Engaging Communities in Healthcare Change in Ontario: Mission Impossible?

A companion to the summary report from the March 2009 invitational symposium and workshop, Community Engagement & the LHINs: Truth & Consequences. Our commentary draws out the policy issues and implications emerging from what we heard and pulls out salient suggestions on how to support health service providers and the LHINs in enabling informed citizen participation in healthcare change across Ontario.
Community engagement is obviously not the single solution to improving healthcare, but The Change Foundation believes it is an essential ingredient in implementing change that is understood, accepted and supported in communities across the province. It is also clear that failing to engage people adequately about significant healthcare challenges or shifts in their communities is a recipe for resistance and a lost opportunity for open dialogue about change in healthcare. 

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