Your BAOHT Bulletin for February 2024

Stay informed and connected with us! Committed to supporting patients, families, caregivers, and health partners, we provide the latest insights, resources, and community highlights.

BAOHT focused on improving Indigenous inclusion

The Barrie and Area Ontario Health Team (BAOHT) has engaged Cambium Indigenous Professional Services (CIPS) to conduct a comprehensive situational assessment of Indigenous Cultural Safety Training within partner organizations. The objective of this work is to understand the needs and gaps in the OHT spaces and develop an action plan for improvement.

To-date, CIPS has successfully facilitated two sessions with BAOHT partners as part of the assessment phase, with the third and final session taking place next week. The second phase will involve using the collected data to facilitate a truthing exercise with Indigenous healthcare practitioners and patients. This exercise is pivotal in ensuring that the perspectives and voices of Indigenous communities are effectively incorporated throughout the strategic development process. The culmination of this collaborative effort will involve the synthesis of insights gathered from the assessment engagements and truthing exercise, leading to the formulation of the comprehensive five-year plan for Indigenous Inclusion that we will work with our partners to implement.

Good Foot Forward promotional materials available now!

To help spread the word to our community about the Good Foot Forward program, members of the Lower Limb Preservation working group are excited to share some new promotional materials.  We hope you will post or share this content where you are able to – this could include on your organization’s social media pages, in a client newsletter or on your website.

Ontario Health recently shared that the BAOHT went from being the underdog to the trailblazer overnight. Ontario Health has asked to share our marketing materials with other demonstration programs who are trying to learn from our success. The Good Foot Forward Program offers foot care at no cost to the client. People who are eligible include people with Diabetes or Peripheral Arterial Disease and don’t have the access to foot care services (no private health insurance, and no ability to pay privately).

Informational Poster
Click here to download the poster with all clinic locations and operating hours.

Promotional Video
Click here to access the video on YouTube.

Barrie and Area OHT working with Long-Term Care Partners to Spring into Wellness!

Representatives from the Barrie and Area OHT will be set up with three vendor tables at Victoria Village’s Spring into Wellness Fair on Tuesday, March 12.

The event will provide an opportunity for the BAOHT to share important updates about existing programs, engage with community members and recruit for new Patient Family Caregiver Partners. To view and/or share the event poster, click here. If you plan on attending the event, please be sure to stop by the BAOHT tables and say ‘hello’!

BAOHT attends the 14th annual Indigenous Health Forum

Representatives from the BAOHT and Good Foot Forward program had the honour of presenting at the 14th annual Indigenous Health Forum, Indigenous Health in Indigenous Hands, on February 27 and 28. Over 150 health care leaders and providers attended the event which offered the BAOHT the opportunity to share details on the Good Foot Forward program. Leaders who attended the Forum shared that it was an incredible day of learning.

Lisa Rhodenizer, Project Management Lead, BAOHT, and Wendy Achacoso, RPN, Foot Care Nurse, Good Foot Forward, shared information and giveaways at the Forum on Feb. 28
Presenting on behalf of the Barrie and Area OHT to attendees at the IHF were Kristin Monague, Indigenous Health System Transformation Specialist, Mamaway Wiidokdaadwin, BANAC; Suzanne Kings, Implementation Lead, BAOHT; Ben McIsaac, Manager, Adult Ambulatory Medicine and Innisfil Wellness Clinics
Update from the January 29 Ontario Health e-Bulletin

Download the new Health811 promotional toolkit

A promotional toolkit for Health811, which includes ready-made social media imagery, digital screen content and posters, is now available for partners to download to help promote greater awareness of Health811.

As a reminder, Health811 is a free, secure and confidential service Ontarians can call or access online 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to receive health advice from a registered nurse, locate local health services and find trusted health information. Ontarians can call 811 (TTY: 1-866-797-0007), chat online or access resources on the Health811 website in both English and French.

Partners can use the promotional toolkit materials on their own communications channels to promote greater awareness of Health811 and ensure people across Ontario know where to turn if they need information about non-emergent symptoms they’re experiencing or have general health questions. Download the Health811 promotional toolkit in English or French.

Community Events

Check out upcoming events, awareness weeks and education opportunities designed to support health care providers, patients, families and caregivers across our community.

Central Mini Expo: Enhancing Health Care through Community Paramedicine

A virtual educational event to increase awareness and collaboration among health service providers with a spotlight on community paramedicine as an integral partner in the health care system.

When: Friday, March 1 from 1 – 3:30 p.m.
Where: Virtual

For more information or to register, click here

Victoria Village presents: Spring in Wellness Fair

Learn about program and services available to seniors in our community!

Includes presentations, exhibitions, door prizes and free healthy snacks available for the first 150 participants.

When: Tuesday, March 12; drop in anytime between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Where: Bob Morton Centre; 146 Toronto St., Barrie

Hospice Simcoe’s ‘What do say when you don’t know what to say’

What do you say to someone when they loose a loved one? Join us as we explore and learn how to acknowledge the death of a colleague, friend, or loved one.

Part of the Dying Matters Series presented by Hospice Simcoe.

When: Tuesday, March 19 from 6 – 8 p.m.
Where: Traditions Banquet Hall; Sheba Shrine Centre, Barrie

For information and to register, click here

Eating Disorder Symposium for Primary Care Providers

Join the Simcoe Muskoka Regional Eating Disorder Program for an insightful and informative in-person event designed for primary care providers. This must-attend symposium for healthcare professionals interested in learning more about eating disorders and building capacity in supporting patients with eating disorders in their practices. 

When: Friday, March 22 from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Where: 80 Bell Farm Road, Barrie

For more information on guest speakers and registration, click here.