Concurrent Sessions

F1 Understanding Health Inequities and Access to Primary Care in the South West LHIN

Theme 1. Planning programs and fostering partnerships for healthier communities

Presentation Details

  • Date: 10/18/2016
  • Concurrent Session F
  • Time: 11:45am – 12:30pm
  • Room: Pier 4
  • Style: Presentation (information provided to audience, with opportunity for audience to ask question)
  • Focus: Research/Policy (e.g. Presentation of research findings, analysis of policy issues and options)
  • Target Audience: Leadership (ED, clinical lead, board chair, board member, etc.), Representatives of stakeholder/partner organizations

Learning Objectives

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.


  • Jennifer Rayner, Research and Evaluation Lead, Association of Ontario Health Centres
  • Andy Kroeker, Executive Director, West Elgin CHC