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Health TAPESTRY (Health Teams Advancing Patient Experience: Strengthening Quality)

Health TAPESTRY brings together people, communities and health care teams.

Health TAPESTRY is a community-based program, led by primary care teams, that connects trained health care volunteers, interprofessional health care teams, technology, and community engagement through improved system navigation. Based on the needs and goals of individual clients, the program works to enhance the timeliness and quality of care people receive — to help them stay healthier for longer in the places where they live. The Health TAPESTRY team is working with partners across Canada to bring this approach to more communities and evaluate the effectiveness of the programs in different environments.

In our program, trained volunteers visit people where they live. During these visits, volunteers learn about what matters most to that person and about their health and life goals. This information is passed on from clients to volunteers and then sent to the client’s primary health care team using special technology. This helps the team learn more about how they can help that person stay healthy longer. The health care team also connects with community organizations to help the person access activities and resources in their community.

A person’s health care team can include members from primary, community, specialist or hospital care. It can also include the trained Health TAPESTRY volunteers and anyone else who helps a person stay healthy.

Implementation and Evaluation of Health TAPESTRY

Health TAPESTRY was evaluated through two main studies and multiple sub-studies. The two main studies were:

  1. Health TAPESTRY Pragmatic Randomized Controlled Trial (RCT) for Older Adults, implemented in Hamilton, Ontario in 2015
  2. Health TAPESTRY Ontario: A pragmatic RCT testing implementation and reproducibility of results in 6 communities across Ontario, implemented in 2018-2019.

Program Leads

Dee Mangin

Dee Mangin


Professor (Part-Time)

Doug Oliver


Associate Professor

Medical Director, McMaster Family Practice

David Price



Information Box Group

Investigators for the 2018-2019 Implementation of Health TAPESTRY

Principal Investigator
Additional Governance Committee members

For a full list of all researchers and personnel project partners that have helped develop, implement, and evaluate Health TAPESTRY, click here.

Project Partners for the 2018-2019 Implementation

The following partners worked together to bring Health TAPESTRY to six new communities across Ontario.

McMaster Family Health Team, Stonechurch Family Health Centre, McMaster Family Practice, McMaster University, Canadian Red Cross, Dufferin Area Family Health Team, Harrow Health Centre, Niagara North Family Health Team, Superior Family Health Team, Windsor-Essex Compassion Care Community, Windsor Family Health Team

For a full list of past project partners that have helped develop Health TAPESTRY, click here.