Local Health Integration Network consults with GWLIP on newcomer access to health services
June 29, 2015
On June 15, the Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network (WWLHIN) consulted with members of the Guelph-Wellington Local Immigration Partnership’s (GWLIP) Interpretation Services Coordination Committee and members of the Waterloo Region Immigration Partnership’s (WRIP) Health Support Action Group on how to improve the health care system for newcomers.
All LHINs are required to engage their local communities and stakeholders in their planning and decision-making processes. The WWLHIN’s focus over the next year will be on engaging residents and providers in the development of its 2016-2019 Integrated Health Service Plan (IHSP). The theme for the development of the IHSP is “Putting our Residents First”, which includes focus on immigrants, as well as aboriginal and francophone residents.
Service providers that serve immigrants and networks like the GWLIP and WRIP can provide insight into demographic changes that may call for systemic adjustments to health care services to make them more accessible. For example, easy access to interpretation services is crucial from an immigrant perspective.
The WWLHIN has provided a summary of the June 15 focus group discussion on its website.