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Community Health Care

Community health nurses support the health and well-being of individuals, families, groups, communities, populations and systems. They practise in health centres, homes, schools and other community-based settings.

Better Home Care in Canada: A National Action Plan [PDF, 1,006.6 KB] focuses on the belief that the home, not a hospital or long-term care facility, is one of the best places to recover from an illness or injury, manage long-term conditions and live out one’s final days. CNA, the Canadian Home Care Association and the College of Family Physicians of Canada formed a partnership to produce the action plan and are continuing to work together to move the plan forward. Our goal is to advocate for ways to enhance home care that will respond to both the changing health needs of Canadians and advances in health technology.

The action plan clearly shows the way to:

  • make home care more available and accessible
  • achieve better health outcomes and quality of care
  • improve the experiences of individuals receiving health care and support

Read a news release from the Better Home Care partnership

Learn more about community health nursing

Optimizing the Role of Nursing in Home Health [PDF, 1,010.5 KB]
First Nations and Inuit home and community care
Home care reflections on staff mix decision-making [PDF, 128.7 KB]
Webinar: Home care nurses — Get informed! How to respond to the shift in health-care needs (Recording, Presentation [PDF, 1.3 MB])
Public health nursing practice and ethical challenges [PDF, 75.3 KB]
Webinar: Learn more about advancing public health nursing in schools (Recording, Presentation [PDF, 311.8 KB])
Caring Ahead: Public Health Nurses in Schools [PDF, 284.6 KB]
Nurse Practitioners in Rural and Remote Communities [PDF, 69 KB]