On October 9, 2019, the Hamilton Health Team (HHT) reached an important milestone with the submission of its full application to the Ministry of Health toward becoming a designated Ontario Health Team. Ontario Health Teams are intended to create a seamless and integrated care experience for individuals throughout the province.
The HHT is co-chaired by two patient advocates and includes representation across more than 20 organizations, representing primary care, home care, hospitals, community agencies, long-term care, mental health, Indigenous health, post-secondary education, and the City of Hamilton (Healthy and Safe Communities Department, Public Health and Paramedic Services).
Planning has focused on improving patient outcomes and the patient experience by redesigning how to connect, coordinate, and deliver health and community support services to better serve specific populations, including:
- Children and youth with mental health and addictions concerns
- Adults with mental health and addictions concerns
- Older adults with multiple chronic conditions
Over the past few months, the HHT has engaged more than 200 leaders, community members, patients, and physicians in its work. The HHT hosted a series of workshops designed to build relationships and co-design the application with expertise from health and social service leadership across the continuum of care including patient advisors, public health, primary care providers, community organizations including health, social services, and housing. This works sets the foundation for increasing engagement and collaboration into the future.