What is a Community Family Health Team?
Community Family Health Teams (CFHTs) are non-profit primary health care agencies that provide patient-centred care delivered by interprofessional teams. Their services are varied and include clinical care along with health promotion and illness prevention. Health teams can include physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, physiotherapists, chiropractors, dietitians, social workers, nurses, health promoters, respiratory educators, and administrative support. Many teams are also complemented by other health care professionals through partnership agreements. Ten CFHTs are members of the Alliance.
CFHTs differ from the provinces’ more numerous physician-led Family Health Teams in that they are governed by community members who direct the policies and priorities for services offered. This means CFHTs are well equipped to orient their services to the needs of the communities they serve and, increasingly, CFHTs are deciding to focus their resources on the needs of community members who face barriers accessing care or whose living circumstances leave them vulnerable to poor health.
Another important difference between CFHTs and FHTs is that in CFHTs physicians are employed on a primarily salary basis; in FHTs physicians are a member of a physician group that is associated with the FHT and compensated using a capitation model.
Since 2004, the McGuinty government has initiated five waves of FHT expansion. The final wave of was announced in 2010. To offer guidance to the provincial government on how to improve setting up this relatively new model of primary health care, the Alliance prepared a report called Looking Back, Looking Forward: Evaluating the first three waves/Improvements in the next wave.
Region #1 – South West
Delhi Family Health Team
105 Main Street
Delhi, ON N4B 2L8
Windsor Family Health Team
2475 McDougall Street, Unit 245
Windsor, ON N8X 3N9
Website: www.windsorfht.ca [external link]
Region #2 – Central
Don Mills Family Health Team
35 Foxden Road
Don Mills, ON M3C 2B2
Website: www.donmillshealth.com [external link]
Region #3 – North East
Leeds & Grenville Community Family Health Team
2235 Parkedale Avenue
Brockville, ON K6V 6B2
Équipe de santé familiale communautaire de l’est d’Ottawa
2339 Ogilvie Road, Suite 204
Ottawa, ON K1J 8P6
Kawartha North Family Health Team
50 Colborne Street East, Box 129
Fenelon Falls, ON K0M 1N0
North Hastings Family Health Team
1P Manor Lane, Box 418
Bancroft, ON K0L 1C0