Action for Healthy Communities Society of Edmonton (AHC) is a registered charity based in Edmonton. Since 1995, AHC has been working with individuals, families and groups to build community.
To improve the lives of people and the communities in which they live through the provision of public education and other initiatives to enable individuals to enhance their own lives.
To build stronger and healthier communities through a community building process that fosters citizen participation and action to improve the health of the community.
A vibrant Edmonton with active residents working together and using their skills, knowledge, culture and values to solve community issues, and build stronger communities.
Collaboration - We encourage community members to work together toward common goals based on shared concerns and values.
Participation - We are dedicated to a process that fosters community participation in activities that improve health and well-being.
Personal Development - We believe that continuous reflection and learning is essential for self-motivation and reaching potential.
Advocacy - We support people to be advocates for their own lives.
Equity - We practice and promote fair conduct to ensure staff and volunteers are given equal opportunity.
Cultural Sensitivity - We are sensitive to the diverse cultural needs of the community.
The idea of creating AHC emerged in the mid 1990s when a group of individuals from the health care sector came together to discuss how to strengthen community groups and increase public participation in defining and solving health issues. These discussions led to the development of an engaging process that enabled central Edmonton neighbourhood residents to voice their views and concerns about wellness and healthcare reform. As a result of this process, Action for Healthy Communities Society of Edmonton was formed.
The name of the society was Edmonton Health Care Citizenship Society (EHCS) until June 2007. It was incorporated in 1995 under the Societies Act and in 1999 as a charitable organization.
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