Your BAOHT Bulletin for April 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.

Barrie and Area OHT partners come together to support evacuated residents from Kashechewan

To prepare for the arrival of evacuated residents from the First Nation community of Kashechewan, BAOHT partners came together under the leadership of Ontario Health to support the health care needs of incoming community members. The collaboration, dedication, expertise, and resources contributed by all has been instrumental in ensuring appropriate care was provided during this critical time.

Thank you to all partners involved, including: Barrie and Community Family Health Team’s Prenatal Well-Baby Clinic; Barrie Community Health Centre; Barrie Family Medicine Teaching Unit; Barrie Native Friendship Centre; Canadian Mental Health Association – Simcoe County Branch; County of Simcoe; Home and Community Care Support Services; Huronia Urgent Care Clinic; Mamaway Wiidokdaadwin; Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre; and the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit

Partners gathered for a welcome dinner on April 18. Pictured L to R:  Eric MacFadden, Barrie Fire; Simcoe County Warden Basil Clarke; Barrie City Councillor Amy Courser; Serena Kenny, ISN Maskwa; Barrie City Councillor Jim Harris; and Dr. Charles Gardner, Chief Medical Officer, Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit
ISN Maskwa staff set up a teepee onsite at the hotel as a safe space for Kashechewan community members to gather. The teepee will remain until all residents are repatriated back to their home community.

BAOHT video now live!

To introduce the BAOHT and highlight our dedication to creating a connected healthcare system, we are thrilled to unveil our new ‘about us’ video. The production of this video was a collaborative effort, and we extend our gratitude to all the participants whose voices help share our message of a co-designed healthcare system. By sharing our story visually, we aim to build trust, promote awareness, and encourage collaboration with partners and community members.

Coming soon! Explore career opportunities with the BAOHT and its Partners

In the coming weeks, the Barrie and Area Ontario Health Team will launch a new career page on its website. This dedicated page features links to our partners’ career websites, providing valuable opportunities for users to explore potential career paths within Barrie and Area. Whether you’re seeking opportunities in long-term care, hospice, or hospital, start exploring the possibilities with BAOHT partners today! Want your organization feature on our Careers Page? Reach out to us at

Ontario Health shares new Social Determinants of Health Framework

Earlier this month Ontario Health (OH) released a new tool to help health care and community leaders improve health outcomes by dealing with non-medical, health-related social issues that affect people’s health. The Social Determinants of Health Framework was developed through extensive research and consultations (including 21 OHTs) and includes eight key evidence-based principles. It is intended to be a practical tool to guide our collective efforts in shifting the population health curve, improving overall health by addressing underlying health inequities and root causes of illness. To view the new Framework, click here.

Sharing on behalf of Hospice Simcoe
Hospice Simcoe partners with Seasons Centre for Grieving Children

After extensive planning and consideration, Hospice Simcoe and Seasons Centre for Grieving Children have united under an official partnership, effective April 1st, 2024. The decision to partner stemmed from both organizations’ shared understanding of the complex needs of those coping with end-of-life journeys and the profound impact of grief. To read the full announcement, click here.

Community Events

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

Barrie Wellness Fair

Learn information on resources and services available within our area to support health and wellness. Over 30 community agencies will be in attendance.

When: Saturday, May 4 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Where: Barrie City Hall; 70 Collier Street

Hike & Bike for Hospice Simcoe

Let’s come together as we remember loved ones, celebrate friendships, and help raise funds to support Hospice Simcoe’s residence and community programs.

When: Sunday, May 5 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Where: Sunnidale Park, Barrie

To register, click here.

2024 Walk for Alzheimer’s

Join us for the Annual IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s, hosted by the Alzheimer’s Society of Simcoe County. Let’s walk together to honor those living with and supporting someone with Dementia.

When: Sunday, May 26
Where: 1151 Highway 26, Minesing For more information, click here.

RVH IGNITE Research Conference – Call for Abstracts

We are pleased to invite you to submit an abstract for oral and/or poster presentation for the 7th Annual RVH IGNITE Applied Health Research Conference. Submit your abstract online by Friday, August 30, 2024 to