The Durham North Zone (DNZ) Partnership submitted a report to the Central East LHIN in April 2014 outlining the progress that has been made since the Partnership was formed. The report also included the priorities for 2014-15. A further report will be submitted to the Central East LHIN in October 2014 and December 2014.
The Durham North Zone was established in March 2013 as a result of the decision of the Central East LHIN regarding the Community Health Services Integration Plan (Durham Cluster), released in February 2013. The Partnership came into existence formally in June 2013. The Central East LHIN endorsed the DNZ’s Strategic Plan in September 2013.
The organizations involved in the Durham North Zone are: Community Care Durham (CCD); Victorian Order of Nurses for Canada (VON), Ontario Branch; the Regional Municipality of Durham (Adult Day Programs); and Brock Community Health Centre (Brock CHC). Brock CHC was designated the lead organization in the partnership.
The Partnership envisions a Durham North Zone in which health care access for local residents will be provided as close to home as possible, in which those in greatest need will receive coordinated care and support and in which those at highest risk will receive the assistance required. A collaborative and client focused approach based on evidence and best practice and rooted in the promotion of health and wellbeing will build a healthier north Durham Region.
Progress reported to date includes the following highlights:
Implementation of new exercise classes and falls prevention classes in community-based locations in Brock Township;
Strategies are being developed on how best to meet the rural health needs of north Durham Region residents;
Research has been completed on transportation options for rural communities;
Two of the DNZ partners (CCD and Brock CHC) are participating in the Durham North East Health Link;
Increased availability of educational material for care of seniors/frail elderly using traditional methods and technology has been realized;
Initial discussions have taken place toward coordinated client assessments;
Brock CHC’s Capital Project has completed planning which will include space for Community Care Durham in the new building;
Barriers to access to services have been identified; and
The DNZ co-sponsored the very successful conference entitled “Healthy Rural Communities: Join the Dialogue on Mental Health and Addictions” in October 2013 in Cannington.
The Durham North Zone partners are committed to the following priorities for 2014-15:
Expanded falls prevention classes and exercise classes for residents of Brock Township and surrounding areas;
Implementation of community-based falls prevention maintenance classes.
Further review and refinement of the current DNZ goals to ensure alignment with the DNZ’s five strategic directions;
The development of specific targets and measurements which will be incorporated into a balanced scorecard tracking progress towards the targets;
The strategic directions and progress achieved will continue to be communicated broadly in the municipalities of Brock, Scugog and Uxbridge; and
Progress made on achieving the strategic directions will be reviewed and amended near the end of 2014-15.