Our Care Communities
Care Communities (formerly called sub-regions) are local geographies in our Waterloo Wellington LHIN.
The care community model is a planning tool that allows us to better plan, integrate, and improve the performance of local health services. They also have the potential to help us better identify and capture diverse population needs–be they linguistic, cultural or others–and to help our health care system better respond to these needs.
What are the Care Communities in Waterloo Wellington?
Currently, the Waterloo Wellington LHIN has four care communities: Wellington (including Centre and North Wellington, Guelph-Eramosa, and a small part of Grey County), Guelph & Puslinch, Cambridge & North Dumfries, and KW4 (Kitchener, Waterloo, Wilmot, Woolwich, and Wellesley). The current geographies are shown in the map to the left.
How were they Developed?
Care Communities were developed based on consultation with local health service providers and primary care/hospital data to better serve residents with complex care needs. Existing care patterns were considered to enable health planners and providers to better identify and respond to the health care needs of local communities, to ensure that patients are able to access the care they need, when and where they need it. A care community is not a boundary. They do not restrict Ontarians as they make their health care decisions.
Our Care Community Health Profiles
The Care Community Health Profiles are intended support the LHIN, our health service providers, and social and community system partners in:
- Assessing population needs through a health-equity lens
- Assessing service capacity to meet population needs
- Understanding the patient experience
- Helping to advance targeted improvements in local and provincial priority areas.
Learn more about each Care Community:
Environmental Scan 2019-2022 Integrated Health Service Plans
The Environmental Scan was prepared for use by all LHINs and their partners to support planning. It provides an overview of a number of key characteristics of local populations, services, utilization, and health impacts. It presents updated characteristics of health and healthcare in each LHIN as well as a comparison to Ontario overall and to other LHINs.
Read the Environmental Scan here.
Engagement with our Community
Our community engagement report provides the results of extensive stakeholder consultation held over summer, 2018 with people who use and work within the health care system, including patients, caregivers, primary care practitioners, LHIN-funded health system partners, and many others).
The purpose of this report is to provide health care decision makers and residents with an overview of what matters to
Click here to read the report in English / French
Summary of Inputs List