On May 2nd 2019, Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health celebrated 10 years of improving the health status of rural residents.
Since its establishment in 2008, Gateway has employed over 90 students to study health issues unique to Huron, Perth, Bruce and Grey counties. Gateway strives to improve the health status of rural residents through research, education and communication, which requires collaboration from many community partners. Serving as a home to a network of rural health professionals, academic institutes and community health centres, Gateway affords stakeholders a portal to meet and strategize ways to combat health issues.
Last summer, Gateway organized their 5th Annual Hometown Heroes Hockey Game with the profits assisting local organizations, such as YMCA Strong Kids Campaign and Goderich's Alexandra Marine & General Hospital. The event proved to be very successful, raising a total of $230,000 over the past 5 years to benefit local health and wellness endeavours. Gateway prides itself on it's positive economic contribution to our communities. Through successful activities and programs, Gateway has allowed over $1,000,000 to be invested back into the local economy.
Currently, to our knowledge, there are no other community driven research institutes for rural health in Canada, which speaks to the uniqueness of our organization. Over the next 10 years Gateway strives to extend their knowledge of rural health through strategic partnerships and community projects. As pressing health issues continue to surface, Gateway will continue to create innovative solutions to improve the wellbeing of Ontario's rural residents.