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About the Windsor Essex OHT

The Windsor Essex Ontario Health Team is comprised of over 45 local healthcare program and services providers including the three hospitals, primary care and community support providers, public health, municipalities, mental health and addictions agencies, long-term care, and others social service providers in Windsor Essex. We are a collective who is committed to collaboratively developing a Windsor Essex model that builds on our strengths, honours our differences and recognizes and meets the unique needs of our community.

Why Now?

The Windsor Essex Ontario Health team submitted a full application to the Ministry of Health on September 18th, 2020. This marks the next milestone for the Windsor Essex Ontario Health Team. 

Once approved, the Windsor Essex Ontario Health Team will be divided into two major streams:

  • Year One Population, and
  • OHT Infrastructure Development

How was Windsor Essex chosen as the geographic location for our OHT?

Healthcare and community leaders came together over the last year and chose to work together on the application based on population size and the unique characteristics of the healthcare needs in our region.

Who is part of the Windsor Essex Ontario Health Team?

Please visit our Partners page to learn more. 

Year One Population
In the OHT application set by the Ministry of Health, each OHT needs to identify a specific population that will be the focus in year one. Further to this, the Ministry has outlined that this population should be selected in part based on the local learnings from the COVID-19 pandemic. Selecting a Year One Population allows the local partners to learn new ways to work together and find innovative solutions to a specific healthcare concern in their region on a smaller scale.


Who is the WE OHT’s Year One Priority/Target Population?

The Windsor Essex Ontario Health Team will focus on a subset of individuals living in High Risk Congregate Living Settings. This is defined as facilities where people live or stay overnight and use shared spaces (e.g. common sleeping areas, bathrooms, kitchens) and require various support/care. Preliminary data collected indicates that there are approximately 155 of these high-risk congregate living facilities with just over 2,000 residents across our population. Although this may seem like a small portion of the population, it is important to note this is the year one focus.