Focus Groups

  • On June 7, 2015 a focus group was conducted with primary care providers and staff at a Family Health Team.  For a summary of the results please click here.

  • On June 8, 2015 we met with staff from the Aids Committee of Cambridge, Kitchener and Area (ACCKWA) to conduct a focus group. The participants openly shared their perspectives on the health system in relation to their client’s needs. For a summary of the focus group results please click here.

  • On June 9, 2015 we met with the Health Professional Advisory Committee (HPAC). 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. For a summary of results from this focus group, please click here.

  • On June 10, 2015 we met with women from the Low-German speaking Mennonite community. This focus group gave us an important opportunity to understand the health care needs of Low-German speaking Mennonites who may not have the opportunity to share their opinions in other formats, such as online surveys. For a summary of the focus group results please click here.

  • On June 15, 2015 we met with representatives from the Guelph Wellington and Waterloo Region Local Immigration Partnership. Local Immigration Partnerships are community partnerships of organizations and community representatives in settlement, health, community, social services, business, employment and education who work collaboratively to enhance the successful settlement and integration of immigrants locally.  For a summary of results from this focus group, please click here.

  • On June 17, 2015 we met with members of the WWLHIN Primary Care Advisory Council (PCAC). 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.  For a summary of results from this focus group, please click here

  • On June 19, 2015 we met with the Clinical Team at Langs Community Health Centre, which includes nurses, nurse practitioners, primary care physicians and administrative staff to conduct a focus group. The team shared valuable insights into their work, and the experiences and needs of their patients. For a summary of the focus group results please click here.

  • On June 22, 2015 we met with a group of transgender residents. The opinions and experiences they shared highlight the importance of equitable access to care in the health care system.  For a summary of results from this focus group, please click here

  • On June 23, 2015 we met with service providers who work with residents from the Low-German speaking Mennonite community. This focus group provided additional insight into the health care needs of Low-German Speaking Mennonites and the barriers they may face in accessing care. For a summary of the focus group results please click here.

  • On June 30, 2015 we met with the staff from the HIV/AIDS Resources & Community Health (ARCH) in Guelph.  ARCH provides programs, services, education and support to people living with, affected by, and at risk of, HIV and AIDS in Guelph, Wellington County, Dufferin, Grey and Bruce Counties. For a summary of the focus group results please click here

  • On July 6, 2015 we met with representatives from an LGBTQ Advisory Committee.  The purpose of the committee is to ensure the community health centre they advise provides programs and services that meet the needs of residents in the local LGBTQ community. Given this background, the participants were able to provide valuable information on the experiences of LGBTQ residents interacting with the health care system. For a summary of the focus group results please click here.
  • On July 8, 2015 we conducted a focus group with low-income women. Low-income women experience a number of unique challenges when interacting with the health care system. The women who participated provided very useful information regarding their opinions and experiences. For a summary of the focus group please click here.
  • On July 9, 2015 we met with residents living in supportive housing.  For a summary of the input gathered from the focus group please click here.
  • On July 14, 2015 we met with a group of nurse practitioners. This focus group offered useful insight into the health care system from the perspective of nurse practitioners who provide primary care to local residents. For a summary of what we learned from this focus group please click here.
  • On July 15, 2015 we met with representatives from a Mental Health and Addictions Advisory Committee.  The committee is tasked with advising a local community health centre on suitable and supportive programs for residents experiencing mental health and addictions conditions.  For a summary of the focus group results please click here.
  • On July 22, 2015 we met with a group of seniors in Waterloo Wellington. Those who participated offered useful feedback on the health care system from the senior perspective. To see a summary of the focus group please click here.
  • On July 23, 2015 we met with a representative from a rural community health centre in KW4 to discuss the unique clientele served.  A substantial portion of the residents who access services at the CHC are conservative Mennonites or Low German-speaking Mennonites. For a summary of the results, please click the link here. 

  • On July 24, 2015 we met with a group of men currently staying in a local shelter.  The participants of this focus group provided insight into the health care needs and experiences of low-income residents experiencing homelessness. For a summary of this focus group please click the link here.

  • On July 28, 2015 we met with a group of senior residents living in a rural area in Waterloo Wellington. This focus group highlights important differences between accessing services in a rural vs. urban context for older adults. To access a summary of the focus group please click here.