Toronto Central LHIN has divided its region into five planning areas (which we are calling our "sub-regions") to provide a foundation for the development of local integrated systems to ensure that the residents receive better health outcomes.
What is a sub-region?
Sub-regions are local geographies within Local Health Integration Networks.
LHINs have establish sub-regions - smaller geographic planning regions to help them better understand and address patient needs at the local level. By looking at care patterns through a smaller lens, LHIN staff will be able to better identify and respond to community needs and the LHIN will be able to ensure that patients across the entire LHIN region will be able to access the care they need, when and where they need it.
The Toronto Central LHIN has identified five sub-regions:
What is the rationale for creating sub-regions?
Currently, each LHIN encompasses approximately 1-2 million Ontarians, making these regions both populous and diverse. By viewing health care planning at a sub-regional level, sub-regions provide a local lens that will help LHINs better address patients' needs at the local level.
Sub-regions were established based on existing care patterns in order to achieve this more local approach that will better serve Ontarians by ensuring that services reflect the unique needs of patients and communities.
How were sub-regions identified?
The sub-regions were identified based on the strong history of collaboration within the LHIN, consultation with local health service providers, and patient referral patterns, including information that was available when developing the Health Links coordinated care planning approach to better serve residents with high care needs.
Will sub-regions create more bureaucracy?
No. Sub-regions are a planning tool - not additional bureaucracy. Some have been in place informally for many years. They were established based on existing care patterns 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 sub-region is not a boundary. They will not restrict Ontarians as they make their health care decisions.
Informing our Sub-Regions
These five sub-region planning areas were identified based on existing neighbourhoods and population characteristics as well as existing patterns of patient care within the Toronto Central LHIN.
On Thursday, August 11, 2016 we hosted a webinar to share in more detail our process to develop the five sub-regions. The purpose of this webinar was to receive feedback on the geographic mapping of these sub-regions in order to inform ongoing sub-region planning within the Toronto Central LHIN and also at a provincial level. We have recently appointed six Primary Care Clinical Leads in our five sub-regions. Click here to read more.
The webinar presentation and Q&A is now available below.