The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care is currently accepting applications for the fifth annual Minister’s Medal. The Minister’s Medal is open to health care partners and patients, families, and caregivers who are involved in collaborative initiatives or programs that emphasize putting patients first – through patient engagement, improved access to care, better coordinated care, information sharing and patient education.
The theme for 2017 is Patients as Partners, and focuses on the need to ensure that local priorities and health system issues are addressed in collaboration with the people they matter to most- patients, caregivers and their families. By highlighting the importance of partnering and collaborating with individuals with lived experience, the ministry is working to ensure patients’ voices are heard in health care decision-making at all levels.
In previous years, two medals have been awarded – one for teams working together to provide excellence in patient-centered care, and one for individual providers who have demonstrated dedication, vision and leadership in championing high quality patient-centered care. In addition to these awards, the ministry is introducing a new award category for 2017 that recognizes the important contributions of patients, families, and caregivers who have enhanced patient engagement within their communities.
Application templates are now available on the ministry website at http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/pro/programs/transformation/minister_medal.aspx. The deadline for submission to the LHIN offices is 5PM on August 8, 2017. Applications can be sent to Caitlin den Boer at Caitlin.denBoer@lhins.on.ca. Please marks as high importance and with ‘Minister’s Medal Application’ in the subject line. Should you have any questions about your application please contact Laurel Hoard at Laurel.Hoard@lhins.on.ca.