Sub-region Planning

Sub-region Planning Key Messages

  1. In alignment with The Patients First Act, the North West LHIN is focused on population health planning at the sub-region level to ensure that services reflect the unique needs of patients and communities and to improve health outcomes for the people of Northwestern Ontario.

  2. This is not a new concept for the North West LHIN. The LHIN and our partners have worked collaboratively for many years through Integrated District Network (IDN) planning, now formerly called sub-regions. Through the work of the North West LHIN Health Services Blueprint, five IDNs were created to focus on providing equitable access to health care services for the residents within the district, improving health outcomes for the population and arranging for people to receive the level of care they need closer to home. The North West LHIN Health Links are also aligned to these same geographies.

  3. The North West LHIN sub-regions are: District of Kenora, Northern District, District of Rainy River, City of Thunder Bay, and District of Thunder Bay.

  4. Formal mechanisms and planning processes are now in place to advance planning at the sub-region level. We are aligning ourselves internally to focus on sub-regions through Core Planning Teams (consisting of a sub-region Director, Clinical Lead, Performance Lead, and Home and Community Care Manager in each sub-region) and we are aligning/streamlining planning tables at the sub-region level.

  5. By focusing on the whole health of the population, we will move away from spending time planning on focused sector work, and use our time more efficiently and effectively to plan as system partners. 

  6. Stakeholders – including patients, families, caregivers, Indigenous representatives, Francophone representatives, Primary Care (Physicians, Nurse Practitioners), Specialist Physicians, Hospitals, Public Health Unit, Municipal Services, Home and Community Care, Community Support Services, Long-Term Care Homes and Mental Health and Addictions – will work towards addressing health and service gaps, advancing quality, and improving patient experience and outcomes. Partners will focus on population-based planning, performance/quality improvement, service alignment and integration and implementation of LHIN-wide priorities.

  7. These tables are very much in the early stages of development and we will be looking to our partners to help guide the development of these tables.

  8. The North West LHIN remains committed to its vision of an integrated service delivery model that will result in improved health outcomes and patient experience. Planning at the sub-region level is a critical part of “how” we get there. Sub-region planning will be the mechanism by which we advance the Health Services Blueprint, as well as other key priorities, including Health Links, primary care integration and regional program planning.