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As part of the Ontario Government’s High Priority Communities Strategy (HPCS) program, the Council of Agencies Serving South Asians (CASSA) has partnered with the Carefirst Seniors and Community Services Association and Social Services Network (SSN) to deliver key interventions to the province’s hardest-hit neighborhoods, including Southeast Markham.

A community-driven initiative, HPCS strives to provide more equitable, culturally and linguistically appropriate support and services to South Asian women in order to bridge gaps that may exist in public health. HPCS has identified three key priorities.

  • On-going COVID-19 Response and Recovery
  • Women’s Health Preventative Care
  • Mental Health

Actions in this strategy include but are not limited to, increased access to testing and vaccination, promoting and removing barriers to women’s preventative care and primary care, and increased access to culturally appropriate community mental health education, counseling, and service navigation in Southeast Markham.