Recap: March 11 MH Primary Care Network Interim Leaders Meeting 4

In the two weeks that have passed since the fourth Interim Leaders Meeting, so much about the way we do our work and lead our lives has changed, none more so than for the Primary Care physicians of the Mississauga Halton LHIN.

 

It has never been a more important for family physicians to feel connected to one another, to know there are others that understand what it feels like to be on the front lines, to have a true sense of community in these rapidly changing and uncertain times.

 

At their March 11th meeting, with the governance structure, nomination and election processes confirmed, the Interim Leaders turned their sights to the document that will guide how the MH PCN will exist and conduct business: the Constitution! A draft document was reviewed with those in attendance; all feedback will be synthesized, rolled up and changes made before the document is presented (alongside the newly elected Board of Directors!) at the next Community Meeting. The Interim Leaders also took time to discuss a Near Term Communications Strategy, which includes the MH PCN website! With help from Dr. Greg Van de Mosselaer, changes have been made to the existing website so that it is easier to use and reflects the new purpose and activities of the organization.  

 

PLEASE NOTE: In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the original date of Tuesday, March 31st for the next MH PCN Community Meeting has been pushed forward to Monday, May 25th.

 

Voting for the inaugural MH Primary Care Network Board of Directors is open to all family physicians in the Mississauga Halton area; voting opened on Tuesday, March 10th and continues through to 9:00pm on Wednesday, March 25th. Ten family physicians from different sub-regions across Mississauga Halton have put their names forward as candidates, click here to see their bios.There is still time to cast your vote!!  To access the Leadership Election ballot, click here

 

If you have any thoughts, concerns or questions, please forward them to mhprimarycarenetwork@gmail.com.

 

 

 

Vote for your MH PCN Leadership Team!

VOTING IS NOW OPEN to elect the Mississauga Halton Primary Care Network (MH PCN) leadership! By doing this, you are helping shape how this organization will represent and address the needs of primary care physicians across our region.

There are two types of leadership positions available on the Board of Directors: Board Chair (1 position) and Board Member (up to a maximum of 14 positions).

We have 10 primary care physicians who have put forward MH PCN Leadership Applications. These physicians come from diverse payment models and a broad range of geographic areas across Mississauga and Halton. To learn more about the nominees, please read their applications below!

Voting will be open between Tuesday, March 10th at 2:00 PM and Wednesday, March 25th at 9:00 PM. To cast your votes, please go to this link: MH PCN Leadership Voting Ballot

Here are your MH PCN Leadership Nominees (in alphabetical order):

1. Nominee: Adithi Naidu

Geographic Representation: S Etobicoke
PEM Representation: FHG
Applied Position(s): Board Member

Click here for a PDF of Dr. Naidu’s application.

 

2. Nominee: Ali Damji

Geographic Representation: Mississauga
PEM Representation: FHO-FHT
Applied Position(s): Board Member

Click here for a PDF of Dr. Damji’s application.

3. Nominee: Baldeep Chera

Geographic Representation: Mississauga
PEM Representation: FHO, non-FHT
Applied Position(s): Board Member

Click here for a PDF of Dr. Chera’s application.

4. Nominee: Carolyn Malec

Geographic Representation: Milton
PEM Representation: FHO-FHT
Applied Position(s): Board Member

Click here for a PDF of Dr. Malec’s application.

5. Nominee: David Daien

Geographic Representation: S Etobicoke
PEM Representation: FHO-FHT
Applied Position(s): Board Member

Click here for a PDF of Dr. Daien’s application.

6. Nominee: Greg Van de Mosselaer

Geographic Representation: S Etobicoke
PEM Representation: FHG
Applied Position(s): Board Member

Click here for a PDF of Dr. Van de Mosselaer’s application.

7. Nominee: James Ying
Geographic Representation: Halton Hills
PEM Representation: FHO, non-FHT
Applied Position(s): Board Member

Click here for a PDF of Dr. Ying’s application. 

8. Nominee: Michael Kates
Geographic Representation: Mississauga
PEM Representation: FHO-FHT
Applied Position(s): Board Member

Click here for a PDF of Dr. Kates’ application. 

9. Nominee: Richard Chen
Geographic Representation: Mississauga
PEM Representation: FHO, non-FHT
Applied Position(s): Board Member

Click here for a PDF of Dr. Chen’s application. 

10. Nominee: Sohal Goyal
Geographic Representation: NW Mississauga
PEM Representation: FHG
Applied Position(s): Board Chair, Board Member

Click here for a PDF of Dr. Goyal’s application. 

Recap: February 13 MH Primary Care Network Interim Leaders Meeting 3

On the eve of Valentine’s Day, the Interim Leaders for the MH Primary Care Network had more than chocolates and flowers on their minds… this was an important evening for decision-making about the organization’s new governance structure, membership criteria, and leadership election process (Feb – Mar). We will be announcing the formally elected leaders at our next Community Meeting on Tuesday, March 31st, so please come join us!

To access the full meeting presentation, please click on the following link:

At this meeting, a number of key decisions were made to help the organization get established enough to hold formal leadership elections, including:

  • Selected a Board of Directors as our governance structure: We selected a Board of Directors as the most appropriate governance structure for the organization based on our need to be representative across the diversity of primary care physicians in Mississauga and Halton, including different payment models and geographies. The Board would consist of one Board Chair and up to 14 Board Members, with the possibility of a Board-appointed Executive Committee (either within the Board or hired staff at a later date) to oversee day-to-day operations. Descriptions of these positions can be found at this link: Leadership Descriptions
  • Not incorporating at this point in time: We decided by a close majority vote that we will not incorporate at this point in time. The decision will be revisited as needed by the Board as the organizations grows and matures (a table summarizing elements of non-incorporated versus incorporated organizations was presented and discussed; this table can be accessed in the meeting presentation)
  • Representing only primary care physicians at this early stage: Although it was a close majority vote, it was decided that the organization would represent the collective voice of primary care physicians only (as a representative group is currently lacking), but may expand its scope to other providers at a later time
  • All 1000+ primary care physicians in Mississauga and Halton are considered members: By including all primary care physicians within our geography to be “general members,” everyone can vote in the inaugural leadership election! There was rich discussion about many aspects of membership, including the possibility of implementing tiered membership and dues at a later point to carry out critical network activities. Once the newly elected leadership is in place, these and other decisions will be finalized.

Now you’re probably wondering how the leadership application and voting process will work, right? Because you’re thinking these are exciting times for primary care to be getting organized, right? If you think this opportunity is a good fit for you, click here to complete the Leadership Application!

  • Applications will be accepted from Tuesday, February 25th at 9:00 AM to Monday, March 9th at 12:00 PM (noon)
  • The inaugural MH PCN leadership election will take place between Tuesday, March 10th at 9:00 AM and Wednesday, March 25th at 5:00 PM (a link to the voting site will be posted on the MH PCN website shortly)
  • All primary care physicians within the MH LHIN geographic boundary are eligible to apply for leadership positions, as well as vote in the first MH PCN election

If you have any questions or comments, please email: mhprimarycarenetwork@gmail.com

MH PCN Meeting Summaries and Community Updates: Follow Us on Our Journey!

Read about our journey to-date to renew the MH Primary Care Network in our meeting summaries and community updates below! If you have any questions, please send us an email at mhprimarycarenetwork@gmail.com.

 

 

 

 

 

Apply Now! MH PCN Leadership Applications Due Monday, March 9th at 12:00 PM

We are calling one and all primary care physicians in Mississauga and Halton to be involved in establishing our first leadership team of the Mississauga Halton Primary Care Network (MH PCN)!

Have you ever wished that you had a stronger voice in health care? Do you want more local educational opportunities? Do you need more support? By joining the MH PCN community and applying to be one of our leaders, you can be a part of shaping how this organization will address the needs of primary care physicians across our region.

 

 

 

MH PCN Overview

The MH PCN is a not-for-profit organization led by primary care physicians for primary care physicians in the Mississauga Halton region. An interim leadership group of 15 primary care physicians have come together since December 2019 to support the development of the MH PCN as a formal organization with elected leadership that can be representative of the broader primary care physician community.

A Board of Directors – comprised of primary care physicians, representative of all payment models and geographies across Mississauga and Halton – has been selected as the most appropriate governance structure for the MH PCN. There will be one Board Chair and up to 14 Board Member positions.

  • Descriptions of the leadership positions can be found here: Leadership Descriptions
  • To apply, please complete the Leadership Application online form here: Leadership Application Form
  • Applications will be accepted from Tuesday, February 25th at 9:00 AM to Monday, March 9th at 12:00 PM (noon)
  • The inaugural MH PCN leadership election will take place between Tuesday, March 10th at 9:00 AM and Wednesday, March 25th at 5:00 PM
  • All primary care physicians within the MH LHIN geographic boundary are eligible to apply for leadership positions, as well as vote in the first MH PCN election

If you have any questions or comments, please email: mhprimarycarenetwork@gmail.com

Our Why

  • Our goal is to build a strong physician community in primary care, to learn from and support each other in managing our clinics and providing the best care possible for our patients
  • We strive to be your single source of information, keeping you up-to-date on matters relevant to you and your practice in a timely manner
  • We aim to be inclusive and influential, as an independent regional voice for primary care physicians that advocates for the change we need in the new OHT environment and beyond

We are still early in our development, so come join the community and be a part of building the network with us – we look forward to hearing from you!

And please help us spread the word by sharing this opportunity broadly with your physician colleagues and networks. You can access a printable flyer here:

MH PCN One-Pager Summary February 2020

For more information on our journey so far, please see our meeting summaries accessible on the MH PCN website home page at: http://primarycarenetwork-mh.ca/

Recap: January 28 MH Primary Care Network Community Meeting

The enthusiasm and work continues for the Mississauga Halton Primary Care Network!

At the first Community Meeting for the renewed MH PCN on Tuesday, January 28th, 2020, Dr. Salesh Budhoo presented on behalf of the Interim Leaders the journey and work of the MH PCN to-date, and outlined the important decisions that remain to be made.

To access the full presentation, click on the following link:

Jan 28 Community Meeting Presentation

The presentation highlighted the vision, mission, values and 3-year strategic priorities that were drafted November to January through the MH PCN meeting activities. The rest of the meeting focused on gaining feedback from the broader community on how to define the MH PCN membership and the leadership election process.

In keeping with the spirit of co-design, attendees at the meeting broke out into small groups to consider the following:

1. What could be the benefits of membership in the MH PCN?

2. What would I be willing to commit to as a member?

3. What would the roles and responsibilities be for each type of member?

4. How would we recruit members?

5. What could the MH PCN do for me that is different from the OMA, OCFP or the Ontario Health Team (OHT) Physician Advisory Groups?

All of the rich feedback will be synthesized and presented to the Interim Leaders at their next meeting on February 13th. At this meeting, the Interim Leaders will finalize the MH PCN membership criteria, governance structure, and leadership election process.

This will allow MH PCN leadership elections to take place mid-late March, in advance of the second Community Meeting to be held on Tuesday, March 31st, 2020, 6:30-9:00 PM. Stay tuned for more information on the leadership elections and how to be involved!

At the March 31 Community Meeting meeting, we will be announcing the elected MH PCN leaders and also be receiving final feedback from the broader Primary Care community on the MH PCN 3-year strategic plan and constitution. Come out and have your voice heard!

Next steps:

1. Mark your calendars! Tuesday, March 31st, 2020 from 6:30pm to 9:00pm will be the next MH PCN Community Meeting and we want to see you there! Confirm your attendance through Eventbrite at this link.

2. It’s never too late to be involved with the PCN! Please answer this quick survey to let us know how you want to be involved (as a leader / advisor, or simply engaged / informed). 

3. Feel free to reach out to Bonnie Scott at bonnie.scott@lhins.on.ca with any questions, comments, or concerns. (The Mississauga Halton LHIN is providing interim administrative support to the MH PCN.)

Hope to see you at our next meeting!

Recap: January 15 MH Primary Care Network Interim Leaders Meeting 2

Happy New Year! It is the year 20/20, and some say it is the year of clear vision — and for the Mississauga Halton Primary Care Network, we are laying a clear vision for our road ahead!

On January 15, 2020, our MH Primary Care Network interim leaders met for their second meeting to discuss options for a future governance structure. To enable a rich discussion, a governance survey was sent to interim leaders to complete in advance of the session, and a panel + Q & A was organized where representatives from three different Primary Care organizations shared what has worked well and what needs to be improved within their organizations.

To access the PDF materials from the session, please click on the following links:

Panelists who generously offered their time and expertise were: Dr. Carolyn Malec and Dr. Michael Kates from the former MH Primary Care Network, Jessica Wooder from the Hamilton Academy of Medicine, and Dr. Thuy-Nga (Tia) Pham from the East Toronto Family Practice Network.

These panelists also offered to be contacted by anyone in the community who might have questions or want to learn more about their respective organizations. If so, please send an e-mail to Bonnie Scott at bonnie.scott@lhins.on.ca with your request.

At the end of the facilitated session, the group had reviewed the aggregated governance survey results (found in the presentation at link above), explored three different organizational models, and had a brief discussion on key themes. There was consensus on the need for a more formalized Primary Care organization with clear governance, accountability, policies, and procedures. However, it was unclear which mechanisms would be pursued to create this more “formal” group (e.g., incorporation, charitable status). Further information on benefits and drawbacks of the different options will be presented at the next Leaders meeting in early February for discussion.

It was also clear that to move forward on many of the governance decisions, the broader community needs to provide their feedback on key topics. These include “what services and benefits will the MH PCN provide?” and “how will we define our membership?”. These topics will be the focus of our Community Meeting on January 28th — we hope you can join us!

Next steps

1. WE NEED YOU! All of this work will be presented for your critical feedback at our next Community Meeting being held January 28, 2020, 6:00-8:30 PMTo register, please click on this Eventbrite link.

2. Let us know how you want to be involved with the MH PCN – it’s never too late to sign up! Would you like to advise the leadership group? Do you prefer to be an informed member? Click on this link to answer a quick, 3-question survey to indicate your preferred level of engagement. We have set a due date of January 31, 2020 for this particular survey so that you can get the most out of being involved at this early stage.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Bonnie Scott at bonnie.scott@lhins.on.ca (the Mississauga Halton LHIN is providing interim administrative support).

Recap: December 18 MH Primary Care Network Interim Leaders Meeting 1

The momentum continues!

On December 18, 2019, Mississauga Halton primary care providers who stepped forward to lead the establishment of the renewed MH Primary Care Network got together for their first meeting. At the end of the facilitated session, the group had co-designed vision, mission, and values statements as a foundation for the network’s strategy document to be drafted in January.

To access the PDF materials from the session, please click on the following links:

The group will meet again in mid January to develop the MH Primary Care Network’s 3-year strategic priorities, governance structure, and member services and benefits.

Next steps

1. All of this work will be presented as a draft document for feedback at our next Community Meeting being held January 28, 2020, 6:00-8:30 PM. To register, please click on this Eventbrite link.

2. Let us know how you want to be involved with the MH PCN – it’s never too late to sign up! Would you like to advise the leadership group? Do you prefer to be an informed member? Click on this link to answer a quick, 3-question survey to indicate your preferred level of engagement. We have set a due date of January 31, 2020 for this particular survey so that you can get the most out of being involved at this early stage.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Bonnie Scott at bonnie.scott@lhins.on.ca (the Mississauga Halton LHIN is providing interim administrative support).

Better still, join us on January 28th to speak with your Primary Care peers and include your voice in the discussion – we look forward to seeing you then!

Recap: November 26 MH Primary Care Network Co-Design Session

On Tuesday, November 26, a lively co-design session was held with over thirty primary care providers from across the Mississauga Halton region. The purpose of this session was to 1) bring together a broad and diverse group from our Primary Care community, 2) clarify what type of organization we wanted to build, and 3) begin laying the foundation for a new Primary Care organization (where are we going, what will we do, who will be involved). There was representation from all sub-regions across Mississauga Halton, as well as all physician payment models.

To access the PDF materials from the session, please click on the following links:

Our theme for the evening was “stronger together”, reflected in the animation previewed at the beginning of the session.  This helped set the tone for a different kind of meeting, where there was a focus on co-design, small group activities, and discussion.

3 key takeaways

1. At this time of fast-paced health system reform in Ontario, we agreed that there is a critical need for Primary Care to organize and have a strong collective voice. We need to look beyond the immediate disruption and play a proactive leadership role to shape the future of Primary Care in our region.

  • The majority of people attending decided that the best way to have the strongest voice was as a larger regional network, bringing together the entire Primary Care community from all sub-regions in Halton and Mississauga
  • People attending acknowledged that a larger regional network would have to co-exist with smaller groups of OHT-affiliated primary care providers that are being established to play a role in OHT governance and work with the OHTs on near-term implementation, as these new models of care are getting started
  • OHT update: Milton has an OHT application “in development” and both Connected Care Halton OHT and Mississauga OHT applications were approved in late November / early December; OHT start date is expected to be in spring 2020

2. We identified how each of us wanted to be involved in this network going forward by selecting from four categories on a ballot card: 1) Leading, 2) Advising, 3) Engaged, and 4) Informed.

3. Through a series of co-design activities, we laid the groundwork for a vision, a mission, and set of values for the Mississauga Halton Primary Care Network. This work will be used as key inputs for meetings planned in December and January with those that wanted to be involved as “Leading”. 

Next steps

1. If you want to be part of the Mississauga Halton Primary Care Network but were not able to attend the November 26 meeting, it’s never too late to sign up! To sign up, you need to select your level of involvement by clicking on this link and completing the following 3-question survey. We have set a due date of January 31, 2020 for this particular survey so that you can get the most out of being involved at this early stage.

2. Over the next few weeks, those who stepped forward as “Leading” will continue to build out the work from the co-design session and create a draft strategy document for the renewed Mississauga Halton Primary Care Network.  Click here to view the December 18 meeting recap where we further refined the vision, mission, and values as foundational statements for our network.

3. A draft strategy document will then be shared for feedback at our next Community Meeting being held January 28, 2020, 6:00-8:30 PM. To register, please click on this Eventbrite link.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Bonnie Scott at bonnie.scott@lhins.on.ca (the Mississauga Halton LHIN is providing interim administrative support).

What came before November 26

The November 26 co-design session was the third meeting this fall involving our Primary Care community (first one held September 24 and second one held October 22) to explore if and how we, as primary care providers, wanted to organize and strengthen our collective voice at a time when there is much change and transformation happening in the Ontario health care system.

On September 24, we discussed the fast-paced health system reform, including Ontario Health Teams (OHTs) being introduced by the provincial government, and how Primary Care might be impacted (click here for OMA resources on OHTs). We decided there was a need for Primary Care in our region to organize and have a collective voice.

On October 22, we reviewed our “burning platform” – the why – behind organizing Primary Care right now, as well as examples of how Primary Care has already organized 1) in our region (previous Mississauga Halton Primary Care Network), 2) across Ontario (Hamilton Academy of Medicine, East Toronto Family Practice Network), 3) across Canada (Albert Primary Care Networks), and 4) outside Canada (UK Hackney Primary Care Federation). Click here for the October 22 presentation. We agreed to go forward with a renewed Mississauga Halton Primary Care Network, however the distinct value of this regional network compared to the emerging Primary Care groups with OHT-affiliated providers was not clear and needed to be revisited at the November 26 meeting.

Thank you for taking the time to be updated and informed as we embark on this journey to create a strong collective Primary Care voice in the Mississauga Halton region!

 

How to Get Involved: MH Primary Care Network 2019-2020

How to Get Involved

We know that some of you have not been able to attend one of our meetings so far to shape the renewed Mississauga Halton Primary Care Network in 2019-2020. But we don’t want you to miss out! Everyone in our primary care physician community is encouraged to be involved in some way, whether it’s simply being informed and kept up-to-date, attending meetings and being engaged, advising on activities being planned, or leading our community and representing our voice across the region and province.

To tell us how you would like to be involved, please click on this link to answer a 3 question survey. We hope you complete this as soon as possible so that you can get the most out of being involved at this early stage.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at:

mhprimarycarenetwork@gmail.com.

We look forward to hearing from you!