Achieving the best health and well-being together.
The Chatham-Kent Ontario Health Team is a collaborative group of 15 local health care providers working together to improve health care for patients, families and caregivers.
Early in 2019, the Government of Ontario announced sweeping changes to the health care system. This included the creation of Ontario Health to oversee health care at a provincial level and replace the 14 Local Health Integration Networks, Cancer Care Ontario, Health Quality Ontario, eHealth Ontario, Trillium Gift of Life Network, Health Shared Services Ontario and Health Force Ontario. This transition is still underway.
To oversee health care and system planning at the local level, the government also announced the creation of Ontario Health Teams (OHTs). Each Ontario Health Team sets its own governance and accountability structure, and distributes funding received from the Ministry of Health based on the needs of partner agencies, patients and the communities served.
In April 2019, the Ministry of Health put out an open call to interested health care organizations to collaborate and submit a self-assessment to determine readiness to become an Ontario Health Team. More than 150 groups submitted assessments, including the Chatham-Kent Ontario Health Team. In mid-July, the CKOHT became one of 31 groups invited to submit a full application.
Since that time, representatives from the partner organizations involved in the Chatham-Kent Ontario Health Team have created a Steering Committee and six Work Streams to complete the work involved in the full application. More than two dozen patient advisors are supporting this work as well as primary care physicians and nurse practitioners.
In total, the CKOHT application includes the expertise of about 100 people, and valuable input from about 20 community groups gathered through engagement sessions; showcasing a strong commitment to co-design a local health care system with improved access to care, enhanced system navigation, and a better overall experience for patients, families and caregivers.
On December 7, 2019, the Ministry of Health officially announced the Chatham-Kent Ontario Health Team as one of the first 24 OHTs in the province.