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Study aims to improve Ontario’s health care system

Aug 28, 2017
Guylaine Spencer

Dr. Ruta Valaitis has been invited to be the Phase 1 Academic co-lead on an important year-long study that will have an impact on how health services are designed and delivered in Ontario.

The study is called ‘Public Health Units and LHINs working together for population health’.  (LHIN stands for Local Health Integration Networks.) This is a collaborative research project led by public heath units and funded and supported by Public Health Ontario. The study team will explore the reorientation of Ontario’s health system from a biomedical model focused on the individual to one that focuses on populations and the social determinants of health. The main research question is:  “What are the key elements needed to achieve an improved health system in Ontario informed by a population health approach?”

Valaitis said: “This is a locally driven collaborative project initiated and led by Ottawa Public Health with academic leadership coming from McMaster University’s School of Nursing and the University of Western Ontario (Dr. Anita Kothari). The study is particularly important at this juncture given the expanding roles of LHINs and the modernization of public health standards. This research will inform strategies for Public Health and LHINs to effectively work together to plan programs and services to best meet the unique needs of populations within each community.”

The Phase 1 summary will be presented in the Public Health Ontario Grand Rounds Webinar on Tuesday, October 31st 2017 from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. EST.

To register for this event any time after October 16th, 2017, use this link:

The study’s final report is anticipated in the spring 2018.

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