Media Release

Report calls for simplified access to francophone health services

27 April 2022

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Ottawa — A new system capacity report from the Francophone working group of the Kids Come First Health Team assesses access to French-language health services in the Champlain region and finds a resounding need to improve, facilitate and centralize access to care, with a priority focus on service for mental health and addictions, and medically […]

The Ontario Minister of Health Supports The Kids Come First Health Team!

4 October 2021

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Did you receive your first COVID-19 vaccine at CHEO? Here is what you can expect for your second dose: The Kids Come First Health Team will be holding vaccination clinics at CHEO for individuals who received their first dose at CHEO.  These clinics continue to be offered based on the criteria established by Provincial guidelines […]


Ottawa —  With safety top of mind, the Kids Come First Health Team has come together for some of the region’s most vulnerable children and youth — those who are, or at risk of, experiencing maltreatment, such as abuse or neglect — during the COVID-19 pandemic. Home may not always be a safe place, but it is the only place […]


Ottawa—June 7, 2021 — Children from 12 to 17 years old in the Ottawa region are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine through the provincial booking portal. Members of the Kids Come First Health Team, including Ottawa Public Health (OPH), CHEO, community pediatricians, Roger Neilson House, parent and youth partners, and family physicians are working together to […]


Ottawa, ON — Today, the RBC Foundation presented $1.5 million to CHEO for the Kids Come First Health Team to improve access to youth mental health care in our community. This donation will support, a new initiative that will help Kids Come First create a single point of entry to Eastern Ontario’s system of […]


The Kids Come First Health Team has created a super-useful, one-page info sheet to help camps and their counsellors recognize and support children and youth with mental health concerns. “Supporting Youth Mental Health” provides: what to watch for, helpful coping strategies, ideas about who to turn to for support, how to start conversations about mental […]


Sep. 11, 2020 — OTTAWA — The Kids Come First Health Team is coming together to support kids, parents, school boards, teachers and other health-care professionals with their questions and concerns about returning to school during COVID-19. These resources are now in a single location to make it easy for everyone to find the information […]


June 14, 2021—OTTAWA— Today, the Kids Come First Health Team officially launched, a unique service in Canada that makes it easier for children, youth and families of Eastern Ontario to find the care they need for mental health and addiction. The initiative coordinates more than 20 organizations offering mental health and addiction care for children, youth […]

Kids Come First COVID Vaccination Clinic at CHEO

3 June 2021

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June 3, 2021 The Kids Come First Health Team’s Vaccination Clinic at CHEO provides COVID-19 vaccinations exclusively for youth ages 12 years old and up who are unable to be vaccinated in the community for medical reasons, along with their caregivers. See if your child or youth qualifies. Kids Come First Health Team vaccine update CHEO, […]