The Elgin OHT is working to develop a better connected and more seamless healthcare experience for everyone in our community. Eventually, we will address the diseases/health conditions and challenges experienced by all members of our community. Initially, our work will focus on the following population groups:
- People with chronic diseases, starting with those experiencing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Compared to the provincial average, Elgin has more people who have COPD and are hospitalized because of their COPD.
- People with mental health, substance use health and addictions concerns. Compared to the Ontario average, Elgin has more people hospitalized because of drug- or alcohol-related challenges, and the situation is rapidly worsening. Mental health challenges are also common and increasing.
- People who do not have regular access to a primary care provider. Many residents of Elgin do not have a regular family doctor or nurse practitioner. Many others have difficulty accessing their provider because their provider practices outside of Elgin.
In addition, more people in Elgin are challenged to secure basic necessities such as food, housing, and clothing. We know this impacts their health and wellbeing significantly, The Elgin OHT is committed to collaborating across Elgin’s many system partners to help meet people’s physical, mental, social and emotional needs.