Community Engagement

Community Engagement is the foundation of all activity at the Central East LHIN.  Being more responsive to local needs and opportunities requires on-going dialogue and planning with those who use and deliver health services.  Since 2005, board members and LHIN staff have actively engaged with local community residents, health care service providers, provincial associations, local government leaders and many other organizations and individuals on how to improve and enhance the public health system.  The links below provide you with the background on the documents that support Community Engagement in the Central East LHIN and across the province.   

Foundational Resources

This Framework, first published by the Central East LHIN in June 2006, charted a direction for Community Engagement as the LHIN began to develop and implement its first Integrated Health Service Plan.

A Framework for Community Engagement & Local Health Planning - June 2006

"We're Listening" - Video

This short 8-minute video shows the steps taken by the Central East LHIN in 2006 to engage community members, health service providers, board members and others in the development of its first Integrated Health Service Plan.

Additional Community Engagement Resources

Community engagement is an essential function and core value of the Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs), in alignment with the Local Health System Integration Act, 2006 (LHSIA). To support both consistency and accountability in community engagement practices, the LHINs, in partnership with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC), have developed a set of performance measurement indicators and a guideline toolkit. The LHIN Community Engagement Guidelines and Toolkit (Guidelines) was first published in February 2011 and was recently revised to reflect the changing landscape of community and patient engagement, along with the maturation of the LHINs.  

To access these revised guidelines, please click on the link below:

To support the engagement of primary care physicians by LHINs, a Resource Guide and Toolkit was created in partnership with Ontario Medical Association and Ontario College of Family Physicians and provides LHINs with a range of preferred engagement techniques that can be used to strengthen physician relations and enhance collaboration.