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Posted November 4 , 2013

Health Care

WWLHIN Board Highlights – October 2013 Meeting

KITCHENER - The Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network’s Board of Directors held their regular meeting on October 24, 2013.

Strategic Agenda – Health Links The meeting included an update on the Health System Transformation Provincial Plan and Local
Action, with Health Links being a primary component of our local action. Health Links is a program that ensures residents with high needs get the health care they need most, based on a new way of working together across the system. This approach provides care based on the resident’s needs and involves rethinking services from the perspective of the resident. In Waterloo Wellington we have four Health Links. The Guelph and the Rural Wellington Health Links are both approved, and the Kitchener-Waterloo and Cambridge/North Dumfries Health Links are pending approval from the Ministry of Health. See the full presentation for more information about Health Links.

Investing in Mental Health The board approved $400,000 in funding for a new mental health program for high-risk residents, called Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT). DBT is a unique approach that has proven to be particularly helpful for residents who struggle with traditional forms of support. It will be offered through a partnership of the Canadian Mental Health Association of Waterloo Wellington Dumfries (CMHA-WWD) and Waterloo Regional Homes for Mental Health.

Investing in Community Supports The board also approved almost $2M in funding to help residents live independently in their homes longer, help improve their quality of living at the end of their lives, and to expand access to primary care. This investment expands successful programs to reach more residents and adds new services for our community through Community Support Connections – Meals on Wheels and More; Community Care Concepts of Woolwich, Wellesley, Wilmot; Victorian Order of Nurses for Canada – Ontario Branch – WWD Site; Waterloo Wellington Community Care Access Centre; Kitchener Downtown Community Health Centre; and Langs Farm Village Association’s Community Health Centre.

Prioritizing Investments in Improving Residents’ Experience and Quality of Care The board also prioritized the use of one-time funds that are available this year towards three key objectives: improving coordination of care, through reducing confusion and closing gaps in the system; achieving a high quality, integrated health system for residents, through technology solutions; and improving access to and experience of care, through better access to the right care in the right place.

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