LHIN Community Engagement Guidelines and Toolkit – February 2011

LHINs Engaging Their Communities.

Local decision making is the model on which the Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) are built - a model that values the input of local residents and health care professionals to the planning and decision making process. Community engagement is more than a legislative responsibility of LHINs - it is key to the way in which LHINs work.

As the LHINs have evolved, so has their practice in community engagement. Their shared experience has led to the development of standardized guidelines for community engagement for all LHINs, which are posted below. The guidelines complement the current practice of community engagement in the LHINs and will serve to further enhance their commitment to accountability and transparency.

Topics: Background/introduction, Capacity building, Comprehensive CE strategies, Evaluation/effectiveness, Goal setting, Issue identification/issue framing, Legal requirements, Planning – CE, Planning – health, Policy development, Principles, Research, Stakeholder selection

Techniques & tools: Committee/working group, Communication tools, Community development, Focus group, Framework/model/template, Stakeholder forum