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Title: Rural Wellington Health Link
Author: Croft, Tracey; Mann, Elsa; Trivers, Susanne; Armstrong, Karen
Abstract: Across Ontario, 5% of patients account for two-thirds of health care costs. This 5% encompasses those with multiple chronic diseases, mental health issues and substance use, low income/poverty levels and few social supports. This population often uses a variety of services, from primary care to the hospital emergency department, first responders to outreach workers, community housing to mental health, and food banks to community groups. These organizations are not equipped to meet all these complex needs effectively by themselves, and are not coordinated with each other. As a result, this population often cannot meet the requirements of programs that might have helped them, and struggles with programs with standardized practices or with those that ask people to self-manage. The consequences are often negative and tragic, for patients as well as service providers. The cost to patients, and to the human services system that attempts to support them, is becoming overwhelming. However, when these services work as a team, the patient receives more harmonized and focused care. Health Links is a way of supporting the design of a coordinated care plan for those residents in need, and is based on residents’ priorities. Currently, there are 82 approved Health Links across 14 Local Health Integration Networks. This presentation tells the story of the Rural Wellington Health Link Project, the work of the Rural Wellington Community Team and its role with the Health Links population.
Description: Poster was part of 'What We Know' display, held on March 1, 2017 at the Quebec Street Mall in Downtown Guelph. At 'What We Know,' the Community Engaged Scholarship Institute brought together 50 posters featuring diverse research on Guelph and Wellington from community organizations, municipal staff, faculty and students. Topics included feral cats, farmland loss, food waste, the wellbeing of children and more - all specific to Guelph and Wellington.
Date: 2017-03-01
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