Unison Health and Community Services is a non-profit, community-based organization governed by a Board of Directors who are elected every year at our Annual General Meeting. At Unison we strive to:
• Engage residents through high quality accessible health and community services.
• Empower them to build on strength and inspire change.
• Enhance the health of our communities.
Unison Health and Community Services was formed by a voluntary merger of New Heights Community Health Centres and York Community Services. While both organizations have their own unique history, over the years they shared a common goal of building healthy communities.
York Community Services was initially funded as a demonstration project of integrated social and health services in 1973 and was incorporated under a community Board in 1975. The local MPP, medical officer of health, community activists and other organizations helped develop its unique service model – inter-disciplinary, multi-service care, all under one roof and one administration.
New Heights CHCs started in 1974 as Lawrence Heights Medical Centre with one doctor and one nurse-receptionist when residents formed a non-profit Board of Directors and lobbied the Ontario government for more accessible health care. In 1989, the name was changed to Lawrence Heights Community Health Centre to reflect the centre’s holistic model of care. As the centre began expanding its services into new communities, it went through another name change in 2008 and became known as New Heights Community Health Centres.
Over the years, both New Heights CHCs and York Community Services expanded their services and added new programs to better serve their communities. To accommodate their ongoing growth, both organizations went through a number of major capital projects, including an addition of two satellites and community services hubs in 2006.
Unison Health and Community Services will build on the strengths of both organizations and will continue working on improving access to programs and services for our clients. With four full-service locations, Unison is now serving over 22,000 clients and offers core services that include primary health care, counselling, health promotion, early years programs, legal services, harm reduction programs, housing assistance and adult protective services as well as special programs like Pathways to Educations, Diabetes Education and Prevention and Aging at Home.