Klinic Position Statements
Klinic’s Social Justice Committee exists to recommend proactive positions and actions to the Board of Directors on matters of public policy, current issues and events that affect the health and wellbeing of the diverse communities and clientele we serve. As such, this committee facilitates a process of identifying, coordinating and prioritizing the advocacy and public education work of the Klinic Board.
The societal factors that impact our individual and population health are commonly referred to as the Social Determinants of Health. Physical, mental, and emotional health differences result from the inequitable conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age.
Consequently, it is not enough for Klinic’s services to focus on individual health alone, but must also consider the context in which our clients/patients live.
Community Health Centres such as Klinic emphasize community, social justice, and collaborative and holistic health. As such, they are especially well placed to take on the challenge of developing and providing services from the perspective of equity.
All of Klinic’s programs and services are grounded in the harm reduction philosophy. We support the Harm Reduction Position Statements of both the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority and Manitoba Health.
Klinic has developed the following position statements on key areas of social justice that impact our community.
Access- Klinic believes that all people have a right to be healthy and able to access a wide range of services.
Poverty- People in poverty are more likely to struggle with physical, mental and emotional health. Klinic is working to address poverty and its effects.
Trauma-Informed Practice- A trauma-informed approach to service delivery provides a respectful, welcoming, safe and helpful environment to help build positive relationships with people who access services at Klinic.
Violence- Klinic is committed to providing care to people who are affected by violence and/or who act violently.
Interprofessional Collaboration- Klinic recognizes Interprofessional Collaboration as a critical element of improving access to client-centred health care.
As a non-Indigenous organization, Klinic is committed to working in the spirit of reconciliation and solidarity by participating in actions that create changes to address systemic racism, patriarchy, and the harms that stem from colonial systems and the resulting practices.