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.
Health TAPESTRY brings together people, communities and health care teams.
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.
- Dee Mangin (Evaluation Lead)
- David Price (Executive Academic Lead)
- Doug Oliver (Practice Model Lead)
- Larkin Lamarche
- Cathy Risdon
- Ruta Valaitis
Additional Governance Committee members
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.