Engaging Our Communities
Community engagement is an essential function and core value of the Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs), in alignment with the Local Health System Integration Act, 2006 (LHSIA). As the LHINs have matured, engagement planning and evaluation have become embedded in regular planning and project management processes.
To support both consistency and accountability in community engagement practices, the LHINs have developed revised Community Engagement Guidelines. These replace the 2011 Community Engagement Guidelines and Toolkit. The goal of the guidelines is to support LHINs as they engage, plan, and fund their local health care and service-delivery systems.
The guidelines include:
- Key LHIN engagement requirements
- The Triple Aim framework, which supports a population-health focus
- The International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) guiding principles
- Situational suggestions and principles
- Ways to identify documentation and evaluation components of engagement activity