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.


CURRENT ISSUE: Summer 2017

Access the Summer 2017 issue below.

With a focus on integration and change, spring 2017 has been a busy time at The Change Foundation. This issue of Top of Mind features reflections on provincial caregiver organizations across Canada, as well as insights from President and CEO Cathy Fooks on health system integration. Learn more about a recent presentation to an international audience and update on our four Changing CARE projects. We’ve created an online space for the Foundation to respond to timely issues, including a response to a recent article in the Huffington Post Canada about young carers.

See current and previous articles below:

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.

Family caregiver spotlight: Family Caregiver Community of Interest

Catherine Monk-Saigal, Program and Communications Associate In each issue of Top of Mind, we profile the journey and stories of Ontario’s family caregivers –profiling organizations, groups and individuals taking action to improve the experience of family caregivers across the province, specifically in the health and community care system. Spearheaded by two dynamic and proactive caregiver More >

A bird’s eye view on young carers services in the U.K.

Catherine Monk-Saigal, Program and Communications Associate Early on in The Change Foundation’s year of listening and learning from family caregivers (2015-2016), young carers emerged as an often-overlooked group of caregivers. A focus on meeting the needs of young carers in a variety of settings will be integrated in our work with our four Changing CARE More >

Creating new linkages between the caregiver, the community and health care is essential

Genevieve Obarski, Executive Lead, Program Implementation  In January, February and March, The Change Foundation team had the privilege of traveling across Ontario to launch the Foundation’s four Changing CARE partnerships. Each launch event was an excellent showcase for each partnership, bringing together the family caregivers, patients, providers, and other community stakeholders that will be part of More >

Moving beyond recognition

In April, the spotlight was shining on family caregivers more than ever before. April 4 was Family Caregiver Day and a number of appreciation events were held to recognize the vital role families play in caring for a family member, friend or neighbour. In fact, for the first time ever, this day was recognized at More >


DYK: 29% of Ontarians are #caregivers? Read more in our report, A Profile of Family Caregivers: