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 available for RISE primary care clients by referral from a RISE primary care provider

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
  • A community advisory committee to inform RISE’s services
  • 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
  • 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