Setting Health & Well-being Priorities for Northumberland

The Ontario Health Team of Northumberland (OHT-N) has launched a collaborative effort involving patients, caregivers, community members, health care and community service providers to shape, together, the future of care and services in Northumberland. We invite you to join us in setting health and well-being priorities for our community.

What is the Ontario Health Team of Northumberland

In February 2019, the Ontario government introduced the Ontario Health Team (OHT) model of care. OHTs would be a new way of organizing and delivering care, with patients, caregivers and providers working together to plan and deliver health and community services. In December 2019, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health Christine Elliott confirmed the OHT-N as one of the first 24 OHTs in the province. 

 Read more about OHT-N initiatives in Northumberland 

Since the launch of the OHT-N in December 2019, partners have been working together to improve patient, caregiver and provider experience with health care and community services, and to improve health outcomes across Northumberland.

  • We have established a Rural Outreach Clinic in Colborne, together with the Township of Cramahe, to increase access to services for rural residents.
  • We have partnered with Northumberland Paramedics to expand the reach of the Community Paramedicine Program, supporting more people who are frail/elderly, live in rural areas, are experiencing mental health and addictions challenges, or are experiencing homelessness. 
  • We have partnered with the HKPR District Health Unit and community volunteers to deliver COVID-19 assessment, testing and vaccination throughout the pandemic.

Strategic Planning - a vision for the future

Potential Group 'Strategy Hive (TM)' process - 1) Shape the Process - set initial directions and co-create the engagement approach (Jan 2022); 2) Pollinate Ideas (Wide engagement and gathering insights and ideas for in-depth consideration (Feb/Mar 2022); 3) Strategy Hives (TM) - Intensive planning sessions on key topics (April/May 2022); 4) Create Strategy Framework - Harvest insights, finalize strategy and launch implementation (May 2022)

To set priorities and actions for the next phase of our work together, we have begun creating a Strategic Plan – and we want to hear from you!

  • What do you value most about health and well-being supports in Northumberland?
  • What could we be doing better as a health system to meet your health and well-being needs? 
  • What improvements to health care, community services and patient experience would you like to see?

From March through May, 2022, the OHT-N is coordinating a broad community consultation - together with the firm Potential Group, using their Strategy HiveTM process - to gather feedback to these questions and more.

 Read more about how the information gathered will be used

The information gathered through this extensive community consultation process, along with related statistics and data, will:

  • Form the basis for the OHT-N’s Strategic Plan (to be released in June/July 2022).
  • It will also be used by OHT-N partners to inform their individual organizational strategic plans.
  • Summary reports of all data gathered will be shared with the community.

A single process supporting multiple outcomes, for the benefit of the community.  

How to participate

We have  created many opportunities for you to get involved and have a say.

Current Opportunity

Participate in our Strategy Hive planning sessions (May 2022)

As a next step in our consultation process, we will be hosting a series of 2.5-hour focused planning sessions called Strategy Hives. Community members, patients and caregivers, providers and others interested in improving health and well-being in Northumberland are invited to participate.

Below are descriptions of our five Strategy Hives. Please take a moment to read each of the topics and click on the links below each to register. You are welcome to attend one or all of the hives as we work, together, to turn ideas for improvement into action. We hope you can join us!

Strategy Hive One: Equity, Inclusion and the Basics of a Healthy Life - May 11, 2022 - 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

What could we do creatively in Northumberland to address chronic issues like housing, poverty and inequity that impact health and well-being in our community? What can we do to ensure that everyone feels welcome no matter where they seek out help? 

As a society, we value the health of our community, but not everyone has access to the same level of care and support. Many people continue to experience barriers of access to housing, healthy food, and stigma-free, inclusive, and welcoming care and services. Members of our community experience the impact of inequity and stereotypes that hinders the care and support they receive, and more is needed to support those who are experiencing barriers to ensure all have access to the basics of a healthy life. 

In this first Strategy Hive, we will begin a creative exploration of what we can do in Northumberland to ensure that everyone, especially those who told us that they are currently not being well-served, feels welcome and supported across local health care and community services. Together, we will set priorities for action that will help make Northumberland a place where everyone has the opportunity to thrive.

Date/Time: Wednesday, May 11, 2022 - 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. 

Register here

Strategy Hive Two: Primary Care Solutions - May 12, 2022 - 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

What could we do differently to creatively meet needs typically addressed by family physicians/nurse practitioners?

No matter who we spoke with throughout our consultation, we heard about the need for more doctors or nurse practitioners in our community to meet the basic primary health needs of our population. Today, many of the people who live in Northumberland do not have a local family doctor. Many keep their doctor from other parts of the province for fear of losing care, while others use the Emergency Departments at Northumberland Hills Hospital (NHH) or Campbellford Memorial Hospital (CMH) to get basic, non-emergent needs met. As more doctors and nurse practitioners retire, we need to find other ways to meet the basic health needs of our community in a timely fashion.

Join us for this Strategy Hive where we will think creatively about how we can use the resources we have to better meet the primary health needs of our community. We will also explore how we can make Northumberland an even more attractive place for doctors, nurses and other health professionals to live and practice.

Date/Time: Thursday, May 12, 2022 - 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Register here

Strategy Hive Three: Aging Well at Home - May 17, 2022 - 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

What innovative solutions could we design together to proactively support seniors and those living with chronic conditions to age well in their homes?

Northumberland has a higher percentage of seniors per capita than the provincial average. Many continue to move to the region to retire and enjoy their senior years. Most of us value being able to age at home, but as needs increase with age, it is harder and harder for seniors to stay in their homes, creating many challenges for our health and long-term care systems, and for caregivers.

Join us for this Strategy Hive where we will explore innovative solutions to enable seniors and others with chronic conditions to stay in their homes. Together, we will explore how we can creatively use the resources we have, along with Northumberland’s neighbour-helping-neighbour culture, to come up with unique solutions for our elders and individuals living with chronic conditions. 

Date/Time: Tuesday, May 17, 2022 - 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Register here

 Strategy Hive Four: Elevating Mental Health and Addictions Care - May 18, 2022 - 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 

What new models of care and support could we adopt to better address the mental health and addiction needs of our community?

While we have seen an important and progressive evolution of mental health services in Northumberland over the last several years, challenges remain in effectively responding to the high volume of need and complexity of care required. The pandemic has both heightened need and brought mental health into the conversation in a way that it wasn’t before, increasing awareness of the importance of integrating mental health into overall wellbeing.

Join us for this Strategy Hive where we will explore new and innovative ways of addressing the mental health and addiction needs in our community. Together we will look for solutions that better utilize the resources we have in Northumberland, identify opportunities for expanded services closer to home, draw on other creative solutions in similar communities, and that leverage our caring collaborative community.

Date/Time: Wednesday, May 18, 2022 - 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 

Register here

 Strategy Hive Five: Making Our Health System Simpler and Easier to Navigate - May 19, 2022 - 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. 

How can we build upon our strong foundation of community collaboration to improve how people find the services they need to create a simpler, more connected system of care in Northumberland?

Finding the health and well-being services you need can be a very complex task. Whether you are a patient, a caregiver, or a provider of care and services, it can be difficult to know everything about what is offered and available in our community and beyond. In this final Strategy Hive we will explore what is most needed to ensure that everyone seeking support can find it, creating a simpler journey and more positive experience for all.

Date/Time: Thursday, May 19, 2022 - 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. 

Register here  

Recent community consultations - now concluded

Community Experience Survey (March 7 - April 4, 2022) 

Community members were invited to complete an online survey, sharing your experiences with health care and community services, and what you and the people in your life most need for your health and well-being. 

Our Community Experience Survey is now closed. Thank you to everyone who took the time to submit your feedback.

Community Conversations (March 2022)

Throughout the month of March, patients, caregivers, and health care and community service providers reached out directly to people across Northumberland for one-to-one conversations about local services and where OHT-N partners should focus to improve experiences and health outcomes.

Provider Focus Groups (March 2022)

Health care and community service providers in Northumberland were invited to targeted group discussions to share insights and ideas that will inform the priority-setting process.  

  • OHT-N Governance Advisory Council Focus Group: March 21, 2022 (12:00-1:00 p.m.) 
  • Community Services Focus Group (providers of housing and shelter, income, and food security supports, early years and emergency first response services, and others): March 22, 2022 (1:00-2:00 p.m.)
  • Inter-professional Health Care Provider Focus Group (nurses, allied health, home and community care providers): March 22, 2022 (3:00-4:00 p.m.)
  • Primary Care Focus Group (family physicians, Nurse Practitioners and midwives): March 23, 2022 (7:00-8:00 p.m.)