What is a Family Health Team?

Why this approach makes sense

Family Health Teams are health care organizations that include a team of family physicians, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, social workers, dietitians, and other professionals who work together to provide health care for their community. Family Health Teams provide more service and a wide range of health options.

Family Health Teams ensure that people receive the care they need in their communities, as each team is set-up based on local health and community needs. They focus on chronic disease management, disease prevention and health promotion, and work with other health care organizations, such as public health units.

Since April 2005, 170 teams have been created across the province. It is expected that the 170 teams will improve access to health care for more than 2.7 million Ontarians. In August 2010 the government announced 30 more teams bringing the total number of Family Health Teams in Ontario to 200.

North Simcoe Family Health Team is one of 200 Family Health Teams that were created as part of the Ontario government’s plan to reduce wait times and improve access to quality health care for Ontario residents. Since opening our doors in 2007, we have strived to enhance the care that is provided to patients and families within our community by offering a variety of programs and services that support healthy living and overall wellness.

Can I use your programs?

In 2018 the North Simcoe Family Health Team was notified by the Ministry of Health & Long Term Care that funding will be increased to eventually allow services to be expanded to all residents in the community.  The expansion will be implemented using a staged approach.  Considerations such as spacing requirements, availability of new staff and responding to the priority needs of the community.  The Diabetes Education Program continues to be open to all community members.  Other programs and services, such as Mental Health, Dietitian Services and Nurse Practitioner Same Day Access will be expanded as staffing resources allow.

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