February 4, 2019

Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network Launches New Student Health Advisory Committee

The Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) recently launched a Student Health Advisory Committee with 14 members from across the region’s four post-secondary institutions: the University of Guelph, Waterloo University, Wilfrid Laurier University, and Conestoga College. This group will bring an important student perspective to the local health system.

The Waterloo Wellington LHIN is looking forward to having meaningful conversations with committee members who have expressed an interest in working together to improve student health for current and future students of their post-secondary institutions. The Student Health Advisory Committee is planning to tackle a number of student priorities including accessing services, sexual health, and mental health and addictions.

With a population of over 85,000 students in the region, the Waterloo Wellington LHIN is committed to making it easier for all students to get the care and support they need for as long as our region is their home. The LHIN sought to bring together a diverse group of individuals with a wide range of experiences and interests. Together, health care leaders at the LHIN and members of the Committee are looking forward to improving the health and wellbeing of all local students.

QUOTES

“I’m very grateful to be a part of the Student Health Advisory Committee, a group which allows the student voice to be heard with regards to issues of health and wellbeing. I really appreciate the efforts that the Waterloo Wellington LHIN is taking to promote inclusivity and truly listen to the community they serve.”

– Amanda Pereira, Chair, Student Health Advisory Committee for the Waterloo Wellington LHIN

“Students are some of the most uninhibited problem solvers we have, and are a critical piece of our region’s community. To have an opportunity to work alongside a group like the Student Health Advisory Committee and to engage in forming collaborative responses to the issues students see daily has made the committee feel truly impactful. We look forward to seeing what lies ahead for this group as we work together to drive meaningful change.”

– Andrew Davidson, Vice President, People, Culture and Development, Waterloo Wellington LHIN

“Actively engaging with others to create whole-of-community solutions is at the heart of what it means to value the patient experience. To have the chance to do so with such innovative and forward thinking individuals like the students on the Student Health Advisory Committee is an exciting way to create long-lasting improvements that will benefit current and future students.”
– Joseph White, Patient Experience Assistant

QUICK FACTS

  • Over the past decade, the Waterloo Wellington LHIN has worked to significantly improve the quality and availability of local health care. Now, we’re focused on making it easier. Easier for you to be healthy. Easier for you to get the care and support you need to lead healthy lives.
  • We connect you with care, at home and in the community, and better connect your health system to improve your care experience. As a crown agency of the Government of Ontario, we invest $1.1 billion annually in local health services to improve the health and wellbeing of the almost 800,000 residents that we serve across Waterloo Wellington.

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Learn more about the Waterloo Wellington LHIN Student Health Advisory Committee.

Media Contacts:
Connie MacDonald
Executive Lead, Patient Experience, Communications & Community Engagement,
Waterloo Wellington LHIN 519-748-2222 ext. 3235
connie.macdonald@lhins.on.ca