Participants will gain knowledge on the importance of population-based planning and an understanding of how to ensure that equity is incorporated into this planning. This will be discussed in the context of an equity-based population planning project that was just undertaken in the SW LHIN. Methods, results and actionable outcomes/strategies will be reviewed.
Characteristics of vulnerable populations will be discussed and clinical factors (physical and mental health) will be described. Geographical access based on various factors will be reviewed. Important gaps were mainly found in the rural areas of the SW LHIN. These gaps/risk factors included lower access to primary care providers, less access to team-based care and increased risk of primary care physicians retiring. People living in the lowest income quintile in the SW LHIN were often in the areas with the lowest accessibility to primary care providers.