North East LHIN’s health system planning and funding functions are now part of Ontario Health, a government agency responsible for ensuring Ontarians continue to receive high-quality health care services where and when they need them.

Quality Care in the North East

Equity in health care means that everyone has access to the same high standard of care no matter where they live, what they earn, or what language they speak. The ultimate goal of aligning the quality agenda with the needs of Northerners is to create a culture of quality that enables improved patient outcomes and health care experience.

We working to improve the overall health status of Northerners through work on quality initiatives with representatives from all funded sectors, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Long-term Care, Ontario Health, Ontario Hospital Association, front-line providers, and patients and caregivers.

Quality Health Standards from Health Quality Ontario

Introducing the IDEAS QI Primer


The IDEAS QI Primer is 3-4 hours of self-paced, interactive, online learning.  Participants will observe a healthcare improvement project and understand foundational quality improvement (QI) tools and concepts.

After completing the IDEAS QI Primer, participants will gain an awareness of:

  • Principles of quality improvement for healthcare.
  • Quality improvement aims in accordance with the Model for Improvement (MFI).
  • Sources of the change ideas and the application of PDSA in accordance with the MFI.
  • The application of measurement in accordance with the MFI.
  • Roles on a quality improvement project team.

For more information, click here.

Northern Ontario Health Equity Strategy

The Northern Ontario Health Equity Strategy has been developed to identify the greatest health disparities and help remove barriers. Informed and inspired by an in-depth multi-faceted engagement process with individuals representing nearly 150 organizations and more than 300 participants in the North, the Strategy sets out key actions for change. These actions will develop planning at the regional level to help support locally-appropriate approaches to improving health equity for communities across Northern Ontario. Click here to read the strategy.

From Inspiration to Action Forum - November 16, 2017

On Thursday November 16th,2017 the North East LHIN and Health Quality Ontario hosted an evening to celebrate ideas that have helped to change the delivery of quality care across Northeastern Ontario. The first INSPIRATION to ACTION forum was an opportunity to share and celebrate the stories of innovators in the health care field and learn about how they grew ideas into lasting system changes.

For those who were unable to attend the event in person, a video of the forum’s proceedings is available! Get inspired by the great ideas and by the people who are creating change to improve quality care in northeastern Ontario. The approximate timings for the forum’s presenting speakers are listed below:

  • Dr. Joshua Tepper, Health Quality Ontario (0:07)
  • Dr. Amanda Hey, Northeast Cancer Centre (16:10)
  • Dr. Yves Raymond, Timmins Family Health Team (38:00)
  • Mariette Sutherland, Sudbury and District Health Unit (1:02:58)

North East Quality Matters Newsletter

To improve patient outcomes and health care experience, the North East LHIN wants you to be part of a North East quality network that is informed of best practices in quality health care. This newsletter, along with materials found on our website, will help keep you informed of NE LHIN and HQO efforts on this priority.

North East Regional Quality Table

Through the establishment of a Regional Quality Table, HQO and the North East are collaborating to advance clinical quality in a coordinated way that supports improvement to patient care. Dr. Dhatt will chair the Regional Quality Table.

The Regional Quality Table will focus on quality challenges and initiatives. It will align regional and provincial strategic directions and will play an instrumental role in implementing quality plans that drive both system improvements and patient’s health care experience. Click here for a list of Regional Quality Table members.

For information, please contact Jennifer Osesky, Quality Lead Officer, at or 705-910-0437.

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