Demonstrate System Leadership


The Central West LHIN is responsible for ensuring that the health system delivers the best possible outcomes in terms of population health, value, and the patient experience. To carry out its responsibilities, the Central West LHIN works with its partners to provide system leadership to serve patients, clients and residents.

This leadership includes capacity planning, guiding system-wide initiatives, and supporting stakeholders throughout the system to provide the best possible care and outcomes for the population.

This leadership also takes place in the context of provincial priorities that increasingly call for collaboration with government and other entities that extend well beyond the health sector.


System Capacity Planning

To support population health outcomes, and within the context of a rapidly changing demographics (population growth, aging and diversity) and limited funding growth, the Central West LHIN is responsible for identifying the existing capacity of, and resources required for, infrastructure, programs, people, and other elements that keep the health system running.

Developing system capacity now includes the development of community hubs, which conceptually bring health and community organizations together to provide services in one location. The province has committed to developing these community hubs so that people can access a range of government services–not just health–from a single, accessible location. The Central West LHIN will explore innovative models to support such hubs, recognizing that presently there is no established model in the province, but many emerging examples from which to learn.

Demonstrate System Leadership | System Capacity Planning
Strategic Direction Strategic Initiative Strategic Action
Demonstrate System Leadership System Capacity Planning Complete capacity plans across services within the Central West LHIN in the context of provincial capacity planning initiatives.
Using the completed capacity plan for seniors services, develop a local seniors strategy encompassing the various intersecting provincial and local renewal strategies.
Assess current HSP and community provider locations for potential co-location and opportunities to further develop community hubs.

Population Health

A population health approach looks at how socio-economic factors, in addition to the health care system, significantly affect the health of members of the local population. It considers a broad range of collective and individual factors commonly referred to as social determinants of health. These factors include income and social status, social support networks, education, employment/working conditions, social environments, physical environments, personal health practices and coping skills, healthy child development, gender and culture. The Central West LHIN needs to understand population needs, including those of persons with disabilities, target resources accordingly, improve outcomes, and promote sustainability within a broader health equity framework.

In addition, the LHINs across the province have identified health equity –ensuring avoidable health disparities among population groups are minimized wherever possible–as a key component of quality care. Given the diverse population in the Central West LHIN, this part of quality care and population health is particularly salient. The Central West LHIN will address health inequities by focusing on population health.

Demonstrate System Leadership | Population Health
Strategic Direction Strategic Initiative Strategic Action
Demonstrate System Leadership Population Health Through the Healthy Communities initiative in the Central West LHIN bring together health and social services to broaden perspective for action based on social determinants of health.
Working with public health and others to conduct an analysis of population health status.
Develop an Equity Charter to specify the Central West LHIN’s commitment to health equity.
Develop a plan to, and begin to, identify and monitor key health equity and social determinant of health indicators.

Dementia Strategy

In Ontario today, one in ten seniors is living with some form of dementia. Ontario’s Strategy for Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias included creating the Behavioural Supports Ontario (BSO) program, investing in Long-Term Care staff training, and supporting the Alzheimer Society of Ontario and other agencies to improve treatment and management of the disease. The Central West LHIN is committed to implementing the next steps in the province’s dementia strategy as it evolves over the next three years.

Demonstrate System Leadership | Dementia Strategy
Strategic Direction Strategic Initiative Strategic Action
Demonstrate System Leadership Dementia Strategy Lead the local implementation of the provincial dementia strategy.
Lead the development of an integrated psychogeriatric support for Behavioural Supports Ontario (BSO).

Lost and Found

"Mary", a proud and independent senior once able to cook and clean for herself and, from time-to-time, look after her young grandchildren, was diagnosed with Vascular Dementia. Her cognitive impairment was sudden and rapid, leaving her daughter with a great sense of loss for the mother she once knew.

Mary began to attend the Kipling Acres Adult Day Program and soon started to come home with stories of days filled with people she had met and activities that she enjoyed including dancing, singing and spending time with the children who attend the day care facility.

"I have watched my Mother over the months since she has been in the Program,” said Cathy, Mary’s daughter. “The program at Kipling Acres has helped me to see a whole new side of my Mother and, while she will never be the same person she once was, she is still a remarkable woman. The Program has given me back my Mother, helping me to see all that I have in her rather than what I had lost."

Lost and Found

Build on the Momentum

Central West LHIN, its HSPs and community partners have made good progress in addressing local and provincial priorities. The LHIN wants to build on the momentum of these successes and other provincial priorities, particularly those related to Cancer Care, Women and Children’s Health, Cardio-Vascular Disease and Rehabilitation Services.

Demonstrate System Leadership | Build on the Momentum
Strategic Direction Strategic Initiative Strategic Action
Demonstrate System Leadership Build on the Momentum Work with Cancer Care Ontario, the Provincial Council on Maternal and Child Health, Cardiac Care Network of Ontario and the Rehabilitative Care Alliance to move the provincial and local agendas forward.