An important means of achieving the LHIN’s goals is through listening to and communicating with a wide range of people including health consumers, the public, health service providers, community leaders, other partners and the media.
In addition to the LHINs obligations for community engagement, Local Health System Integration Act, 2006 also mandates health service providers to engage their communities.
In 2013-14, a number of significant engagement activities took place, including the LHIN:
- Involving family physicians and nurse practitioners in a major effort to create 10 Primary Care Networks, which all became operational. These networks cover the entire Champlain geography, and are comprised of primary-care professionals and other partners working in closer collaboration than ever before.
- Hosting a seniors’ health fair in Cornwall, informing residents about the wide range of services for seniors with varied needs, available in their local community.
Of particular importance was the LHIN’s engagement with Aboriginal Peoples, Francophones, and Immigrant Communities.
- Board of Directors initiating meet-and-greet sessions during public board meetings. This year, meetings took place across the region in West Carleton, Pakenham, Cornwall, Eganville, Deep River, Chute-à-Blondeau and Ottawa.
For more information on Community Engagement, please contact Jessica Searson, LHIN Community Engagement Coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org, or 613.747.3239).