Engaging local stakeholders is critical to the work of the Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network (WWLHIN). As part of engaging with the community, the WWLHIN has a number of advisory councils and groups. These groups of health care practitioners, professionals, and community members come together to share information and to provide advice and input to the WWLHIN, informing our local health strategy.
Some of these groups are also part of our legislative requirements, as outlined in Part III of the Local Health Integration Act, 2006, which (for example) indicates that each LHIN is required to establish a health professionals advisory committee (subsection 16 (5)) as part of its overall community engagement strategy.
The WWLHIN's focus on acting in the best interest of residents guides local actions to transform the system and keep Waterloo Wellington residents healthy and provide the right care, at the right time in the right place.
If you have questions about any of these groups, please phone our office at 519-650-4472 or 1-866-306-5446(toll-free) or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Community Council is made up of people who live in Waterloo Wellington, who have community contacts, and who have in-depth knowledge of local communities. The council provides the WWLHIN with local input, feedback and advice in realizing the LHIN's mission, vision, and values. The Community Council supports the long-term sustainability of the health care system in the WWLHIN by:
- Identifying health-system issues and opportunities with a focus on social determinants of health.
- Reviewing, discussing and making solution-based recommendations on these issues to the WWLHIN.
- Input and feedback on the WWLHIN’s Integrated Health Service Plan.
Health Professionals Advisory Committee (HPAC)
The Health Professionals Advisory Committee (HPAC) facilitates dialogue among health professionals who advise the WWLHIN on reaching our goals and objectives, with a focus on patient-centred care, implementation of the Integrated Health Services Plan, and other strategic initiatives.
The HPAC focuses on the following areas:
- The health status of demographic segments of the local population.
- Innovative approaches to health service delivery.
- The use of health human resources.
- Health promotion and wellness.
The WWLHIN is currently recruiting volunteers to join the Health Professionals Advisory Committee, CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS
Primary Care Advisory Committee
The WWLHIN Primary Care Advisory Committee engages primary care providers in dialogue about implementing provincial and local health system strategies, and provides the LHIN with advice on achievement of our local IHSP. Areas of focus include the following:
- Providing advice to the WWLHIN and the Primary Care Lead about achieving goals and objectives, including identifying barriers, enablers, and relevant regional issues.
- Identifying critical success factors that support best practices in primary care to improve a patient’s journey through the health care continuum.
- Recommending actions that assist with adopting best practices in primary care and help to further integrate primary care in the local health system.
Local Quality Partnership
The Local Quality Partnership is comprised of leaders from across our local health system. This group collaborates and coordinates the implementation of solutions to create a more seamless, coordinated, and sustainable health system for our residents, with a focus on quality and best-practice, evidence-based care.
The Local Quality Partnership acts as in an advisory capacity to the WWLHIN on issues, priorities and strategies that help to improve the health and well-being of our residents.