Top of Mind Newsletter

Top of Mind is your source for updates, news, and commentary on The Change Foundation’s projects and partnerships, as well as the patient and caregiver experience in Ontario.



Access the Fall 2017 issue below.

In this issue, read about the experience of creating an inventory of young carer programs and services, commentary on The State of Caring report from Carer’s UK, new insights into patient and caregiver engagement compensation, and exciting news about a new international partnership. This issue also features a message from our President and CEO Cathy Fooks. 

See current and previous articles below:

Burning Platform? Cracked Foundation? Either way, change is needed

Often, it takes a spark — a burning platform – to make transformational change in our healthcare system. When there’s a lack of a major crisis or tragedy, there’s often the lack of wherewithal or ability to upend the status quo. So I wasn’t surprised to hear how concerns about a failing social services system was “the burning platform” to integrate health and social services in a small town in England.

Unearthing the organizations that support young carers

Upon my arrival, I was tasked with creating a comprehensive list of the programs and services that exist in Ontario that support young caregivers. This inventory, which we hope will help guide young carers, their families and healthcare providers, is nearly complete, and we hope to have it released in November. 
Here are some of the things I learned through the process of building this resource and speaking with leading organizations across Ontario:

Changing CARE update: Summer 2017

Christa Haanstra, Executive Lead, Strategic Communications  Following the launch of the Changing CARE projects in early 2017, followed by a two-day intensive training on co-design by the UK’s Point of Care Foundation in late March, the teams have been working away, in partnership with caregivers, to build the foundation for change. All four projects have More >

Foundation staff update

Over the last few months we have welcomed several new members to The Change Foundation’s small and mighty team. Pierre Lachaine joined our Communications team in April as our Senior Communication Associate. Pierre is the primary communications liaison between all of our Changing CARE teams, and adds a strategic voice to the Foundation’s product launches, More >

Solving the integration puzzle

In our 2011 report, Winning Conditions to Improve Health Care, we predicted that it was “likely that some reorganization of LHINs and CCACs <would> occur.” From our perspective, we believed that reorganization would be “a huge opportunity to better align decisions and resources with priorities and purpose.” This opportunity is now here. As of June More >

Young Carers – The Invisible Population

The Change Foundation’s response to Kielburger article in the Huffington Post, “Forced to Grow Up Too Fast, Canada’s Young Carers Face Trauma,” shining a light on young carers.


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