Concurrent Sessions

E4 The Primary Care and Public Health Partnership in the NE LHIN: Integration to Improve Population Health

Theme 4. Strengthening partnerships

Presentation Details

  • Date: Thursday, October 26, 2017
  • Concurrent Session E
  • Time: 10:45am-11:30am
  • Room:
  • Style: Presentation (information provided to audience, with opportunity for audience to ask question)
  • 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, Representatives of stakeholder/partner organizations

Learning Objectives

  1. To demonstrate how applying the pillars trust can build a strong partnership among those who typically do not work together:  primary care, public health and the LHIN.
  2. To examine strategies to link the clinical work of primary care with the community based efforts of public health units to improve population outcomes


Primary care and public health share the goal of improving the health of all people, however they often operate independely of one another.   This initiative intentional brings togehter the unique role of the primary care team and the community based approach of local public health units and demonstrates one way to enhance  primary and secondary prevention efforts.  Preventing falls among older adults is a multifaceted problem requiring strong interdisciplinary partnerships at the local and regional levels.   A strong working partnership between primary care and public health benefits the patient by ensuring a more seamless system of screening, assessment and community intervention.  This model has promise for supporting work on other common health concerns.


  • Wendy Carew, Regional Coordinator Falls Prevention, NE LHIN
  • Shirley Watchorn, ED, Great Northern Family Health Team
  • Kerry Schubert-Mackey, Director, Timiskaming Health Unit