Concurrent Sessions

AB2 Patient Medical Neighbourhoods in Primary Care: Expanding Access to Patient Medical Homes Across Ontario

Theme 2. Planning programs for equitable access to care

Presentation Details

  • Date: Wednesday, October 25, 2017
  • Concurrent Session A & B
  • Time: 2:30pm-4:15pm
  • Room:
  • Style: Panel Discussion (in addition to providing information, panelists interact with one another to explore/debate a topic)
  • Focus: Balance between both (e.g. Presentation of a best-practice guideline that combines research evidence, policy issues and practical steps for implementation)
  • Target Audience: Leadership (ED, clinical lead, board chair, board member, etc.), Clinical providers, Administrative staff, Representatives of stakeholder/partner organizations

Learning Objectives

  1. Determine how the PMH concept can be implemented in your team
  2. Identify tools and resources to support population-based planning with other practices in your PMH neighbourhood
  3. Determine the role a FHT can play in supporting the PMH neighbourhood concept.


The Patient’s Medical Home (PMH) was a vision developed by family physicians based on the principles of family medicine, evidence – including from Barbara Starfield, and the centrality of the relationship between a patient and their family physician working with a team of inter-professional healthcare providers in primary care. The Patient’s Medical Home (PMH) is an internationally recognized evidence-based vision for transforming primary care. It is a model to organize and deliver care that is: patient-centered, comprehensive, coordinated, based in continuous relationships, equitable and accessible, and is committed to data-driven improvement. Given the devolution of primary care to a region and population-based approach, the presentation will focus on how the Ontario College of Family Physicians is using the PMH to anchor a change management approach that will support practices within communities become Patient Medical Homes in Patient Medical Neighbourhoods. The OCFP established a PMH Advisory Committee with family physicians across all practice models. The presentation will describe the PMH strategy that ensures that no practice or patient is left behind as the PMH is implemented. The OCFP is working on a multi-pronged approach to develop a practical toolkit and undertaking work to develop partnerships, notably with AFHTO, to advocate for resources in primary care to address equity and patient access. Participants will learn about the tools to support PMH implementation in their practices and across communities with their teams and colleagues.


  • Dr. Elizabeth Muggah, Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine, Bruyere Academic Family Health Team, University of Ottawa, OCFP Board Member
  • Dr. Sundeep Banwatt, Primary Care Clinical Lead, Southwest Mississauga, OCFP Board Member
  • Dr. Mira Backo-Shannon, Vice President, Clinical, Mississauga Halton LHIN
  • Dr. Walter Wodchis, Principal Investigator, Health System Performance Research Network, and Faculty, Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto

Authors & Contributors