Public & Patient Engagement

Local Health Involvement Groups

The Community Health Advisory Councils have been providing advice and their unique community perspectives on significant health issues to the WRHA Board for 12 years. As a result of changes to the Regional Health Authorities Act in 2013, they have become Local Health Involvement Groups (LHIGs). The role and membership of these advisory groups has not been impacted except that LHIG members will be play a greater role in determining what topics are explored.

There are six Local Health Involvement Groups representing areas across the Winnipeg health region:

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.

Membership of the Local Health Involvement Groups

Local Health Involvement Groups are advisory groups made up of community and board members from health organizations - like hospitals, personal care homes, and community health agencies.  Each LHIG has between 11 and 15 members who are appointed by the WRHA Board. Non-voting members include a WRHA Board member 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.

LHIG Terms of Reference

LHIG Orientation Manual

Topics that the LHIGs explore

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

Are you interested in getting involved?

We are looking for people who have a broad interest in health and the factors that impact on the health of communities.  We work to put together Local Health Involvement Groups that are reflective of the communities they represent.

We are looking for people:

  • From a wide range of employment backgrounds (including people who aren’t working and students) and of different ages, cultural backgrounds, and perspectives.
  • We hope to find community members who know their communities, are interested in working with others, and have some experience working as part of a group.

Volunteer commitment

LHIG members volunteer for terms that are 3 years in length. At minimum, each Group will meet 6 times per year, between September and May.

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 May to June of 2016 for terms beginning September 2016.

The deadline for applications is Friday, May 6, 2016.

If you would like to learn more about the Mental Health Advisory Councils, or would like to apply for membership, please click here.

Interested in getting more information?

If you have 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

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