Mobilizing a Whole Community: Policy and Strategy Implications of an Integrated Local System Response to a Global Health Crisis
Anne Wojtak, Jason Altenberg, Carol Annett, Anne Babcock, Keith Chung, Sarah Downey, Mark Fam, Ian Fraser, Kate Mason, Thuy-Nga (Tia) Pham, Jeff Powis, Ashnoor Rahim, Jarred Rosenberg and Catherine Yu
The East Toronto Health Partners (ETHP) include more than 50 organizations working collaboratively to create an integrated system of care in the east end of Toronto. This existing partnership proved invaluable as a platform for a rapid, coordinated local response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Months after the first wave of the pandemic began, with the daily numbers of COVID-19 cases finally starting to decline, leaders from ETHP provided preliminary reflections on two critical questions: (1) How were existing integration efforts leveraged to mobilize a response during the COVID-19 crisis? and (2) How can the response to the initial wave of COVID-19 be leveraged to further accelerate integration and better address subsequent waves and system improvements once the pandemic abates?
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