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AFHTO welcomes Ontario’s focus on family and community care

Primary care is fundamental to the health of patients and our health system. Family Health Teams have been working hard to innovate, to improve care, and from that, to improve health. For this reason, AFHTO is pleased to see the Ontario Government is placing “Family Health Care at the Centre of the System”.

AFHTO response to Globe and Mail comment about FHTs

On January 17, Globe and Mail columnist Adam Radwanski wrote about the upcoming MOHLTC-OMA negotiations, focusing on costs and value for money (echoing the Auditor General of Ontario’s report). Unfortunately he used the term “family health team” when he was refering to physicians in capitated models in his statement, “The province will continue trying to get more family doctors away from fee-for-service.

Progress in developing AFHTO’s infrastructure

AFHTO is pleased to announce that it will soon reach another of its objectives from the 2011-13 Strategic Plan – to have a full-time Executive Director, at least one additional staff member, and an office.  On February 1 AFHTO will move into shared office space on College Street in Toronto, close to Ontario government offices and many of the other associations and agencies with whom we collaborate.

AFHTO’s submission to Drummond Commission on Broader Public Sector Reform

AFHTO was invited to present to the Commission on Broader Public Sector Reform, chaired by economist Don Drummond and announced in the 2011 Ontario Budget speech last spring.  The Commission is to report in early 2012, in time to inform development of Government’s 2012-13 Budget, on its mandate to examine long-term, fundamental changes to the way government works including:

Registrations now being accepted for Wave 4 of HQO's Advanced Access and Efficiency for Primary Care

AFHTO is pleased to support Health Quality Ontario’s (HQO) Learning Community Wave 4 in Advanced Access and Efficiency for Primary Care.  I'm writing to let FHTs know about an upcoming opportunity to participate in this valuable learning experience. An important goal for a clinic implementing advanced access is that patients calling to schedule a visit are offered an appointment with their provider on their day of choice, which may be the same day or a prebooked appointment for a future day .

Walk to Wellness

2011 AFHTO conference presentation PRESENTER (S): Heather Hadden, BSc Phm FHT/ORG: Credit Valley FHT ABSTRACT: The Credit Valley Family Health team works with many patients who have chronic disease states. These include but are not limited to Diabetes, COPD, Asthma, Hypertension, Obesity, Arthritis and Osteoporosis. Many of these patients do not lead an active lifestyle and do not meet the Canadian recommended requirements for daily activity.