What is a Family Health Team?

A Family Health Team is an approach to primary health care that brings together different health care providers to co-ordinate the highest possible quality of care for you – the patient. It will often include a team of family physicians, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, social workers, dietitians, and other professionals who work together to provide health care for their community.

A Family Health Teams ensures that people receive the care they need in their communities, as each team is set-up based on local health and community needs. It focuses on chronic disease management, disease prevention and health promotion, and work with other health care organizations, such as public health units and Home and Community Care services.

Ontario Family Health Teams have been in operation since 2005. There are currently 184 Family Health Teams serving over 3 million people in over 200 communities across Ontario.

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