Guide Your Health: Your Story, Your Future!

The North West LHIN launches a community engagement initiative


April 14, 2015 – The North West LHIN has launched a campaign entitled Guide Your Health: Your Story, Your Future, to encourage residents region-wide to help guide the future of health care in their communities and changes they want to see to make a difference in their health. The perspectives, experiences, and priorities gathered throughout the process will significantly contribute to the development of the North West LHIN’s next Integrated Health Services Plan (IHSP).


The IHSP is a plan that the North West LHIN relies on to make decisions about health system transformation, health service delivery and funding allocations. It also identifies priorities for improvements within the health system and guides the LHIN’s operations in Northwestern Ontario for a 3-year period. Since 2015-2016 marks the final year of the North West LHIN’s current IHSP, which spans from April 1, 2013 to March 31, 2016, the next IHSP will come into effect on April 1, 2016.


Guide Your Health: Your Story, Your Future kicks off on April 14 and will extend until June 30, 2015. There will be many exciting opportunities for the public, health service providers, and other sector partners to get involved. Watch for North West LHIN representatives at health fairs and community expos, where they will operate an interactive booth inviting attendees to leave their “footprint” on the journey to good health in the Northwest. In addition, the North West LHIN hopes to meet many individuals in person at one of its interactive community workshops hosted across the region. People can also take the conversation online and submit comments on the North West LHIN’s web or social media pages.


The North West LHIN anticipates that the upcoming initiative will strike a chord with many community members throughout the region. Laura Kokocinski, North West LHIN CEO, is quick to acknowledge the important role that local voices and knowledge play in shaping the plan. 


“We always look forward to engaging with communities across Northwestern Ontario, because we need them to tell us whether we’re on the right track,” she said. “The North West LHIN is passionate about ensuring the IHSP reflects the unique health needs and priorities of this region. The best way to do that is to hear directly from community members who live in Northwestern Ontario, whose understanding of and experiences with local health care we value as second to none,” she added.


Geraldton, Ontario, will be the first community engagement session of the campaign on April 17, 2015. Residents are encouraged to visit the Guide Your Health: Your Story, Your Future webpage to connect with the North West LHIN online, and to see the latest updates about each stop on the North West LHIN’s journey. We look forward to your participation!



Petronilla Ndebele

Director, Corporate Communications & Community Engagement

North West LHIN

807-684-9425 extension 2039

Jessica Backen

Corporate Communications & Community Engagement Consultant

North West LHIN

Tel. 807-684-9425 extension 2024