On Wednesday April 11th, in my capacity as Chair of the Board of Health for Ottawa Public Health (OPH), I had the privilege to join Jean-Pierre Boisclair, Chair of the Champlain LHIN Board, and Chantal LeClerc, Chief Executive Officer of the Champlain LHIN, in formalizing an agreement between our respective organizations. The intent of the Memorandum of Understanding between OPH and the Champlain LHIN is to set out parameters and priorities as we continue to strengthen our collaboration.
OPH and the Champlain LHIN have a history of collaborating to improve the health of the population, drawing on each other’s strengths and areas of expertise. More recently, Patients First provincial direction is to formalize the relationship and focus on using a population health approach to improve the health of the whole population and reduce inequities amongst populations.
Areas of Collaboration in 2018 are:
- Creating a structure and processes for collaboration
- Population health assessment and joint planning
- Health equity
- Learning from existing “projects”
- Early Opportunities for Action
Actions moving forward are:
- Identifying human resources to support collaboration
- Arranging activities to build understanding of each other’s mandates
- Establishing and confirming specific goals and objectives
- Deciding on evaluation mechanisms and processes to review areas of focus on an annual basis
I am pleased that we are taking these important steps forward in our journey to improve health outcomes for residents of the City of Ottawa.