Citizens in our communities are the experts in how they experience an illness, a set of life circumstances, the care they receive or the health system with which they interact. Effective and meaningful community engagement helps us design health services that are responsive to the needs of our population, and gives those we serve the opportunity to participate actively in the decision-making process.
Given the diversity of Toronto’s population, partnering and listening to an equally diverse group of patients and families is even more critical. We are and will consistently seek new ways to expand and deepen our reach into our diverse health service providers, patient/client and resident communities, and marginalized groups in our LHIN.
The Toronto Central LHIN Citizens' Panel
Listening to voices within our communities is not new for Toronto Central LHIN. In 2016, we launched our first Citizens’ Panel. The purpose of the Panel is to collaborate with a diverse group of citizens of our LHIN to find ways to ground our planning in the citizen voice. Building on the successes of last year, this year the Panel was refreshed, adding new members and new opportunities to add value to the work of the Toronto Central LHIN. While Panel members do not speak on behalf of a specific group of individuals, their combined perspectives help ground our work in the citizen voice.
Read about our Citizens' Panel members here.
Read the Citizens' Panel Terms of Reference here.
Toronto Central LHIN’s Home and Community Care Patient & Family Advisory Committee
With new responsibilities of providing home and community care, Toronto Central LHIN sought to ensure the citizen voice was heard in its planning. In March of 2018, the Toronto Central LHIN Home and Community Care Patient and Family Advisory Council was launched. Key strategic areas have been identified and the council has been engaged.
Citizen Advisors are citizens of the Toronto Central LHIN who have indicated interest in contributing to the work of Toronto Central LHIN in various capacities. To provide more opportunities for a broader range of our population, citizen advisors are paired with working groups and planning tables across Toronto Central LHIN. Ensuring meaningful engagement means individual experience and background are strategically matched to the identified groups.If you are interested in becoming a Citizen Advisor, please contact our Community Engagement Lead Ryan Hinds (email@example.com).