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These six domains of health care quality guide everything we do, as we all work towards excellent care for all.

quality matters: excellent care for all

in this issue

Share Feedback on Three Draft Wound Care Quality Standards

Next Quality Rounds Ontario: Adopting Quality Standards in Mental Health

New Health Links Report and Webinar

Welcome Gene Szabo, New Co-Chair of our Patient, Family and Public Advisors Council

Dr. Joshua Tepper's 2016 Reflections

Video: Patient Advisor Lucie Allard Reflects

Quality Improvement Spotlight: An Exciting Collaboration in North Simcoe

2017/18 Quality Improvement Plan Guidance Materials

Supporting United Way

Quality Standards logo


Draft quality standards for wound care open for comment until January 9, 2017:

Please read, share and engage in thoughtful discussions about what quality care looks like


Health Quality Ontario CEO Dr. Joshua Tepper reflects on 2016:

"Moving from good to excellent in the delivery of quality health care is a journey that will never end – because better has no limit. But even continuous journeys have their roadmaps..."

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Dr. Joshua Tepper speaking at Health Quality Transformation 2016

Gene Szabo participating in discussion at a Patient, Family and Public Advisors Council meeting

Our Patient, Family and Public Advisors Council welcomes new co-chair Gene Szabo

Gene Szabo joins Kowsiya Vijayaratnam as co-chair of Health Quality Ontario's Patient, Family and Public Advisors Council. A big thank you to Claude Lurette, who is now stepping down as co-chair, for his dedication and contributions during the Council's inaugural year.

Interested in getting involved in Health Quality Ontario as a patient or caregiver advisor? We are expanding our Council membership and welcome individuals from underserved communities including new or recent immigrants and individuals from northern, rural Ontario.

Join our advisors network

See who our council members are

Group meeting to work on Quality Improvement Plans

2017/18 Quality Improvement Plans: Planning Materials

Getting started resources for 2017/18 Quality Improvement Plans:

Annual Memo on Provincial Priorities

Guidance Document

Indicator Technical Specifications

Find more Guidance materials

Quality Rounds Ontario

January 18, 2017
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

Join Dr. Philip Klassen, Vice-President, Medical Services for Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences, at our next Quality Rounds about the adoption of quality standards in mental health.

Attend in person, via OTN or webinar
Dr. Phil Klassen

Nurse checking patient's blood pressure at home

New in Health Links

Read our latest report to learn about the progress made by Health Links teams across the province.

Save this date! On January 25, join our Health Links Community of Practice webinar to hear a lively and informative discussion on “Implementing Innovative Practices”.

read the report

add this webinar to your calendar

Lucie Allard

Video: Patient Advisor Lucie Allard Reflects

Lucie Allard shares her thoughts and reflections on patient engagement with remote and underserviced populations following our Patient, Family and Public Advisors Council meeting in Northwestern Ontario.

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Two logo: Georgian Bay General Hospital and North Simcoe Community Health Link

Quality Improvement Spotlight: A Winning Collaboration

A team showcasing collaboration between Georgian Bay General Hospital and the North Simcoe Community Health Link won the Abstract of Distinction at our annual conference Health Quality Transformation 2016. The partnership approach improved outcomes and reduced costs for their Health Links population.

Find out more

Youth group at a United Way partner organization

Supporting United Way

Our team at Health Quality Ontario spent a fun-filled week raising funds for the United Way to support people living in poverty. We raised over $12,000 in just one week!

Building an equitable health system is complex. Yet issues often fall outside the walls of the health care system. The United Way is one key partner who reaches across sectors and communities to help people living in Ontario to reach their full potential.

Learn about the United Way

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We appreciate it when you share our work on social media, and always make every effort to engage with you both online and offline. Here are some recent social media highlights:

@ThornhillPB: Patients still waiting too long to see ER doctors: Health Quality Ontario #Thornhill #News  #parkbenchnews

@anetto: We have an opportunity now. Caregivers are part of public discourse. Researchers helping caregivers to have voice. @HQOntario @TheChangeFdn

@NorthEastLHIN: Are you interested in helping to improve the quality of health care across Ontario? @HQOntario

@InstCdnJustice: Well done! @HQOntario @DrJoshuaTepper Seriously well done! Inclusion comes in many forms #WeCare abt…

@OntarioShores: Quality Standards 4 #depression #schizophrenia #dementia will improve care writes Dr. Klassen #MindVine @HQOntario

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