2015 - 2016 Annual Report
We are pleased to introduce you to the work of Lanark Renfrew Health & Community Services (LRHCS) through our 2015-2016 Annual Report. LRHCS is an umbrella organization created through the integration of Lanark Community Programs, North Lanark Community Health Centre and the Whitewater Bromley Community Health Centre. Together we play a vital role in helping individuals of all ages, from communities across Lanark and Renfrew Counties, live better lives. We do this by helping people in our rural communities have healthy babies and raise healthy children; learn how to navigate the system to access services they are entitled to (and be accessible when they want and need our support); get connected and supported when they are struggling with developmental disabilities or mental health issues; have ready access to primary and allied health care providers close to home; learn how to manage chronic or complex health and medical conditions (i.e. anxiety, asthma, autism, cancer, diabetes, hypertension, and speech and language difficulties); participate in group programs that help them learn new skills or refine existing skills to improve their own health and well-being; meet new and supportive friends, and get involved more actively in community life.
This past year, we have been especially busy responding to changes in provincial health and social service policies. These changes are intended to be transformational – to reduce health inequities, to address systemic barriers, to achieve better health outcomes, to safe-guard public funds, and to ensure a more seamless people-centred system for planning and delivering primary care, home care, community services and mental health and addictions services. The role of Lanark Renfrew Health & Community Services is to champion this change with our local, regional and provincial partners – and in so doing, we are actively involved in monitoring, participating, and advocating that the unique circumstances and needs of rural citizens and rural communities are addressed.
The implementation of provincial policy has already resulted in changes to funding models and accountability requirements by the Ministry of Community and Social Services and the Ministry of Children and Youth Services, the re-design of mental health and addictions services as prescribed by the Southeast LHIN, the continuation and development of Health Links, and the integration of Community Care Access Centres (CCAC) into the LHINs as part of the “Patient’s First” doctrine. The concept of rural Health Hubs and LHIN Sub-Regions will most likely result in additional changes in the near future.
As you read the stories in our Annual Report, you’ll see many examples of how LRHCS is already a champion for the health and well-being of rural residents and rural communities. We do it through the engagement and training of peer supporters with lived- experience of mental health challenges, the wildly popular and volunteer-led exercise classes for seniors, the intensive and skilled supports provided to children with speech and language or developmental delays and their parents, the lifechanging encouragement and information provided to people newly diagnosed with diabetes, or the adoption of an evidence-based memory clinic for our ageing population. Our staff, board and volunteers have been putting people first since we first opened our doors.
This coming year, we anticipate that we will be facing more changes and challenges as provincial policies and programs continue to develop. We also know we are able to rely on the same determined effort and ingenuity that our staff, board, volunteers, clients, participants, community supporters, organizational partners and funders have demonstrated in the past. We extend sincere thanks to all who believe in and contribute to our vision of a community that is healthy and just and supportive of all. We could not do it without you!
2015-2016 LRHCS Annual Report