Connected Care Update — April 20, 2022
Moving forward together: Transforming care through partnership and engagement with patients, families and caregivers
The Minister of Health’s Patient and Family Advisory Council has released its 2021-22 report showcasing patient, family and caregiver voices as key in shaping the future of Ontario’s health care. The report highlights the exceptional work of the Council and its Chair and the fundamental importance of genuine partnership, engagement and co-design with patients, families and caregivers in building stronger, better-connected care for Ontarians that responds to their needs.
Established as a permanent body in 2019, the Patient and Family Advisory Council is a key advisory group to the Minister and Ministry of Health. The Council provides expert advice on health system priorities to ensure that patient, family and caregiver perspectives are meaningfully incorporated into health system policies, programs and initiatives. The Council is currently composed of 13 skilled, thoughtful and passionate patient, family and caregiver advisors from across the province who represent a diversity of voices, skillsets, and lived or living experience. In 2021-22, the Council focused on several key areas of health care system transformation and the government’s plan to better connect care for Ontarians: Ontario Health Teams, digital health, home and community care, and mental health and addictions. The Council and ministry also partner with Ontario Health to ensure ongoing engagement and alignment.
Betty-Lou Kristy, Chair of the Minister’s Patient and Family Advisory Council, spoke to this exciting milestone.
I’m thrilled to announce the release of our Annual Report showcasing the phenomenal work of the Minister’s Patient and Family Advisory Council and our authentic partnership with the Minister and Ministry of Health. I am grateful for this opportunity to demonstrate the importance of true partnership and co-design with patients, families, caregivers, people with lived/living experience and all those in contact with the health care system. I look forward to continuing this exciting work.
For more information on the Minister’s Patient and Family Advisory Council, visit: Help shape Ontario’s health care system.