About Our Own Health Centre

About Us

Our Own Health Centre is the expansion of the former Gay Men's Health Clinic which was started by Dr. Dick Smith. 
We have a long history of dedicated service to the community of Gay, Bisexual, and other men who have sex with men.

OOHC also is a registered charity. We use charitable funds to pay for rent, offer free counselling to our patients who cannot afford it, and to buy the expensive test kits so that we can offer free HIV testing to people at Pride and other events.

 

Our Mission

To improve the health and wellbeing of gay, bisexual, and other men who all have sex with men (MSM) in Manitoba.

 

Our Values

Safety

We maintain a space where patients will feel safe, comfortable, and free to openly discuss their health needs

Best-Practices

We adhere to best and updated practices in everything we do

Respect

We respect the diversity of our patients, without ageism, racism, classism, homophobia, or any other form of shaming

Inclusiveness

Although we are a clinic for men who are gay, bisexual, or MSM, we also commit to offer our services to all who seek care from us

Compassion

We support all patients, and in particular, those who are most vulnerable

 Patient-Centred Care

We individualize care to each patient’s needs, with a focus on harm-reduction rather than risk-elimination

 Holism

Health and wellness is maintained by more than just medical care. We use an interdisciplinary approach, with different types of care providers, to support overall wellness.

 Integrity

We subscribe to the highest ethical standards when working with our patients – this includes a commitment to confidentiality for patient information

Independence

As much as possible, we operate independent of government funding

Sound Governance

We remain responsive to the wishes and needs of the clinicians and board with due diligence to protect our human, physical, and financial assets