2014 - 2015 Annual Report
We are pleased to introduce you to the work of Lanark Renfrew Health & Community Services (LRHCS) through our Annual Report. LRHCS is an umbrella organization created through the on-going 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 health care 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 has been one of change both within our organization and within the health and social services sector. With new staff, new programs, new partners, new accountability requirements, new legislation, and new technologies, and without much new funding, we have stayed true to our mission: “Together we support people and communities in achieving and maintaining their best possible health and social well-being.”
Increasingly, we find ourselves needing to explain, define, and sometimes defend to funders and decision-makers the unique needs, challenges and opportunities presented in providing health and social services in our predominantly rural communities. Across the organization our advocacy efforts are being directed at ensuring rural residents receive appropriate and timely access to the help and services needed to achieve healthy outcomes.
We know we cannot do this alone. This past year we have made significant commitments of time and talent to a number of different partnerships in order to strengthen our impact. Lanark Community Programs has been actively involved in the Lanark Leeds Grenville Planning Table tasked with the “transformation” of services under “Ontario’s Special Needs Strategy”. The LLG Planning Table members work alongside representatives from each of four Ministries (Children and Youth Services, Health and Long-Term Care, Education, and Community and Social Services) to develop a coordinated and seamless service planning and delivery model for families and children in our region with multiple or complex special needs. Our Board Members and staff from both Community Health Centres are deeply committed to Health Links - an evolving partnership designed to transform the delivery of local health care services to best meet the needs of those vulnerable people with the most complex health conditions in our community. Health Links have the potential to transform the way health care is delivered resulting in better health care outcomes and a more efficient and effective use of health care resources. Already there are many examples of how Health Links, through the development of Coordinated Care Plans, have improved patient experiences, reduced hospitalizations, and improved health outcomes.
The stories in this report are just a starting point of the many successes we have had this past year. Aligned with our seven strategic priorities of excellence, poverty, mental health and addictions, integration, innovation, advocacy, and partnerships, these profiles provide a glimpse at the depth, breadth and scope of the work of LRHCS.
In this coming year, we will be facing more challenges to meet the needs of individuals and our rural communities. We know we can rely on the same dedication, ingenuity and determined effort that have been applied in the past by our staff, volunteers, clients, participants, community supporters, organizational partners and funders. 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!
2014-2015 LRHCS Annual Report (PDF)