Charting a New PATH

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Partners Advancing Transitions in Healthcare (PATH) was a truly groundbreaking initiative for The Change Foundation (TCF) and for the health care community in Ontario. PATH was one of two showcase engagement projects that formed the basis of TCF’s work and learnings between 2010 and 2015, based on our Hearing the Stories. Changing the Story. strategic plan.

Developed in partnership with the west Northumberland community, PATH was a made-in-Ontario patient engagement project that aimed to create an environment conducive for patient engagement at every level of the local health care system. This meant working alongside and truly integrating patients and family caregivers into the west Northumberland health care fabric. This work couldn’t have been done without the many volunteers and committed organizations in west Northumberland. To them, we say thank you.

Charting a New PATH is a three-part report that describes what TCF has learned as participants in, and funder of, the PATH project. The reports describe the process of developing the PATH proposal and overall project, and the overall lessons we learned working with patients, family caregivers, and providers throughout the project. We have reflected on the major achievements, the unexpected opportunities, as well as which of our ambitions weren’t fully realized. PATH was an extreme learning and growing opportunity, and it’s in that spirit that we present our findings.

We believe our reflections on commentary can help inform the work of others in the health care sector who are currently carrying out patient engagement activities in their organizations, communities, or regions.

Reports and Related Products

PATH Project Partners

In addition to the seniors and family caregivers involved in the PATH project, The Change Foundation also acknowledges the important work of the 12 project partners involved in PATH.

Central East Community Care Access Centre Northumberland Hills Hospital (NHH)
Central East Local Health Integration Network NHH Community Mental health Services
Community Care Northumberland Northumberland YMCA
Golden Plough Lodge (long term care home) Palisade Gardens Retirement Residence
Health Systems Performance Research Network Patients Canada
Northumberland Family Health Team QoC Health


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