Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network appoints Special Advisor on Health Equity

    TORONTO, Dec. 3 /CNW/ - Board Chair Mohamed Dhanani announced today the
secondment of Bob Gardner, PH.D., as Special Advisor, Health Equity, to the
Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) for a three-month
period, beginning December 1, 2007.
    "We are aware that there are inequities in access to health services
across the LHIN," said Mr. Dhanani. "The board has been committed to removing
access to care barriers in our LHIN since its Community Engagement Strategy
was first released in April 2006.
    This summer the board created a task force to explore the issue in detail
and find solutions. Dr. Gardner will help the board to develop the LHIN's
health equity framework, as a first step toward the creation of a local health
care system that is responsive to the needs of consumers."
    Dr. Gardner is Director of Policy and Research at the Wellesley
Institute, an independent non-profit research and policy institute working to
advance urban health and health equity through community-based research,
capacity building and policy development. Recently he has been leading
research and policy development on health equity, LHINs, community engagement
and other facets of health reform. He has been an academic, public sector
executive and consultant, and has been active for many years in HIV/AIDS,
reproductive health and other community groups.

    The Toronto Central LHIN health equity framework will serve as a guide to
decision-making at the LHIN and will assist health service providers in
formulating their own plans. In September, the board directed hospitals within
Toronto Central LHIN to prepare Health Equity Plans for submission to the LHIN
by October 1, 2008.

For further information:

For further information: Sandra Fawcett, Communications Specialist,
(416) 969-3281, Sandra.Fawcett@LHINS.ON.CA

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