"Your Local" Mid-West Toronto Sub-Region

As partners in the Mid-West, we are focused on:

 

Population Based Planning 

Service Alignment and Integration 

 Performance Improvement

 

The future of health care is local.

The Local is a storytelling platform that brings a human dimension to population health data in the Toronto Central LHIN. It tells hyperlocal stories about population health issues and grassroots innovations happening within the Toronto neighbourhoods that make up the LHIN’s five sub-regions.


No data without stories, and no stories without data.
 

 

Understanding primary care attachment among the elder Chinese: Every Friday morning the elderly residents of 91 Augusta Avenue eagerly await the arrival of Dr. Lim — their unofficial doctor-in-residence. With nearby hospitals experiencing high rates of low-urgency emergency department visits, these types of culturally sensitive services may hold the key to keeping care in the community — and helping seniors age in place. Learn More...


The primary care clinicians at the Queen West - Central Toronto Community Health Centre were feeling burnt out. They needed more than a half-hour time slot to address their patients' concerns and more resources and systems support at their fingertips. It wasn't a surprise - the population that the centre serves is marginalized and many client's that walk through the doors have issues in their lives that complicate how they access healthcare and how healthy they are. 

Many are homeless, street-involved, refugees or undocumented.To address the needs behind the symptoms, the centre brought in Thandy Young to do short-term, primary care case management. Using a five-meeting model (or what she calls the "whatever it takes" model) Young earns clients trust and builds a relationship to address the issues affecting their health and encourage them to buy in to systems of support and care. Six months after her arrival, the impact on the centre is resoundingly positive - and the impact on clients is life-changing. Learn More...



"I didn't get out of bed unless it was to smoke crack." That's how Dana Dack describes her life before becoming a harm reduction peer worker with Sistering's harm reduction program. Now, guided by the program's coordinators, she uses her own life experiences to meet other women where they are - whether they're doing drugs, using alcohol, working as a sex worker, or living on the streets. 

It's an approach that encourages the women in this vulnerable, high-risk population to engage with systems like healthcare; systems that many in the population feel alienated by. According to Carol Danis, coordinator of the harm reduction peer worker program, it starts by knowing what not to do, she says, “We’re not telling them what they need. We’re not telling them you’ve got to live here or you’ve got to get sober." Instead, they accept women wherever they are, with their doors wide open. Learn More...



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Contacts:

Home & Community Leads: 
Maureen Fair (West Neighbourhood House)
Bill Sinclair (St. Stephen’s Community House)
Lori Holloway (Bellwoods Centres for Community Living Inc.)
Kim Pearson (Toronto Central LHIN Home and Community Care)

Hospital Resource Partner: 
University Health Network

LHIN Lead: 
Wilfred Cheung

Primary Care Clinical Lead: 
Dr. Pauline Pariser

 

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