What is a Sub-region?
A sub-region is a smaller geographic planning region within the Central East LHIN that will help the LHIN to better understand and address patient needs at the local level. Sub-regions have been in place informally in Central East LHIN for many years and they are now being formalized. By looking at care patterns through a smaller, more local lens, the Central East LHIN will be able to better identify and respond to community needs and ensure that patients across the entire LHIN have access to the care they need, when and where they need it. This includes the needs of Francophone Ontarians, Indigenous communities, newcomers and other individuals and groups within the Central East LHIN whose health care needs are unique and who often experience challenges accessing and navigating the health care system.
In the Central East LHIN, seven (7) sub-regions have been providing a geographic foundation for the development of local integrated systems of care.
Why were Sub-regions established?
Central East LHIN sub-regions were established based on existing care patterns in order to achieve a more local approach that will better serve Ontarians by ensuring that services reflect the unique needs of patients and their communities. In formalizing our sub-regions, the Central East LHIN used the best available evidence - including patient referral patterns and insights gleaned from local engagement with patients, providers and community members - to ensure that sub-regions align with local needs.
What are Sub-region Planning Tables?
The Central East LHIN Sub-region Planning Tables are mandated to:
- Forster joint accountability for innovative, integrated system redesign;
- Address health and service gaps;
- Advance quality; and
- Improve patient experience and outcomes.
The Sub-region Planning Tables will empower individuals, organizations and sectors to engage in collaborative planning for a local population within a defined geography. Specific sub-region priorities will be informed by the patient and caregiver perspective and local health system data. Ultimately, the Sub-region Planning Tables will provide recommendations to the Sub-region Steering Committee for innovative and integrated strategies to address local health gaps, following the established funding cycles of the LHIN. The Sub-region Planning Tables will generally meet monthly, while the Sub-region Steering Committee will meet bimonthly. Click HERE for the 2017/18 fiscal year deliverables.
Who is involved?
Physicians, nurses, other clinicians, community partners, as well as patients, caregivers and their families play a role in planning, priority setting and implementing improvement activities at the Central East LHIN sub-region level to ensure the needs of patients and their communities are being met.