RISE Community Health Centre


RISE Community Health Centre (CHC) is part of Collingwood Neighbourhood House (CNH), a non-profit society governed by a volunteer board of directors. RISE (Resilient, Integrative, Socially Just and Equitable) CHC strives to support the health and wellbeing of Renfrew-Collingwood by providing the following services:

RISE Primary Care Clinic:
RISE’s Primary Care Clinic provides the same kinds of services provided by a family doctor or nurse practitioner, plus additional care from a large health care team who support physical, social, and emotional well-being. RISE CHC’s Primary Care Clinic provides ongoing care for general health concerns, social determinants of health, mild-moderate mental health conditions, addictions, and coordination of specialist care.

  • The clinic’s priority is to connect Renfrew-Collingwood residents who do not have a regular healthcare provider and experience barriers to accessing care to a Nurse Practitioner or Family Physician and a health care team
  • Our primary care clinic team includes family physicians, nurse practitioners, community health workers, nurses, medical office assistants, dietitians, physiotherapists, counsellors, social workers, and more
  • Please note that social work, counselling, dietitian, physiotherapy, and community health workers services are only accessible for clients whose primary care provider (Nurse Practitioner or Family Physician) is at RISE

If you or someone you know would benefit from primary medical care at RISE CHC, please fill out a referral form and email to risereferral@cnh.bc.ca, fax to 236-317-4270 or give us a call.

Community Development and Health Promotion:
According to the World Health Organization, “Health promotion is the process of enabling people to increase control over, and to improve, their health…. Health is a positive concept emphasizing social and personal resources, as well as physical capacities.”

RISE CHC provides health promotion programs, events, and advocacy within the Renfrew-Collingwood neighbourhood including:

  • Collaboration with and outreach to local housing sites and organizations
  • Health-related education and support groups
  • Information booths at community events and more

Harm Reduction Services:
As stated by the Canadian Mental Health Association, “Harm Reduction is an evidence-based, client-centred approach that seeks to reduce the health and social harms associated with addiction and substance use, without necessarily requiring people who use substances from abstaining or stopping…. Essential to a harm reduction approach is that it provides people who use substances a choice of how they will minimize harms through non-judgemental and non-coercive strategies in order to enhance skills and knowledge to live safer and healthier lives.”

  • Harm reduction supplies are available for pick-up during office hours
  • RISE CHC provides Naloxone kits are available for pick up and naloxone training can be requested
  • Nurse Practitioners and Physicians at RISE CHC prescribe medical therapies used to treat addictions including Opiate Agonist Therapy to clients of RISE Primary Care clinic

For service updates during COVID-19, please click here: https://www.cnh.bc.ca/covid19