Concurrent Sessions

B4 An Opportunity to Collectively Lead – A Rural Collaborative of Primary Care Leaders

Theme 4. Strengthening partnerships

Presentation Details

  • Date: Wednesday, October 25, 2017
  • Concurrent Session B
  • Time: 3:30pm-4:15pm
  • Room:
  • Style: Panel Discussion (in addition to providing information, panelists interact with one another to explore/debate a topic)
  • Focus: Practical (e.g. Presentation on how to implement programs and/or practices in the team environment)
  • Target Audience: Leadership (ED, clinical lead, board chair, board member, etc.)

Learning Objectives

This panel presentation is intended to present a concept that we have been working on at the leadership level across many partnering organizations. Our Rural Island Health Care Collaborative

  1. Can we as leaders from our various organizations come together and articulate a Common Cooperative Vision, as a shared pathway for improving local health care services for indigenous people and non-indigenous people?
  2. “Does this align with your values, your organization’s Strategic Directions, and is this best for Patient Care?”
  3. If you put the patient first you can coordinate primary care and acute care with all your rural health care partners.
  4. Please take these points away, think about them, discuss them amongst yourselves as Board Members, Directors, Community Partners in Primary Care.


With so many of our organizations at local, regional and provincial levels, we gathered the right partners to join a Manitoulin Island Health Care Collaborative. Our 13,000 patients/community members living on the island live in 7 first nations’ communities, 3 of the long term care homes, and are 64 rural communities. Therefore in order to provide population-based patient care in a complex environment, forging new partnerships and strengthening current ties was necessary. This collaboration highlights how primary care teams can do so, whether it is with social and community organizations or through LHIN sub-region collaboration, to provide island wide services. We will demonstrate how the Manitoulin Island Health Care Collaborative was established. We will highlight our common goals that brought us together. We will address some of the rural challenges in partnering and how they were implemented. We will share with the group the steps the Collaborative has taken, in various areas of shared care initiatives such as programs, preventative care, chronic disease management, increasing access and sharing resources.


  • Sandra Pennie, Executive Director, Assiginack FHT, (Manitowaning)
  • Judy Miller, Executive Director, Northeastern Manitoulin Family Health Team, (Little Current)
  • Lori Oswald, Executive Director, Manitoulin Central FHT (Mindemoya)
  • Pam Williamson, Executive Director, Noojmowin Teg Health Centre ,AHAC, Aundeck Omni Kaning First Nation

Authors & Contributors