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  • 27 Jan 2021 11:52 AM | Contact Us (Administrator)

    Thank you to the 300+ colleagues who joined us last night to learn from our distinguished panel of guests:

    • Dr. Peter Lin
    • Dr. Noah Ivers
    • Dr. Lynora Saxinger
    • Dr. David Fisman

    The session was rich in information and dialogue, intended to provide primary care with current knowledge about COVID vaccines and strategies to address vaccine hesitancy, centred around being supportive to our patients and staff.

    If you'd like to review the materials again, a recording and slides have been posted. We are collating the Q&A and will share a summary as soon as possible.

    We're looking forward to planning the next event! If you have ideas on topics you would like to see next, we love hearing from our members.

  • 23 Jan 2021 10:52 AM | Contact Us (Administrator)

    We are so excited to host these excellent speakers on the topic of COVID-19 vaccines.

    They will be presenting information on vaccine mechanism of action, differences between vaccines, epidemiological effects of our various public health measures, how to address vaccine hesitancy, and supports available for primary care. Presentations will be followed by a panel Q&A session.

    It's going to be an informative and engaging night. If you haven't RSVP'd yet, join 400+ of your colleagues by registering for this event.

    Register Here

  • 12 Jan 2021 12:51 PM | Contact Us (Administrator)

    MH Primary Care Network is working closely with our local PHUs to help staff vaccination clinics. The response from primary care has been overwhelmingly positive and we have received offers from physicians located from across the province. 

    As we continue to support Peel Region and Halton Region in these vaccination clinics, we have also been coordinating with SGFP and others to ensure those who are interested get put in contact with their own PHU so that they can help out more locally. 

    If you are located outside of the immediate Mississauga Halton region, you can chose to contact us as you have been, or submit your information directly to the COVID-19 Primary Care Action Council here:

    Contact COVID-19 Primary Care Action Council

    Thanks so much to our colleagues for being so willing to assist. We're all in this together. #TeamVaccine

  • 12 Jan 2021 12:10 PM | Contact Us (Administrator)

    Primary Care in the Media

    MH PCN Board Chair Sohal speaks with Melanie Ng of Breakfast Television
    about his personal experiences with COVID-19

  • 10 Jan 2021 5:04 PM | Contact Us (Administrator)

    Welcome everyone! 

    2020 was a tough year and we're not in the clear yet. Here's hoping 2021 will be familiar yet different... just like our website.

    The Mississauga Halton Primary Care Network has found a new home online. It's a fresh start, and we hope that you will find it even easier to locate the resources and information you need. 

    Don't forget, you can also subscribe to our eBulletin. Stay informed on what matters most to primary care. 

    Bough Beeches Retirement Home COVID-19 vaccination clinic, 2021-Jan-09

  • 25 Mar 2020 8:43 AM | Contact Us (Administrator)

    In the two weeks that have passed since the fourth Interim Leaders Meeting, so much about the way we do our work and lead our lives has changed, none more so than for the Primary Care physicians of the Mississauga Halton LHIN.

    It has never been a more important for family physicians to feel connected to one another, to know there are others that understand what it feels like to be on the front lines, to have a true sense of community in these rapidly changing and uncertain times.

    At their March 11th meeting, with the governance structure, nomination and election processes confirmed, the Interim Leaders turned their sights to the document that will guide how the MH PCN will exist and conduct business: the Constitution! A draft document was reviewed with those in attendance; all feedback will be synthesized, rolled up and changes made before the document is presented (alongside the newly elected Board of Directors!) at the next Community Meeting. The Interim Leaders also took time to discuss a Near Term Communications Strategy, which includes the MH PCN website! With help from Dr. Greg Van de Mosselaer, changes have been made to the existing website so that it is easier to use and reflects the new purpose and activities of the organization.

    PLEASE NOTE: In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the original date of Tuesday, March 31st for the next MH PCN Community Meeting has been pushed forward to Monday, May 25th.

    Voting for the inaugural MH Primary Care Network Board of Directors is open to all family physicians in the Mississauga Halton area; voting opened on Tuesday, March 10th and continues through to 9:00pm on Wednesday, March 25th. Ten family physicians from different sub-regions across Mississauga Halton have put their names forward as candidates, click here to see their bios. There is still time to cast your vote!! To access the Leadership Election ballot, click here.

    If you have any thoughts, concerns or questions, please forward them to us.

  • 22 Feb 2020 8:35 AM | Contact Us (Administrator)

    We are calling one and all primary care physicians in Mississauga and Halton to be involved in establishing our first leadership team of the Mississauga Halton Primary Care Network (MH PCN)!

    Have you ever wished that you had a stronger voice in health care? Do you want more local educational opportunities? Do you need more support? By joining the MH PCN community and applying to be one of our leaders, you can be a part of shaping how this organization will address the needs of primary care physicians across our region.

    MH PCN Overview

    The MH PCN is a not-for-profit organization led by primary care physicians for primary care physicians in the Mississauga Halton region. An interim leadership group of 15 primary care physicians have come together since December 2019 to support the development of the MH PCN as a formal organization with elected leadership that can be representative of the broader primary care physician community.

    A Board of Directors – comprised of primary care physicians, representative of all payment models and geographies across Mississauga and Halton – has been selected as the most appropriate governance structure for the MH PCN. There will be one Board Chair and up to 14 Board Member positions.

    • Descriptions of the leadership positions can be found here: Leadership Descriptions 
    • To apply, please complete the Leadership Application online form here: Leadership Application Form 
    • Applications will be accepted from Tuesday, February 25th at 9:00 AM to Monday, March 9th at 12:00 PM (noon) 
    • The inaugural MH PCN leadership election will take place between Tuesday, March 10th at 9:00 AM and Wednesday, March 25th at 5:00 PM 
    • All primary care physicians within the MH LHIN geographic boundary are eligible to apply for leadership positions, as well as vote in the first MH PCN election 
    If you have any questions or comments, please contact us.

    Our Why 

    • Our goal is to build a strong physician community in primary care, to learn from and support each other in managing our clinics and providing the best care possible for our patients 
    • We strive to be your single source of information, keeping you up-to-date on matters relevant to you and your practice in a timely manner 
    • We aim to be inclusive and influential, as an independent regional voice for primary care physicians that advocates for the change we need in the new OHT environment and beyond 

    We are still early in our development, so come join the community and be a part of building the network with us – we look forward to hearing from you!

    And please help us spread the word by sharing this opportunity broadly with your physician colleagues and networks. You can access a printable flyer here:

    For more information on our journey so far, please see our meeting summaries accessible on the MH PCN website.

  • 14 Feb 2020 4:59 PM | Contact Us (Administrator)

    On the eve of Valentine’s Day, the Interim Leaders for the MH Primary Care Network had more than chocolates and flowers on their minds… this was an important evening for decision-making about the organization’s new governance structure, membership criteria, and leadership election process (Feb – Mar). We will be announcing the formally elected leaders at our next Community Meeting on Tuesday, March 31st, so please come join us!

    To access the full meeting presentation, please click on the following link:

    At this meeting, a number of key decisions were made to help the organization get established enough to hold formal leadership elections, including:
    • Selected a Board of Directors as our governance structure: We selected a Board of Directors as the most appropriate governance structure for the organization based on our need to be representative across the diversity of primary care physicians in Mississauga and Halton, including different payment models and geographies. The Board would consist of one Board Chair and up to 14 Board Members, with the possibility of a Board-appointed Executive Committee (either within the Board or hired staff at a later date) to oversee day-to-day operations. Descriptions of these positions can be found at this link: Leadership Descriptions 
    • Not incorporating at this point in time: We decided by a close majority vote that we will not incorporate at this point in time. The decision will be revisited as needed by the Board as the organizations grows and matures (a table summarizing elements of non-incorporated versus incorporated organizations was presented and discussed; this table can be accessed in the meeting presentation) 
    • Representing only primary care physicians at this early stage: Although it was a close majority vote, it was decided that the organization would represent the collective voice of primary care physicians only (as a representative group is currently lacking), but may expand its scope to other providers at a later time 
    • All 1000+ primary care physicians in Mississauga and Halton are considered members: By including all primary care physicians within our geography to be “general members,” everyone can vote in the inaugural leadership election! There was rich discussion about many aspects of membership, including the possibility of implementing tiered membership and dues at a later point to carry out critical network activities. Once the newly elected leadership is in place, these and other decisions will be finalized. 
    Now you’re probably wondering how the leadership application and voting process will work, right? Because you’re thinking these are exciting times for primary care to be getting organized, right? If you think this opportunity is a good fit for you, click here to complete the Leadership Application!
    • Applications will be accepted from Tuesday, February 25th at 9:00 AM to Monday, March 9th at 12:00 PM (noon) 
    • The inaugural MH PCN leadership election will take place between Tuesday, March 10th at 9:00 AM and Wednesday, March 25th at 5:00 PM (a link to the voting site will be posted on the MH PCN website shortly) 
    • All primary care physicians within the MH LHIN geographic boundary are eligible to apply for leadership positions, as well as vote in the first MH PCN election

    If you have any questions or comments, please contact us.

  • 29 Jan 2020 4:47 PM | Contact Us (Administrator)

    The enthusiasm and work continues for the Mississauga Halton Primary Care Network!

    At the first Community Meeting for the renewed MH PCN on Tuesday, January 28th, 2020, Dr. Salesh Budhoo presented on behalf of the Interim Leaders the journey and work of the MH PCN to-date, and outlined the important decisions that remain to be made.

    To access the full presentation, click on the following link:

    The presentation highlighted the vision, mission, values and 3-year strategic priorities that were drafted November to January through the MH PCN meeting activities. The rest of the meeting focused on gaining feedback from the broader community on how to define the MH PCN membership and the leadership election process.

    In keeping with the spirit of co-design, attendees at the meeting broke out into small groups to consider the following:

    1. What could be the benefits of membership in the MH PCN? 
    2. What would I be willing to commit to as a member?
    3. What would the roles and responsibilities be for each type of member? 
    4. How would we recruit members? 
    5. What could the MH PCN do for me that is different from the OMA, OCFP or the Ontario Health Team (OHT) Physician Advisory Groups?
    All of the rich feedback will be synthesized and presented to the Interim Leaders at their next meeting on February 13th. At this meeting, the Interim Leaders will finalize the MH PCN membership criteria, governance structure, and leadership election process.

    This will allow MH PCN leadership elections to take place mid-late March, in advance of the second Community Meeting to be held on Tuesday, March 31st, 2020, 6:30-9:00 PM. Stay tuned for more information on the leadership elections and how to be involved!

    At the March 31 Community Meeting, we will be announcing the elected MH PCN leaders and also be receiving final feedback from the broader Primary Care community on the MH PCN 3-year strategic plan and constitution. Come out and have your voice heard!

    Next steps:

    1. Mark your calendars! Tuesday, March 31st, 2020 from 6:30pm to 9:00pm will be the next MH PCN Community Meeting and we want to see you there! Confirm your attendance through Eventbrite at this link
    2. It’s never too late to be involved with the PCN! Please answer this quick survey to let us know how you want to be involved (as a leader / advisor, or simply engaged / informed). 
    3. Feel free to reach out to Bonnie Scott at bonnie.scott@lhins.on.ca with any questions, comments, or concerns. (The Mississauga Halton LHIN is providing interim administrative support to the MH PCN.) 
    Hope to see you at our next meeting!
  • 16 Jan 2020 4:56 PM | Contact Us (Administrator)

    Happy New Year! It is the year 20/20, and some say it is the year of clear vision — and for the Mississauga Halton Primary Care Network, we are laying a clear vision for our road ahead!

    On January 15, 2020, our MH Primary Care Network interim leaders met for their second meeting to discuss options for a future governance structure. To enable a rich discussion, a governance survey was sent to interim leaders to complete in advance of the session, and a panel + Q & A was organized where representatives from three different Primary Care organizations shared what has worked well and what needs to be improved within their organizations.

    To access the PDF materials from the session, please click on the following links:

    Panelists who generously offered their time and expertise were: Dr. Carolyn Malec and Dr. Michael Kates from the former MH Primary Care Network, Jessica Wooder from the Hamilton Academy of Medicine, and Dr. Thuy-Nga (Tia) Pham from the East Toronto Family Practice Network.

    These panelists also offered to be contacted by anyone in the community who might have questions or want to learn more about their respective organizations. If so, please send an e-mail to Bonnie Scott at bonnie.scott@lhins.on.ca with your request.

    At the end of the facilitated session, the group had reviewed the aggregated governance survey results (found in the presentation at link above), explored three different organizational models, and had a brief discussion on key themes. There was consensus on the need for a more formalized Primary Care organization with clear governance, accountability, policies, and procedures. However, it was unclear which mechanisms would be pursued to create this more “formal” group (e.g., incorporation, charitable status). Further information on benefits and drawbacks of the different options will be presented at the next Leaders meeting in early February for discussion.

    It was also clear that to move forward on many of the governance decisions, the broader community needs to provide their feedback on key topics. These include “what services and benefits will the MH PCN provide?” and “how will we define our membership?”. These topics will be the focus of our Community Meeting on January 28th — we hope you can join us!

    Next steps

    1. WE NEED YOU! All of this work will be presented for your critical feedback at our next Community Meeting being held January 28, 2020, 6:00-8:30 PM. To register, please click on this Eventbrite link
    2. Let us know how you want to be involved with the MH PCN – it’s never too late to sign up! Would you like to advise the leadership group? Do you prefer to be an informed member? Click on this link to answer a quick, 3-question survey to indicate your preferred level of engagement. We have set a due date of January 31, 2020 for this particular survey so that you can get the most out of being involved at this early stage. 
    If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Bonnie Scott at bonnie.scott@lhins.on.ca (the Mississauga Halton LHIN is providing interim administrative support).

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