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Who we are
We are a team of local health professionals, organizations, and community members working together towards a more integrated health system for Algoma residents.
The Algoma Ontario Health Team (AOHT) was officially formed in 2020 to improve coordination of care for Algoma communities. We’re working to create a network where patients will have access to the right care, right team, and right care setting when they need it. We want individuals to experience seamless transitions throughout their care journey in a system that is understandable, digitally-enabled, and collaborative.
The AOHT currently has 14 core partner organizations and many additional collaborating organizations and individuals that represent health and social services across Algoma.
The Algoma OHT is one of 54 Ontario Health Teams (OHTs) approved by the Ministry of Health to support integrated care in Ontario.
Ontario Health Teams are a new way of organizing and delivering care that is more connected to patients, families, and caregivers in their local communities. Under Ontario Health Teams, health care providers (including hospitals, doctors, and home and community care providers) and social service providers work as one coordinated team - no matter where they provide care.
Ontario Health Teams
Who we serve
Algoma’s vast geography and sparse population can create challenges for access to and delivery of health and social services. The total region covered by the AOHT is roughly 32,000 square kilometers, including 103,090 community members. Over 30% of these individuals reside in areas outside of Sault Ste. Marie.
What is "integrated care"?
For our team, integrated care means coordinating efforts across health and social service organizations to improve the experience of Algoma residents. For community members, this means receiving connected care from one large team, regardless of where services and resources are accessed.
Our team is focusing on the unique needs of Algoma residents in collaboration with organizations, health professionals, and community members to achieve our vision of an integrated health system in Algoma.
Mission: The Algoma OHT will collaborate in a model of care that is person-centred, efficient, and simplified for both individuals and providers.
Guiding Principles of the Algoma OHT
OHT Building Block Framework (RISE Brief)
Ontario Health Team Information
Understanding Integrated Care (Nick Goodwin, 2016, International Journal of Integrated Care)