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When it comes to health care, what is most important to you?


Find out how your personal experiences can make a difference to the health care services you receive.


The North Simcoe Muskoka (NSM) Regional Women and Children (RWC) Network Needs Your Help

What do you value?

Have you ever wondered how your personal experiences could make a difference to the health care services you receive? You have an important voice, truly, the most important voice.

Whether you have had positive health care experiences in the past or whether there were opportunities for improvement, we need to hear from you.

The NSM RWC Network is working to develop a strategic plan that reflects your voice and what matters most to YOU.

A strategic plan is a guidance document to help direct future planning. It outlines our vision for the future, what we want to accomplish and how we will accomplish it.

As we work to define where we want to be and what our ideal future looks like, we need your input.

Who is the “We” referring to, you may ask?

The NSM RWC Network is a group of like-minded health care providers, leaders, and patients and families working to provide support and coordination in the planning and delivery of healthcare services for women, birthing families, children and youth populations across the region. The aim is to improve the care and services for these groups in North Simcoe Muskoka (Bracebridge, Huntsville, Orillia, Collingwood, Barrie, Midland, Penetanguishene, Parry Sound, and surrounding communities).

The Network’s Steering Committee was established in 2011 and continues to grow and develop. We have 3 working groups: Women’s Health, Maternal Newborn (Birthing Families), and Children-Youth. We are focused on making continuous improvement changes that matter most to you.

What specifically do we need your help with?

Based on your experiences and the system gaps that we are aware of, we work to develop improvement plans and actions to prioritize the topics that matter most. Our aim is to ensure the highest quality of care for women and children at the local and regional levels. The Network supports a collaborative and coordinated approach.

Why does a strategic plan matter?

As administrators and health system planners, we often ask questions such as:

  • Is the work we are doing to improve the system the right work?
  • Do our focus and actions reflect the greatest needs of our community?
  • What should our mission be?
  • What does our community value in health care?

Each year, we plan our priority work based on gaps and we align all of this work with our strategic plan. The strategic plan is basically our framework or foundation for those yearly plans. It is our roadmap. We cannot outline our roadmap successfully without the people we are building it for, and therefore it is essential that we build it with you. This is an opportunity for you to be a driver rather than a passenger in this planning journey.

What, where and when can you be involved?

WHAT: We need you for a focus group – 2 hours of your time – to share thoughts on YOUR health priorities.

WHERE: Online (Zoom or Microsoft Teams), Alternative option: Telephone

WHEN: One of the following time blocks:

  • September 9th 1:00 – 3:00 pm
  • September 15th 11:30 – 1:30 pm
  • September 20th 8:30 – 10:30 am
  • September 28th 5:30 – 7:30 pm

The QR code below will take you to a form that we will use to set up the focus group participants. If the times suggested do not work for you but you wish to participate, please let us know and we will arrange an alternative.

In advance, we thank you for your participation. We hope to be speaking with you soon!

Thank you – Merci – Miigwech

Marnie Lightfoot, Director, on behalf of the North Simcoe Muskoka Regional Women and Children Network