Flying Together

Client: Association of Ontario Health Centres

Flying Together uses archival images and clips, an original song (written and performed by Chris Birkett in both official languages) and a decade-by-decade timeline to tell the history of community health centres in Canada.

Community Health Centres (CHCs) were inspired by Tommy Douglas’ original vision for Medicare. Douglas hoped that, as Medicare evolved, our health system would focus more on keeping people well – not just treating them when they become ill. To do this, CHCs deliver primary care services in combination with health promotion and illness prevention services.

Governed by community members, and working hand in hand with those they serve, CHCs also prioritize improving the health and wellbeing for populations who’ve traditionally faced barriers accessing health services. And, while they’ve been around for close to fifty years, they’ve always been a bit ahead of their time challenging and advancing our concept of health care delivery.