Earlier this year the Ministry of Health announced a plan to create Ontario Health Teams to organize and deliver health care in local communities with integrated services across health care providers. VHA Home HealthCare believes in the vision of integrated team-based care. We are pleased to be participating in multiple Ontario Health Team Full Application submissions across the province and look forward to joining our partners in other OHTs where we provide service to build better care experiences for clients, families and care providers.
Below is further information about two of the Full Application submissions VHA is participating in.
East Toronto Ontario Health Team
Dear partners, colleagues, care providers, clients and families in East Toronto,
Today, East Toronto Health Partners (ETHP) submitted our Full Application to become an Ontario Health Team for East Toronto.
We would like to thank all of you who have contributed so much time, energy, commitment and great ideas to the development of this proposal to help re-imagine a health care system for East Toronto that is easier for clients, patients, families and community members to navigate, that provides the support to stay well and receive the right care at the right time when needed, and that is also more satisfying for all of us who work within it.
ETHP’s Full Application builds on the priorities that were established in our self-assessment, borne out of planning sessions with a large number of agencies, programs and organizations that work with people accessing health and social services in East Toronto which included many of you. These initial areas of focus are:
• Seniors with Chronic Care Needs and Caregivers
• Youth Mental Health and Wellness
• Substance Use and Health
Broadly, ETHP’s shared vision to provide improved care to this population focuses around creating a one-team approach with patients, caregivers and providers; coordinating care tailored to local neighborhoods and scaling up our early successes; supporting the success of our new East Toronto Family Practice Network; streamlining access and navigation, enabled by digital and virtual care; and improving population health and health equity.
Over the last 6 months, ETHP has hosted a number of community engagement sessions to involve patients, caregivers and providers including many of you in helping us co-design the future of care for these priority populations and to put this vision into action. We have determined through these sessions that our work will be grounded in a neighbourhood approach, starting with the five “Neighbourhood Improvement Areas” as defined by the City of Toronto, and by scaling successful programs in East Toronto, such as Home2Day. We will enable our work through a simplified model for care transitions; integrated, neighbourhood-based care teams; Care Coordinators/Navigators aligned to neighbourhoods; transitioning existing LHIN staff to ETHP; and accessing regional supports. A further key focus to enable this work is our digital strategy to advance virtual care, access to health information, information sharing, and quality improvement.
ETHP is also very pleased to welcome our newest Anchor Partner, the East Toronto Family Practice Network (EasT-FPN) which was created to be the representative voice of the over 260 family physicians in East Toronto.
Please don’t hesitate to approach any of us if you have questions or concerns. We thank you all again for your involvement in the development of this proposal and we look forward to further engagement with all of you as we take the first steps together to put this plan into action.
Sent on behalf of the ETHP Leadership Team:
Anne Babcock, WoodGreen Community Services
Carol Annett, VHA Home HealthCare
Jennifer Bowman, Providence Healthcare (Unity Health Toronto)
Jason Altenberg, South Riverdale Community Health Centre
Sarah Downey, Michael Garron Hospital
Dr. Catherine Yu, East Toronto Family Practice Network
We’re excited to announce that patients, families and caregivers, together with health care and community service providers in North Toronto, are a step closer to a new vision for health care. Extensive progress has been made with the Government of Ontario, as well as our partners, in moving towards building an Ontario Health Team for our local community.
Earlier this year, the Ministry of Health announced a new vision for a connected health care system, making it easier for patients and families to navigate the system and transition between providers.
To date, the group has completed a ‘self-assessment submission’ indicating how we will work together to provide integrated care, ensuring patients are supported throughout their entire journey with the health system.
We’re pleased to announce that the North Toronto Health Collaborative Ontario Health Team has been selected to “proceed to full application”. This is the result of significant work and strong collaboration from a number of partners:
• LOFT Community Services
• Patients, families and caregivers
• Primary care providers
• SE Health
• SPRINT Senior Care
• Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network Home
• Community Care Unison Health & Community Services
• VHA Home HealthCare
• Vibrant Healthcare Alliance
We will grow our strategic focus to ensure connected care for all people living in North Toronto as our partnership evolves. For example, for our senior population, we intend to work together to foster a comprehensive approach to care to support seniors to be active, healthy and socially connected.
In October, we will submit the full application for the North Toronto Health Collaborative Ontario Health Team to the Ministry of Health. Along the way, we are committed to continuing to broaden involvement with other agencies and organizations in the area. These strong partnerships are key to ensuring the success of this integrated model of care.
This new model will provide better and more connected care across Ontario. We will keep you informed as we move further along, together with our patients, clients, families, and other health care and community service organizations.
VHA Home HealthCare will provide further updates on the various submissions we are involved in as the process moves forward.