disability, financial status, ancestry, record of offences, family status, etc.  You will find respect here. We expect everyone to be polite, patient, understanding, treat others with respect, and to value the health centre property. If you feel that you have been treated in a disrespectful manner, please talk to our staff. If you choose to ignore our policy, you will be asked by staff to leave.