Engaging local stakeholders is critical to the work of the Mississauga Halton Local Health Integration Network. As part of engaging with the community, the Mississauga Halton LHIN has a number of advisory councils and groups. These groups of health care practitioners, professionals, and community members come together to share information and to provide advice and input to the Mississauga Halton LHIN, informing our local health strategy.
Some of these groups are also part of our legislative requirements, as outlined in Part III of the Local Health Integration Act, 2006, which (for example) indicates that each LHIN is required to establish a health professionals advisory committee (subsection 16 (5)) as part of its overall community engagement strategy.
The Mississauga Halton LHIN's focus on acting in the best interest of residents guides local actions to transform the system and keep Mississauga Halton residents healthy and provide the right care, at the right time in the right place.
If you have questions about any of these groups, please phone our office at 905-337-7131 or 1-866-371-5446 (toll-free) or email us at MississaugaHalton@lhins.on.ca.
Mississauga Halton LHIN Patient and Family Advisory Committee (PFAC)
Health Professionals Advisory Committee (HPAC)
Are you interested in improving our region’s health services? Do you have ideas on how to make our health system better? Do you enjoy working with others and want to make a difference?
Patients, family members, caregivers and individuals with lived experience in the health care system have come together as participants of the Mississauga Halton LHIN’s inaugural Patient and Family Advisory Committee (PFAC).
The PFAC is a new forum that will build upon and complement existing patient and family engagement efforts within the Mississauga Halton LHIN. The committee will seek to ensure that patient, family and caregiver voices are embedded into Patients First health care transformation, and that citizen and lived experience feedback guides health care planning and delivery, to ultimately improve the region’s health services and delivery of care.
Committee members will work to inform the development of a strategy for regional patient and family engagement. As part of the strategy, members will look for ways to empower patients and caregivers to become agents of change.
This PFAC joins other Mississauga Halton LHIN initiatives that are putting patients first, as part of Ontario’s Patients First: Action Plan for Health Care. The Mississauga Halton LHIN’s Patient and Family Advisory Committee also joins other LHINs across Ontario who are establishing Patient and Family Advisory Committees.
The committee is just one of the many ways the Mississauga Halton LHIN is engaging with patients and caregivers in the region. Individuals interested in collaborating with the Mississauga Halton LHIN in a variety of ways are encouraged to contact Sharon Gretzinger at Sharon.Gretzinger@lhins.on.ca or by mail:
Patient and Family Engagement Coordinator
Mississauga Halton LHIN
2655 North Sheridan Way, Suite 140
Mississauga, ON L5K 2P8
Across Ontario, LHINs have established Health Professionals Advisory Committees. These committees are responsible for assisting the LHIN in carrying out its responsibilities by providing advice on how to achieve patient-centred health care.
Reporting directly to the LHIN CEO, this Committee provides the LHIN with advice on key questions raised by the LHIN related to strategic initiatives including the development and implementation of the Integrated Health Services Plan. Among the variety of areas of interest, the committee will specifically consider the following:
- Health status of demographic segments of the population specified by the Network
- Innovative approaches to health service delivery
- Utilization of human resources for health care
- Health promotion and wellness
- Other matters the committee determines and that are consistent with the objectives of the network
- Other areas the LHIN considers appropriate and specifies to the committee
Current HPAC Member
- Keith Adamson; Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers
- Dr. Sandeep Aggarwall; College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario
- Pat Bedford; College of Nurses of Ontario
- Dr. Alan Brown; College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario
- Keika Chang-Thompson; College of Dieticians of Ontario
- Dr. Patricia Cheston; College of Psychologists of Ontario
- Sylvia Daniel; College of Physiotherapists of Ontario
- MaryAnn Eldairy; Ontario College of Pharmacists
- Dilshad Kasam Lalani; College of Nurses of Ontario
- Lisa Brice-Leddy; College of Physiotherapists of Ontario
- Judi Montgomery; College of Nurses of Ontario
- Veronica Okpomor; College of Nurses of Ontario
- Dr. Devesh Varma; College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario
The Ontario Regulation made under the Local Health System Integration Act, 2006 states that each committee shall have at least the following 12 members:
- Four members of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario
- One who is authorized to practice in the area of family medicine and who practices in the community
- One who is authorized to practice in a specialty of medicine that is not family medicine and who provides care to in-patients in a hospital
- Two additional members
- Four members of the College of Nurses of Ontario
- At least one from each of the following sectors: hospital, community and long-term care and at least one of whom holds a certificate of registration for registered practical nurses
- One member of the College of Dietitians of Ontario who is from the hospital, long-term care or community sector
- One member of the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario or the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario
- One member of the Ontario College of Pharmacists who is from the hospital long-term care or community sector
- One member of the College of Psychologists or Ontario or the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers who is from the community, long-term care or mental health sector
The committee may also have three additional members who meet the membership criteria (below), but none of whom shall be a member of the College of Nurses of Ontario or the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario.
The Ontario Regulation made under the Local Health System Integration Act, 2006 establishes the following guidelines regarding membership:
To qualify as a member of the committee you must practice or reside in the geographic area of the LHIN and be one of the following:
- A member within the meaning of the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991,
- Registered as a drugless practitioner under Drugless Practitioners Act, or
- A member of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers who holds a certificate of registration for social
You may not be appointed a member of the committee if any of the following apply to you:
- You are a member of the board or an officer of a corporation or entity that represents the interests of persons who are part of the health sector and whose main purpose is advocacy for the interest of those persons
- You receive compensation to represent the interests of a corporation or entity described above, whether or not you are an employee of the corporation or entity
- You are a president, vice-president, chair, vice-chair, treasurer, secretary, chief executive officer or executive director of a local, provincial, national or international trade union or perform functions for a trade union similar to those normally performed by a person holding any of those titles
- You receive compensation to represent the interests of a trade union, except if you are an employee of the trade union
- You have been the subject of a finding of professional misconduct, incompetence or incapacity in Ontario or any other jurisdiction and the finding has not been set aside on appeal or judicial review, as the case may be
For more information about the Health Professionals Advisory Committees as defined under the Local Health System Integration Act, 2006, please click here.
Frequency of Meetings and Other Important Information
- Members are appointed for a two year term
- The committee will meet with the Mississauga Halton LHIN at least twice per year
- This is a volunteer opportunity; however, members will be reimbursed for travel and accommodation
- The committee is responsible directly to the CEO of the Mississauga Halton LHIN