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A rally calling for affordable housing marches east along Queen Street W. in Toronto’s Parkdale neighbourhood in November. Many health issues are attributable to factors like lack of housing, and the best way to improve the health of all is to strengthen neighbourhoods, Russ Ford writes. (RICK MADONIK / TORONTO STAR FILE PHOTO)

Strengthen Toronto’s communities to improve health for all

Social Work PhD candidate Russ Ford talks improving health in Toronto.

Jan 04, 2019

Toronto will soon see major changes to its health-care system. These changes are being decided in the backrooms of the Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network (TCLHIN), a body established in 2005 to manage the health-care system through greater community input, transparency and accountability.

While the TCLHIN has held the feet of health service providers to the fire, it has no public accountability. Its board members are appointed by the provincial government and a review of the operation of the LHINs, which was required by legislation to happen in 2010, has never occurred.

Read more in the Toronto Star.