AFHTO has served as the forum for sharing FHT issues, concerns, and ideas, and formulating policy statements and recommendations to the government. The November 2009 FHT Leaders Retreat is an excellent example of collective idea-sharing and problem-solving: it achieved remarkable consensus on the most pressing issues for FHT success. The following March AFHTO board members met with the Health Minister’s staff and exchanged correspondence with Minister Deb Matthews. The Minister’s Office welcomes AFHTO as a credible advocacy voice for FHTs and will ensure on-going communications.
The Ministry’s Primary Health Care branch has committed to meet regularly. Our August meeting began to deal with our most pressing issues. Coming out of that meeting, we heard the Ministry’s commitment to:
AFHTO continues to participate in the Ministry’s FHT Action Group, together with representatives from other associations representing the various health professions working within FHTs. This, along with additional contacts by board members with other organizations, has enabled AFHTO to establish and nurture relationships with organizations such as the Quality Improvement and Innovation Partnership (QIIP), the Ontario College of Family Physicians, the Association of Ontario Health Centres and others.