Langs, a model for Ontario Community Hubs
A community health centre, a diabetes education program, and a variety of programs for preschool, youth and seniors in addition to being co-located with 18 different organizations at the Hub.
Cambridge Karen Pitre, the Premiers Special Advisor on Community Hubs is coming to Cambridge to review the Community Hubs in Ontario Action Plan released in November. Langs was highlighted as a model of a successful community hub in this report. Her visit coincides with the Langs Community Hub workshop tomorrow which sets the stage for Ms. Pitre to speak about next steps in the action plan.
Langs provided firsthand experience about the benefits and challenges of operating a community hub to help shape the provincial report. Since this report was release, Langs has received numerous inquiries from across Ontario to visit or learn more about the successful hub model. Over 23 different municipalities are attending the workshop.
“We have been building on this vision of collaboration under one roof since our founding members first identified the need for Langs in 1978. In 2011 when we opened our 58,000 sq. ft. facility we were able to continue to provide a wide variety of services but also help address the social determinants of health by creating group spaces, a gymnasium, walking track and green spaces to promote health and well-being,” says Bill Davidson, Executive Director “We are being challenged to work in an integrated system and at Langs, we see the value in putting people first.” Community Hubs are a model that enables communities to be more responsive, integrated and innovative.
“The current fiscal environment requires a disciplined focus on finding smarter, better ways to deliver the best possible value for every dollar spent,” said Karen Pitre in her report. “Community hubs offer a number of benefits to respond to these challenges including response to local needs, more efficient and sustainable services, improved access to services and better outcomes for people.”
Langs operates a community health centre, a diabetes education program, and a variety of programs for preschool, youth and seniors in addition to being co-located with 18 different organizations at the Hub. The organization is also the lead for the Connectivity Table and the Lead for Cambridge and North Dumfries Health Link.
A range of participants will be participating, including community members, social service providers and municipalities Our speakers will include Laird Robertson, Robertson Simons Architects and Jeff Shantz, Vice President Project Development with Melloul Blamey Construction who designed and constructed the award winning building and Kevan Thompson, Cowan Insurance Group’s Industry Leader, VP Construction.