The Centre for Family Medicine FHT Awarded REACH Funding

Congratulations to The Centre for Family Medicine Family Health Team eHealth Centre for Excellence, one of six successful public healthcare service provider organizations receiving the second round of REACH funding. REACH is a grant funding program delivered by the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) on behalf of Ontario’s Ministry of Government and Consumer Services. The program’s goal is to support Ontario healthcare provider organizations to adopt healthcare technology solutions to meet their high-priority needs.

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Announcing the Bright Lights 2017 Award Winners

AFHTO has named the winners of our annual Bright Lights Awards. These innovators have improved primary care by making the most of their resources, strengthening interprofessional collaboration, and building strong partnerships beyond their walls. This has resulted in better patient outcomes, better access, and better experience of care. Review committees made up of AFHTO members selected the winners from more than 70 nominations.

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Pharmacists Managing People with Diabetes in Primary Care: 10 Years of Experience at the Hamilton Family Health Team

Article published in the Canadian Journal of Diabetes (in press September 2017). Abstract Currently known: Pharmacist interventions can have a positive impact on the clinical outcomes of patients who have diabetes. New information: Primary Care Family Health Teams can be an excellent setting for pharmacists interested in providing collaborative diabetes care and to practice to their full scope.

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Kawartha North FHT Awarded Ontario Trillium Grant

Congratulations to Kawartha North FHT for earning an Ontario Trillium Grant over an 11-month period (August 2017 to July 2018) to build inclusive and engaged communities in the City of Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton County that tackle poverty reduction. This work continues the efforts of a joint Poverty Reduction Strategy Action Plan supported by the City of Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton County in 2012.

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Patients Struggling with Opioid Addictions Should Be Treated in Primary Care Settings

CTV News Article published July 19, 2017. Article in full pasted below. Sheryl Ubelacker, The Canadian Press TORONTO - A small proportion of Ontario doctors who treat people battling opioid addictions prescribe the majority of the medications used to treat the disorder, a study has found, raising concerns about the quality of patient care and access to therapy.

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Effectiveness of Group Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) in a Primary Care Setting:Study

Published in Behavioral Sleep Medicine, May 2017 Abstract Objective/Background: Primary care is where many patients with insomnia first ask for professional help. Cognitive-behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I) is the recommended treatment for chronic insomnia. Although CBT-I’s efficacy is well established, its effectiveness in real-life primary care has seldom been investigated.

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AFHTO "Bright Lights" Awards - nominations now open!

Calling all AFHTO Members to shine a light on your team’s accomplishments. Nominate an outstanding team or individual for a “Bright Lights” Award by July 26, 2017.

The “Bright Lights” Awards recognize leadership, outstanding work and significant progress being made to improve the value delivered by interprofessional primary care teams across Ontario. Select award recipients will receive an education grant valued at $3,000. “Bright Lights” Award recipients are:

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