CorHealth Ontario’s (CorHealth) inaugural 2017-22 Strategic Plan made a commitment to ensuring that
and families would be partners and key advisors in helping shape cardiac, stroke and vascular care services
in Ontario. As patients and families have been involved in several CorHealth initiatives to date, CorHealth
excited to introduce a more formal Patient & Family Engagement Strategy for the organization.
Patient and Family Designed
Through collaborative consultations with patients, families and healthcare experts, CorHealth has developed
a Strategy which provides insightful recommendations and tactics to actively engage patients and families in
the work we do.
The development of the CorHealth Patient & Family Engagement Strategy was patient led. The first Patient &
Family Engagement Strategy workshop was held on September 20, 2018, chaired by Mr. Michael McCormick from
the Ontario Renal Network. 5 patient and family advisors came together with CorHealth for the purpose of
creating a Strategy that first and foremost, reflects the ideas of patients and families, their advice and
any additional considerations they may have for successful future implementation.
Key findings, such as incorporating a variety of approaches for engagement and early patient engagement in
the work we do, drove the development CorHealth’s recommendations and plan for strategy implementation.
As a result of our consultations and the direction provided by patients, families and healthcare experts, the
following five recommendations will provide the path forward when engaging patients and families as partners
and key advisors, helping CorHealth shape cardiac, stroke and vascular care services in Ontario:
Develop a diverse pool of Patient and Family Advisors for CorHealth with previous Patient and Family
Ensure Patient and Family Advisors are included on task groups and they are engaged early in the project
Evaluate engagement opportunities for Patient and Family Advisors on current/active CorHealth task
Empower patients and families to effectively engage with CorHealth
Provide CorHealth staff and stakeholders with training and tools to support effective patient and family
With the shared advice and guidance from our executive team, Leadership Councils and Clinical Advisory
Committee, CorHealth Ontario’s board of directors approved the Patient & Family Engagement Strategy during
the board meeting that took place on February 27, 2019. CorHealth along with patient and family advisors,
are looking forward to rolling out the Patient and Family Engagement Strategy.