Formerly known as Carea Community Health Centre

Who We Are

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About DCHC

Durham Community Health Centre (DCHC) is a registered, charitable organization that provides integrated, accessible, and equitable community based primary care, wellness services, and health education to Durham community members who face multiple barriers to their health and well-being.

DCHC also provides equity-based programs and services that focus on priority populations such as Indigenous, Black, the 2SLGBTQI community, Newcomers to Canada, Seniors, and Unattached patients (i.e., those without a family doctor), to name a few. DCHC ensures Durham community members receive not only sick care, but preventive care as well, enabling the community member to live longer at home.

At DCHC, we are a team-based interprofessional group of staff including physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, counselors, dietitians, outreach workers, medical secretaries, and other administrative staff. We always place every client at the centre of our approach to care, based on their needs. We address these needs through integrated clinical and wellness care and health education.


Building healthier communities together.



Partnering to provide integrated and accessible care to enhance health and social well-being in our communities.



We hold these values equally:

Trustworthy: We act with integrity and are accountable to our clients, funders, & partners.
Inclusive: Everyone matters and is welcomed and respected.
Compassionate: We are understanding, caring and responsive. We partner with our clients to help address their needs.
Collaborative: We work as a team with our clients and colleagues as part of an integrated system of care.
Innovative: We are responsive and on the leading-edge. We embrace evidence-informed and quality practices.


Our Manifesto

What we do matters; it matters a great deal to our clients and it matters to our community as well. We do what we know must be done; what always needs doing: We care.


Caring for the health and wellness of our communities’ residents is the cause that unites us. It shapes our thinking, guides our actions and gives us purpose.


It is not a chore. It is not a burden. It is our greatest privilege. It is the defining trait of our humanity.


Caring without care for age, race, creed, or orientation, because every person is one caring act away from being whole and complete.


We push back against the barriers to health to make a difference in the lives of others, to empower them to enhance their well-being and lead a fulfilling life.


Caring by promoting health equity and better outcomes through access to high-quality and inclusive services for the people in our area.


It is how we give hope and bring dignity to every member of our community.


We are Durham Community Health Centre.

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