History and guiding philosophies
In 1987, Sunnybrook Health Science Centre identified a strong need for accessible health care and services in the North Toronto community. It was then that a local social planning agency called Public Health, People and Organizations In North Toronto (POINT) was approached and asked to organize a community forum around the concept of community-based health care and services. The forum was well attended by local agencies and the outcome was a steering committee that initiated needs assessment, proposal development and application for funding.
The result of this community organization was the opening of the Yonge Eglinton Health Centre at 2398 Yonge Street in 1992.
The Yonge Eglinton Health Centre was renamed to Anne Johnston Health Station after Anne Johnston who long-served as the City Councillor in the North Toronto area. Today, Anne Johnston Health Station offers health care services from a strong interdisciplinary staff.
Anne Johnston Health Station strives to incorporate an organizational philosophy of anti-oppression, anti-discrimination, empowerment and inclusion. Staff and administration are committed to creating and sustaining a warm, welcoming, professional atmosphere that fosters feelings of trust, safety and comfort for all clients seeking health care services.
Anne Johnston Health Station highly values self-determination and views clients as having the right to free will and decision making regarding self. In line with self-determination, Anne Johnston Health Station supports a pro-choice decision making process in matters of pregnancy. Also, Anne Johnston Health Station supports the independent living philosophy whereby clients are the experts regarding the impact of disability on their lives by virtue of their own experiences and their intimate knowledge of living with disability.
Advocacy is a key commitment at Anne Johnston Health Station. Whenever possible staff members act as brokers and advocates for clients who need to be linked with other resources in order to maximize their overall health status.
Anne Johnston Health Station staff and administration are committed to providing health care services at the highest quality of professional practice. The organization is supportive of staff involvement in continuing education that provides opportunities to keep up to date with the most current research, methods, models and evolution of practice.
The Anne Johnston Health Station is a community health centre committed to meeting the health needs of people with physical disabilities requiring an accessible barrier free enviornment, seniors, and youth by providing access to interdisciplinary primary health care including health education, health promotion, advocacy, and community development
Ministry of Health, Toronto Central Local Health Intrgrated Network