Engaging Our Communities
Community engagement is an essential function and core value of Home and Community Care Support Services. Home and Community Care Support Services Mississauga Halton is one of 14 Home and Community Care Support Services organizations in Ontario with a focused mandate to deliver local health care services such as home and community care and long-term care home placement.
These organizations were previously known as Local Health Integration Networks at a time when they also led local health care planning and funding, and those functions are now part of Ontario Health.
Previously, to support both consistency and accountability in community engagement practices, the LHINs have developed revised Community Engagement Guidelines. These replace the 2011 Community Engagement Guidelines and Toolkit. The goal of the guidelines is to support LHINs as they engage, plan, and fund their local health care and service-delivery systems.
The guidelines include:
- Key LHIN engagement requirements
- The Triple Aim framework, which supports a population-health focus
- The International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) guiding principles
- Situational suggestions and principles
- Ways to identify documentation and evaluation components of engagement activity