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Brock CHC’s quarterly newsletter, Health Connections, features current health themes of interest to residents of Brock Township, provides up-to-date information about Brock CHC and brings you helpful information about health and social issues.

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Durham North East Health Link

The first Health Link in the Central East Local Health Integration Network was established in 2012 in Peterborough.  Since then, additional Health Links in the region have been announced beginning in September 2013 with the Durham North East Health Link.  Brock CHC is one of several organizations participating in the Durham North East Health Link which is still in early stages of implementation.  This new Health Link focuses on residents and services in the municipalities of Brock, Scugog, Uxbridge, Oshawa and Clarington.

Health Links in Ontario were initiated by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care in 2012 with LHINs given the responsibility to implement them.  Currently there are over 37 Health Links in Ontario.  These Health Links are focusing on key health conditions, such as:  heart failure; chronic obstructive pulmonary disease; myocardial infarction; stroke; hip fracture; cancer; end of life; pneumonia and urinary tract infections.

Health Links are intended to focus on improving the coordination and fragmentation of community health care to individuals who have complex health problems and who are at high risk.  These individuals compose 5% of the population in Ontario but account for 65% of the health care spending.

The Health Links currently under development in the Central East LHIN are:   Haliburton and City of Kawartha Lakes; Northumberland; Durham West; Scarborough North; and Scarborough South.

The key organizations involved in the Durham North East Health Link have been meeting for several months and have completed the necessary readiness assessment and business plan.  Some of the key outcomes expected of the Durham North East Health Link are:

Community Health Services Integration

The Central East LHIN Board of Directors, at its meeting in Pickering on March 27th, 2013, made a series of decisions pertaining to the “Community Health Services (CHS) Integration Plan (Durham Cluster)”, released on February 12th, 2013.  The LHIN-facilitated CHS Integration process began in the Durham Cluster in April 2012 involving ten organizations.  The organizations involved include:  Brock Community Health Centre; Oshawa Community Health Centre; The Youth Centre; Community Care Durham; Durham Hospice; VON; Faith Place Support Services; Oshawa Senior Citizens Centre; Sunrise Seniors Place; and Durham Region Adult Day Programs.

The CE LHIN Board’s decisions impacted all organizations involved in some way.  A series of motions were passed supporting the proposed integrations that were voluntarily agreed to.  These are as follows:

For proposed integrations that were not voluntarily agreed to by the organizations involved, the LHIN Board passed motions requiring LHIN staff to undertake further analysis and make recommendations to the CE LHIN Board at its next meeting in April.  These proposed integrations were as follows:

Of direct interest to Brock CHC, the CE LHIN Board’s decision pertaining to the Durham North Zone was as follows:

“Be it resolved that the Central East LHIN Board of Directors does not oppose the proposed integration to create a “Durham North Zone” partnership and strategic alliance between Brock Community Health Centre, Community Care Durham, VON for Canada (Ontario Branch, Durham Region Site) and the Regional Municipality of Durham, Social Services Department (Long-Term Care and Services for Seniors) as set out in the Integration Plan for Community Health Services Integration-Durham Cluster, Group 1, dated February 12, 2013.

Further, Brock Community Health Centre, as lead for the initiative, is directed to ensure a partnership agreement is in place and signed by the partners by May 1, 2013 and to develop a strategic plan for the LHIN funded services by August 2, 2013.  Brock Community Health Centre is required to report back to the Central East LHIN Board at its August 2013 meeting on the key elements of the partnership agreement, the strategic plan and how the plan will be operationalized”.

Brock CHC immediately initiated discussions with Community Care Durham, VON and Durham Region (Adult Day Programs) as the first step in development of the partnership and strategic alliance anticipated for the Durham North Zone.

Brock CHC Welcomes New Members

As a non-profit organization, Brock Community Health Centre (Brock CHC) is governed by its membership.  Members have full voting rights at General Membership Meetings and at the Annual General Meeting.  Members will receive regular communications about the Centre and have many opportunities to contribute to the health services being developed for the residents of Brock Township. Members are eligible for nomination and election to the Brock CHC Board of Directors if they choose.

If you are interested in being a member of Brock CHC, please complete the Membership Application Form and submit it to the address on the form.  Members must be 18 years of age or older, reside or work in Brock Township, or receive care from Brock Community Health Centre.