Public & Patient Engagement

Local Health Involvement Groups

Change in the health care system and the importance of engaging the public

There is a lot of change underway in the health care system right now. The Local Health Involvement Groups (LHIGs) were involved in the initial consultations that shaped the plan for the Winnipeg health region. They were also involved in providing feedback on how they felt the first round (or phase) of the changes was going and its impact on the experience of patients and families.

Health impacts all of us and we need to hear from community members about what is most important as we build this health care system together.

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Our Six Local Health Involvement Groups

The Local Health Involvement Groups create opportunities for WRHA leadership to hear how health system issues are perceived by community members across the whole Winnipeg health region and also at the community area level.  Each LHIG has between 11 and 15 community members.

Churchill Health Centre engagement

We have held community and staff consultations in Churchill over the past 5 years.  Last May, they hosted a 3 day community engagement session. Staff meets weekly with community members to plan life promotion activities that celebrate the history, cultures, heritage, traditions, and founders of Churchill. For more information you can contact Amelia Gamvrelis at

Francophone Community Consultations

Every year, in collaboration with Santé en Français we hold a consultation with the Francophone community on a topic that the Local Health Involvement Groups explore. This year, we held a consultation on March 18th on the topic of mental health, addictions, and well-being. The report from the consultation will be posted shortly.

Previous years' activities and reports

Each topic that the Local Health Involvement Groups explore is captured in a report put together by staff with feedback from the members. Each year, an update on how the LHIG reports and recommendations are used is written up in an annual report.  And, every year a thorough evaluation of LHIG processes and outcomes is undertaken, shared with WRHA leadership, and posted on our webpages.

2018/19 Promoting Mental Wellness: The Role of the Health Care System and the Community

Members of the Local Health Involvement Groups explored opportunities of how individuals’ mental well-being can be acknowledged and enhanced during interactions with the health care system. They also looked at how the WRHA can work with community to promote mental wellness across the life span.

Click here to read the report

2018/2019: Mental Health and Addictions and Mental Health Promotion - in the community and the in the health care system.

Planning was underway in the Winnipeg health region and the province to look at how mental health services and addiction services can be integrated to meet the needs of those needing care and treatment. As such, it was a great opportunity for members of the LHIGs to provide input.

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2017/2018: Patient Journey and Feedback on the Changes in the Health Care System

With large scale change underway in the health system it was a priority for the LHIGs to provide feedback on how they felt it was going and to share their “patient journeys”. Their input has been shared extensively and a Patient Journey Working Group is turning their recommendations into tools, resources, and proposed policies and processes to improve the patient journey and communication between providers, patients, and families.

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2016/2017: Innovation in Health Care

LHIG input on innovation enabled leadership to understand how the public views innovation in terms of delivering health care services and what outcomes are important to them.

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2015/2016: Public Perspectives on Aging in Place and the Ethics of Equity and Sustainability

With a new provincial plan on planning and providing services to an aging population, it was an opportunity for the LHIGs to share their perspectives. Equity (decreasing inequities) is a focus of the health care system along with the sustainability of the health care system. This made for an important and challenging discussion.

Click here to read the report

2014/2015: Public Input on the 2016-21 WRHA Strategic Plan and the Declaration of Patient Values

 Large scale planning was underway involving staff, the general public, and the Local Health Involvement Groups into the development of the region's 2016-21 strategic plan. This involved 3 out of the 4 meetings of the LHIGs. The fourth meeting was spent developing a Declaration of Patient Values. Focus groups were also held with volunteers from the program advisory councils.

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2013/2014: Transparency and Accountability and the Community Health Assessment

LHIG members participated in open discussions with senior leaders about transparency and accountability and provided their suggestions for how to improve transparency and accountability in our health system. Their second topic was the Community Health Assessment for 2015.

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2012/2013: Promoting Advance Care Planning and the Sustainability of the Health Care System

To improve processes around advance care planning, LHIG members shared the challenges of discussing end of life issues with family members. They provided suggestions for how providers could approach end of life discussions with patients and the important cultural considerations.  Balancing the provision of health care with available resources is critical for the system. LHIG members shared their ideas to build a more sustainable system along with feedback on resource allocation criteria – which was applauded by health care leaders across the country.

Click here to read the report

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

Want to get involved?

We are looking for people to fill vacancies on all six of our Local Health Involvement Groups. The goal of recruitment is to build membership for each group that reflects the diversity of the communities that they live in.


We promote the Local Health Involvement Groups in a variety of ways -- through our website, community newspapers, community organizations, and most importantly, through the members of our groups.

We are actively looking for new members right now. The deadline for applications is Friday, May 24, 2019.


Winnipeg community areasPeople apply to be on a Local Health Involvement Group (LHIG) based on where they live. You can take a look at the map below to see how the health region is broken up into 12 community areas. There are six LHIGs – each made up of community members from 2 community areas:

  • Downtown/Point Douglas
  • River East/Transcona
  • River Heights/Fort Garry
  • Seven Oaks/Inkster
  • St Boniface/St Vital
  • St James-Assiniboia/Assiniboine South

Some of the LHIG members are completing high school and we have others who are in their 80's. What all members have in common is that they care about health and they want to work with others to explore and share their ideas about important issues in the health care system. Bringing people together from different backgrounds is key to learning all we can about peoples' experience in the system.

Those working in the health care system are not eligible for the LHIGs.

Want to apply?

You can apply online (see below) or contact Colleen at 204-803-7294 or 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 2019 for terms beginning September 2019.

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

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