Shared Priorities

The province’s vision is to have all health care coordinated through Ontario Health Teams (OHTs) in the future. Initially, OHTs will test this model of care through targeted projects serving specific populations. 

Northumberland County has a population with more seniors than the rest of Ontario. Many residents live in rural areas. As a result, the OHT-N's initial focus has been to coordinate health care services for older adults living with complex conditions and rural populations – specifically those who experience barriers to care.

2022-2026 core areas of focus

In December 2022, OHT-N partners introduced a Strategic Plan outlining joint objectives and actions for the next four years. During this period, we will be focused on advancing the following health and well-being priorities for Northumberland:

  • Improving access to primary and specialty care and services in our region.
  • Supporting older adults with complex conditions to live and age well at home.
  • Improving access and services for those who have mental health and addiction needs.

Read our full Strategic Plan to learn more about the objectives and actions for each area of focus, and the pillars that will support them. 

Impact to date

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

  • Establishing a Rural Outreach Clinic in Colborne, together with the Township of Cramahe, to increase access to health services for rural residents. 
  • Partnering with Northumberland Paramedics to expand the reach of the Community Paramedicine Program, enhancing supports for older adults living with complex conditions in rural areas of Northumberland, including a focus on elderly, mental health and homelessness.
  • Delivering vital and consistent information to the community about COVID-19 and partnering with the HKPR District Health Unit and community volunteers to deliver COVID-19 assessment, testingvaccination and infection prevention services.
  • Partnering with Community Care Northumberland to train volunteers, who will be matched with older adults living with complex conditions. This connection will help to enhance the client's well-being and independence by improving social supports and access to community resources.

Partners are also continuing to implement new team-based models of care to accelerate improvements and strengthen decision-making in key areas such as cancer screening, mental health and addictions, advanced care planning, along with measuring progress.