Ottawa Health Team moves to phase two of provincial submission process

July 18, 2019

We are pleased to have received confirmation that the Ottawa Health Team was invited to submit a full application in the Ontario Health Team (OHT) selection process.

The Ottawa Health Team came together because we want people to be as healthy as possible and to keep people well. We also know that when people do get sick and need health care, the current system is comprised of many silos, making it difficult for people to access care and navigate the transitions along the continuum of care. By working together as a team, we believe we can do better at keeping people well and offering more seamless care when they need it.

As an OHT, we are committed to achieving a quadruple aim by:

1.      Providing the best possible experience through equitable access to quality care when and where people need it
2.      Enhancing the work-life experience of care givers and staff who are providing care and support
3.      Improving the health of populations by establishing conditions that support health and create healthy communities
4.      Providing care and support in the most appropriate settings to achieve better outcomes and reduce costs.

The convening partners in the Ottawa Health Team recognize that we must continue our work with our 36 additional partners, who are essential in the health continuum, in order to provide the best possible health and community-based services.

We will strive to redesign a system where all providers will work together using innovative approaches to improve care pathways. To achieve this, we will:

·         focus on people-centered care, reflecting the diverse needs of the people that live in our community

·         engage clients/patients, families/caregivers and front-line professionals in improving the system

·         focus on keeping people well, and/or supported to live in the community

·         build on the good work and successes already realized

·         build on primary health care, community and social services as a strong foundation for the health system

·         coordinate care to achieve better access and seamless transitions for people and families

·         measure our performance using data to enhance quality of care and inform decisions to achieve system improvement.

In its first year, the OHT will focus on two priority groups, both of which require greater coordination of care, clearer pathways to support them and improved access to specialists: frail seniors and people with mental health and/or addictions challenges.

Lead Partners

Carefor Community & Health Services/Services & soins de santé communautaire
Carlington Community Health Centre/Centre de santé communautaire Carlington
Centretown Community Health Centre/Centre de santé communautaire du Centre-ville
Ottawa Inner City Health, Inc.
Ottawa Public Health/Santé Publique Ottawa
Pinecrest-Queensway Community Health Centre/Centre de santé communautaire Pinecrest Queensway
Sandy Hill Community Health Centre/Centre de santé communautaire Côte de Sable
Somerset West Community Health Centre/Centre de santé communautaire Somerset ouest
South-East Ottawa Community Health Centre/Centre de santé communautaire Sud-est Ottawa
The Ottawa Hospital/L’Hôpital d’Ottawa

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