2019-2022 Strategic Plan Development

The North East LHIN is developing a new three-year strategic health plan for Northeastern Ontario and we need your help! Under the public campaign, “Your Health, Your Voice, Your Northeastern Ontario Plan,” we want to hear what you think Northeastern Ontario’s health priorities should be for the next three years.

Ways to Connect

Northerners are important partners in the North East LHIN’s health system transformation efforts, and work to build a stronger system of care for people living in Northeastern Ontario. There are several ways for you to get involved in our strategic planning process and help to inform our region’s health priorities:

Some of the questions we will be asking Northerners include:

  • What do you need to live healthy and well in your community?
  • Imagine it is four years from now, what do you hope would have changed to make your experiences with the health care system better?
  • What services and supports would make the biggest, positive difference to your health?
  • What are the current gaps in health care in Northeastern Ontario?

Are you hosting or planning a community event? Perhaps it would provide a good venue for the NE LHIN to speak to your delegates about their thoughts on health priorities for Northeastern Ontario. Feel free to invite us along. Contact us at engagingwithyou@lhins.on.ca or by phone at 1-866-906-5446 extension 5200.

Read the North East LHIN’s Current Strategic Plan

The North East LHIN’s current strategic plan covers the period of April 1st, 2016 to March 31st, 2019. Feedback from more than 4,000 Northerners helped shape the plan, which identified three key health priorities:

  • Improve access and wait times
  • Increase care coordination
  • Strengthen system sustainability

Much work has taken place to advance these priorities over the last two years. These efforts continue to make a difference in building a stronger system of care for Northerners. The work has been done in partnership with health service providers, community organizations, municipal partners and fellow Northerners – Thank You!

Read about health system transformation work to date:

To learn more about our proposed priorities for 2019-2022, our engagement slide presentation can be viewed here.

North East LHIN Environmental Scan

The North East LHIN works in partnership to help improve the health status and health care experience of people living in Northeastern Ontario.  Our work is informed by engagements held with fellow Northerners where we have the opportunity to discuss health care and learn what they need to live healthy and well in this part of the province.  In addition, extensive data research is done to better understand our region’s demographics, health status, how Northerners are accessing care and socio-economic information.  

Compared to the rest of the province, the NE LHIN has a larger proportion of aging residents, more people with poor health status, chronic disease, higher rates of mortality, and high risk factors such as smokers, heavy drinkers, and obesity. The NE LHIN also has a very diverse population with 22% of the population identifying as Francophone, 13% Indigenous, and 21% aged 65 and over. The North East LHIN’s massive geography, demographics and the delivery of health care go hand-in-hand and define Northeastern Ontario in terms of challenges faced with health care delivery. The NE LHIN catchment area is a huge geographic area – about the size of Germany –representing 44% of Ontario’s land mass yet only 4% of its population. Some communities, like those along the James and Hudson Bay coast, are only accessible by air and ice roads for several months of the year, others are hours away from a neighboring community.

For each Integrated Health Service Plan (IHSP) planning cycle, the Health Analytics Branch of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and Ontario’s 14 LHINs create a detailed LHIN summary of demographic, population health and health system indicators that are available from a variety of data sources. This compilation of information is published under our Environmental Scan which is released every three years. To view the most recent environmental scan, click here. Please know that the Scan provides an overview of a selection of statistics. There is always additional data sources to access upon request.  We will post additional information as it becomes available.

The Environmental scan plays a key role in setting NE LHIN goals and priorities over a three-year period, and has helped to inform our 2019-2022 Integrated Health Services Plan, which will be published in 2019. 

*Included in this Environmental Scan are statistics with regard to primary care rates in Northeastern Ontario, including numbers of practicing physicians, nurses and nurse practitioners. The North East LHIN has no way of verifying the accuracy of this data and suggests that if anyone is looking for primary care data, to contact the North East LHIN directly. For more information, please contact Marnie Wells, Primary Care Planning Lead.