Business Plan for the Temiskaming Health Link, one of the early adopter Health Links, with the Centre de santé communautaire du Témiscaming as its lead agency.
This paper presents the results of a participatory action project on the health, opinions and needs of youth in the rural area of southwest Norfolk. Teenagers there had been found to have substantilly higher rates of smoking and underage drinking compared to Ontario youth in general, were prone to risky behaviours and were the at high risk for suicide. The paper demonstrates the value of community engagement and asset identification in addressing rural health and social issues.
Conservative Party Position paper on health system restructuring, which suggests abolition of LHINs and CCACs and consolidation of all other health organizations under hospital-led hubs.
Highlights of discussion at May 9-10 2013 workshop on the OHA paper on Local Health Hubs for Rural and Northern Communities, including recommendations for substantial community engagement and equitable involvement of all partners in the development and management of any such hubs .
Paper developed by OHA’s Small, Rural and Northern Hospitals Advisory Group to provide advice on advancing the rural/northern health hub concept from a provincial policy and regional LHIN planning perspective.
A position paper from the Ontario College of Family Physicians (OCFT) proposing a hubs of care approach motivated by concern that the Excellent Care for All Act may lead LHINs to impose governance structures.
Health Links will encourage greater collaboration between existing local health care providers, including family care providers, specialists, hospitals, long-term care, home care and other community supports.
A continuing policy challenge has been how to reduce such fragmentation and achieve more ‘integrated’ care, that is, ‘co-ordinated’ care that provides a ‘smooth and continuous’ transition between services, and a ‘seamless’ journey as service users receive health, support, and social welfare services from a range of health and other professionals.