Ontario’s home and community support sector is in the midst of significant transformation, including work on the province’s Roadmap to Strengthen Home and Community Care and, recently, the Patients First Act. Now, the sector is moving into the implementation stage of these plans. But as we know, ideas that seem straightforward on paper are often much more complicated on the ground. From system restructuring and new models of organizing and providing care, to more creative collaboration with partners both inside and outside of the health system, to the adoption and spread of new technologies, the 2017 OCSA conference will focus on preparing the home and community support sector for this shift from theory to action.
For two days in October, home and community support providers and other health system leaders will create and share the information, tools and resources they need to meet the changing needs of our communities. We will bring together knowledge from our individual regions and histories, and create a strategy for turning big ideas into practical, scalable solutions that make a tangible difference for our clients and their caregivers. Above all, we will leave the conference energized to make change work for our sector, locally and province-wide.
Celebrate OCSA’s 25th anniversary on October 18 and 19 at the 2017 OCSA Conference: “From Roadmap to Reality: Navigating Change Together.”
Conference delegates are primarily CEOs, EDs, board members and senior managers of home and community support provider organizations across Ontario, in addition to those with an interest in the sector including: Community Health Centres and Community Mental Health and Addiction providers, Family Health Teams, LHINs, Hospitals, Long-Term Care and other provincial government agencies. We expect approximately 400 delegates from organizations of all sizes, across the province.
Across the province each year, over one million people receive home care and community support services – and the need is growing. The Ontario Community Support Association (OCSA) champions a strong, sustainable home and community support sector for all Ontarians. Our not-for-profit, community-based member organizations provide a wide variety of health and wellness services which help a full range of clients, including seniors and people with disabilities, remain independent in their own homes and communities. These compassionate and cost-effective services improve quality of life and prevent unnecessary hospitalizations, emergency room visits and premature institutionalization. They are the key to a sustainable health care system for Ontario. For more information, visit www.ocsa.on.ca.