Current PrioritiesThe OHWN Circle of Partners has identified the following priorities for action:
- Child Wellness
Our Child Wellness action group is currently looking at ways that the first 2000 Days project is being implemented within our community, in collaboration with other local groups. The first 2000 Days Initiative focuses on the life of a child from conception to age 5 and acts as a catalyst for linking, aligning and leveraging efforts in the Early Childhood Development system to enable collective action toward improving Early Childhood Development outcomes.
- Mental Health
A healthy community provides opportunities for positive mental health for all citizens and ensures there are appropriate prevention and mental health services. There is an urgent need to address the challenges faced by young adults with mental health issues in Oceanside, specifically around access to services and housing. OHWN raises awareness and brings local stakeholders together to work towards healthy vibrant communities including greater access to timely, integrated services for young adults living with mental health issues.
OHWN co-sponsored the Oceanside Youth Mental Health and Wellness Forum in May 2018 to hear from youth and young adults about their perspectives, needs and ideas on how the Oceanside community can better support them. The Forum was an outcome of the Community Actions Workshop, hosted by OHWN on February 22, 2018.
- Seniors Planning:
The focus of our Seniors Planning group is 'Helping Seniors to age successfully in the place of their choice'. We are asking Seniors the questions 'do you have what you need to age successfully where you live?', 'what supports do you have in your neighbourhood?' and 'how can you support your neighbor?'. We are encouraging people to look at what they might need to put in place or change in order to age successfully, and offering resources and information to support these decisions and choices. In addition, we are concerned about reaching those seniors in our community who may be or are at risk of becoming isolated.
As OHWN continues to grow and engage with the community, these priorities will be refined and additional priorities may be identified.