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Better health is a community effort (Saint John, NB)

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Published on Nov 25, 2009

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In Saint John, the team story highlights an even broader community collaboration. The Old North End (O.N.E.) used to be the citys commercial core, but economic decline starting in the 60s turned the area into one of Canadas poorest communities. Drugs, crime, substandard housing and unemployement were breaking community spirit and taking a toll on health.

So, residents decided to take action. They created O.N.E. CHANGE, a group of grass roots stakeholders and residents including the St. Josephs Community Health Centre. For health, the big socioeconomic picture has a direct connection. People who are poorly housed, poorly nourished and poorly educated get sick and stay sick, says registered nurse, Sgt. Tanya Leblanc of the Saint John police. Now, at O.N.E. CHANGE, interdisciplinary health is a team within a bigger team trying to tackle a range of community issues. Residents believe theyre on the right track. O.N.E. CHANGE vice-president Tammy Calvin says, If we plan together and work together, who says we cant change our future?

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