Public & Patient Engagement

Local Health Involvement Groups

The Local Health Involvement Groups have been providing important public perspectives on health care for 14 years. Over the years, 600 community members have participated.  They have explored issues ranging from the health of seniors to transparency and accountability of the health care system. They are advisory to the Board of the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority and their insights and suggestions enable us to work collaboratively to deliver health care services that better meet the needs of the population.

There are six Local Health Involvement Groups representing areas across the Winnipeg health region. Membership lists and minutes of their meetings can be found here:

The role of the Local Health Involvement Groups

These Groups are advisory to the Board of Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA) and provide an on-going opportunity for community members to share their thoughts about and provide suggestions to address important issues that impact the health of Winnipeg communities.  Between September and May, members meet to explore at least two topics. The WRHA Board, with input from members of the LHIGs, chooses topics to explore.  Discussion from the meetings is included in reports that are presented to the Board and members of senior management and then made available to the public.

For more information on the role and processes, have a look at their terms of reference below:

LHIG Terms of Reference

Membership of the Local Health Involvement Groups

People participate in Local Health Involvement Groups based on where they live in the Winnipeg health region. Each LHIG has between 11 and 15 members who are appointed by the WRHA Board. Non-voting members include a WRHA Board member who acts as a liaison between the Board and the LHIG and a WRHA staff person that is able to provide information and answer questions about health and social services that are delivered in their community area.

Topics that the LHIGs explore

The Local Health Involvement Groups have explored a wide range of topics in the past 15 years.  If you are interested in taking a look at the work of the LHIGs, they are available below:

Are you interested in getting involved?

Every year, we recruit new members for each of the LHIGs. We look for people who have a broad interest in health and the factors that impact on the health of communities.  Our goal in recruitment is to put together Local Health Involvement Groups that are reflective of the communities they represent.

Volunteer commitment

LHIG members volunteer for terms that are 3 years in length. At minimum, members are expected to attend 6 meetings per year, between September and April.

The Groups usually meet between 5:30 and 8:00pm, sharing dinner first. To support participation, caregiver/childcare costs are reimbursed and transportation can be arranged.

Want to apply?

You can apply online (see below) or contact Colleen at 204-803-7294 to have a package mailed to you.  We will contact you when we receive your application. Everyone who applies will be interviewed and interviews will be scheduled for April and May of 2017 for terms beginning September 2017.

The deadline for applications is Friday, March 31, 2017

Interested in getting more information?

If you have any questions or would like more information about the Local Health Involvement Groups, please contact:

Colleen Schneider
Manager, Local Health Involvement Groups
Phone: 204-803-7294
Email: cschneider1@wrha.mb.ca

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