Improving equitable access to care is a core component of Central LHIN’s Integrated Health Service Plan 2016-2019. To improve equitable access to health services, Central LHIN has identified the following strategic priority - Better Care for Underserved Communities:
- Create organized, integrated systems of care to improve early intervention and treatment of disease in neighbourhoods or populations (Indigenous and Francophone) where there are recurring patterns of chronic and acute or episodic health conditions.
- Develop partnerships that will improve long-term health by addressing the key factors that determine healthy outcomes.
Central LHIN statement of commitment for reducing health disparities
Central LHIN will strive to reduce health disparities as a shared responsibility with its health service providers by integrating health equity into strategies and activities within its mandate and influence.
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Input from stakeholders and planning groups spoke to the need to improve inequities and access for people across the LHIN. The Central LHIN strategy aims to reduce avoidable health disparities within targeted population groups such as those from disadvantaged neighbourhoods; diverse ethno-cultural, Indigenous and Francophone backgrounds; vulnerable populations; people with disabilities and others experiencing challenges in accessing care.
Embedding a health equity orientation in local health system policies and practices helps to reduce health disparities among diverse population groups, and reduces the likelihood that decisions and actions will increase existing disparities. Identifying and reducing barriers to access and quality of care for marginalized populations and those with the worst health and least access to resources will result in a more equitable and sustainable health system for all. The Central LHIN operationalizes this in its work through the Board approved LHIN Priority Setting and Decision Making framework which is used to evaluate the impact of proposed initiatives. Specifically, the criterion on Equity is defined as:
“Impact on the health status and/or access to service of recognized sub-populations where there is a known health status gap between this specific population and the general population as compared to current practice/service. The absence of systematic and potentially remediable differences in one or more aspects of health across populations or population groups defined socially, economically, demographically, culturally, linguistically or geographically.”
Health Equity Update