Your BAOHT Bulletin for May 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.

Connecting with our community

In May, the Barrie and Area Ontario Health Team (BAOHT) attended three community events, where we connected with residents, shared valuable programs and resources, and engaged in meaningful conversations about health care priorities. Since March, we have engaged with more than 230 participants. We continued to hear three main health care priorities from residents:

  1. Better access to family care providers
  2. Support for navigation services within the region
  3. Timely and affordable access to mental health supports, particularly for children and youth

Through these events, the BAOHT not only provided valuable health information but also gathered crucial insights into what matters most to our community. We are committed to using this feedback to drive future conversations with partners and to ensure we are meeting the health care needs of all residents.

Pictured left: BAOHT Operations Team members Kaylee MacMillan, Engagement Lead; Melissa Keown, Administrative Coordinator; and Lisa Rhodenizer, Project Management Lead; were at the Barrie Wellness Fair and Farmer’s Market on May 4. Pictured centre: Suzanne Kings, BAOHT Implementation Lead; and Rebecca Coyle, BAOHT Project Coordinator were at the Barrie Women’s Body and Soul Fair on May 5. Pictured right: BAOHT Lived-Experience Partners Melissa Griffith, Virginia Doan and Mike Culver attended the Alzheimer’s Walk on May 26.

In-Person Collaboration Council Meeting

Partners of the Barrie and Area Ontario Health Team (BAOHT) convened for an in-person Collaboration Council meeting on May 1. The primary focus of this gathering was to engage in exercises designed to identify and prioritize our future initiatives. These exercises were instrumental in ensuring that our priorities align with our strategic directions and the deliverables set out by Ontario Health. This meeting reinforced our collective commitment to improving health care services for the Barrie and area communities. By aligning our priorities with strategic directions and provincial goals, we are poised to deliver impactful and sustainable health care improvements.

Careers page now live on BAOHT website

We’re thrilled to announce the launch of a new Careers Page on the Barrie and Area Ontario Health Team website! Designed to enhance existing recruitment efforts, this page features direct links to partner career pages. Your organization’s opportunities are now easily accessible to candidates interested in joining our collaborative health care community. Don’t see your organization’s career page posted? Reach out to us at so we can add to our growing list of partner opportunities within the region.

OHT Operating Plan Guidance for FY 2024-25

Following an All-OHT webinar on May 21, the OHT Operating Plan Guidance is now available. This document, prepared by Ontario Health and the Ministry of Health, provides guidance to OHTs to support the development and implementation of the OHT Operating Plan, the first deliverable of the OHT Agreement for FY 24/25. To view the document, click here.

Sharing on behalf of Canadian Mental Health Association – Simcoe County Branch

Grand Opening of the Crisis Intervention and Community Response Program in Barrie

On May 9, CMHA SCB celebrated the opening of its latest system improvement initiative, the Crisis Intervention and Community Response Program at a new downtown Barrie location.

The facility will house co-located programming designed to deliver immediate crisis stabilization and mental health supports through a range of integrated services including 24/7 Crisis Phone, 24/7 Crisis Beds (6), Justice Safe Beds (6) and community-based Mobile Support. Referrals to the community beds program can be made by contacting the 24/7 Crisis Line and referrals to the Justice Safe Beds can be made by local and regional police services. For more details visit:

Gathered for the official ribbon cutting at the grand opening event were (L to R): Kerry Dault, CMHA SCB Manager of Crisis Intervention and Community Response Programs; Kelly Condron-Penman, Representative for Doug Shipley, MP Barrie Springwater Oro-Medonte; Andrea Khanjin, MPP Innisfil; Camille Quenneville, CEO, CMHA Ontario; Dr. Valerie Grdisa, CEO, CMHA SCB; Hon. Doug Downey, Attorney General of Ontario and MPP Barrie Springwater Oro-Medonte; Dr. Ayodele Akenroye, CMHA SCB President of the Board of Directors; Hon. Michael Tibollo, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions; and Lynne Cheliak, CMHA SCB Director of Service Operations.

Sharing on behalf of the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU)

Distribution of Public Health Alerts to BAOHT Partners

In an attempt to ensure timely communication with our local Ontario Health Team (OHT) partners, the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU) has added key leads from local OHTs to our distribution strategy for local Public Health Alerts.

Public Health Alerts contain information on emerging issues related to immunization, infectious diseases, emergency events and other public health issues relevant to the health sector. For those who do not currently receive the alerts, all are welcome to register by visiting the SMDHU website or by clicking here.

Sharing on behalf of Hospice Simcoe

Canadian Grief Alliance – National Public Consultation on Grief

From November through December 2023, 3,874 people from every province and territory in Canada answered the call from the Canadian Grief Alliance to share their experiences of grief and loss. We  heard from people who had experienced the death of someone close to them, as well as a variety of other losses including divorce, declines in health, family estrangement, employment and financial losses, pet loss, among others. This overwhelming response speaks to what the survey data confirms – people want to talk about their grief.

To view the Executive Summary on survey results, 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.

Workforce Connect Conference 2024

The County of Simcoe Economic Development Office, Simcoe County Local Immigration Partnership and area partners are excited to announce that registration is now open for the 2024 Workforce Connect Conference

When: June 18 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Snow Valley Ski Resort
To register: