Effective primary care is essential to a high-performing health system. Well-integrated, primary care can achieve distinct health, service and system goals simultaneously.
With the exception of primary care services provided through LHIN-funded Community Health Centres, LHINs do not have formal funding authority for most primary care models. However, engaging primary care physicians is paramount to achieving improved linkages between them and the rest of the health system.
Examples of this kind of engagement include the:
- Champlain Primary Care Congress, and
- Champlain Primary Care Quality Practice Facilitation Program.
Primary Care Congress
The Champlain LHIN's Primary Care Congress is an annual engagement and knowledge-exchange event.
Primary care physicians, nurse practitioners, specialists, and other providers come together to participate in learning sessions.
Results from the Congress help inform our planning for health system improvements (see the most recent reports, below).
The event is organized and supported by these partners:
- Champlain Community Care Access Centre
- University of Ottawa, Faculty of Medicine Continuing Professional Development Office.
Quality Practice Facilitation Program
The Champlain Primary Care Quality Practice Facilitation Program began in 2014 to assist primary care providers in their practices. This three-year pilot project is fully funded by the LHIN, and aligns with the LHIN’s priority of building a strong foundation of integrated primary, home and community care.
As of the end of March 2016, 40 family physicians and nurse practitioners had participated in the program to make improvements in their health clinics or centres. The number of people receiving care from these practices totals nearly 30,000 in the region – meaning these improvements are positively affecting patients personally, as well as the health system.
Learn more from this LHINfo Minute news release.
- For more information on primary care physician engagement, please contact Karen Patzer, LHIN Senior Integration Specialist (email@example.com, or 613.747.3220).