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Putting Breathing First During Big Health System Changes

Prior to 2020, the Lung Health Foundation operated as the Ontario Lung Association. Enjoy this content from our archives.

The Government of Ontario announced plans today to make sweeping changes to the province’s health system structure – including the formation a central agency called Ontario Health.

In addition to dissolving the province’s 14 Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs), the Ontario Health project will see the consolidation of agencies, including:

  • Cancer Care Ontario
  • eHealth Ontario
  • Trillium Gift of Life Network
  • Health Shared Services
  • Health Quality Ontario; and
  • HealthForce Ontario Marketing and Recruitment Agency.

The Lung Association – Ontario looks forward to working with government in making Ontario Health a success when work on the transition commences this spring. It is expected that changes will be phased in gradually and without interruptions to patient services.

Our Patient-Focused Programs Breathe On

Before, during, and after these reforms take effect, The Lung Association will continue pursuing its work to make Ontario – home to 2.7 million people living with lung disease – a safer place to breathe:

  • The Lung Health Info Line will continue to connect patients and caregivers with Registered Respiratory Educators for free, confidential advice and guidance about managing flare-ups, quitting smoking, improving indoor air quality and more
  • Our support groups and peer programs will continue to give patients the psychosocial support vital to navigating day-to-day life with conditions like asthma, COPD, or lung cancer
  • Our various research programs will continue to pursue the innovations needed to deliver the right treatments to the right patients at the right time

About The Lung Health Foundation

The Lung Health Foundation is the leading organization in Canada working to promote lung health and prevent and manage lung disease. This is done by funding vital research and pushing for innovative ways to help people manage their health. The Lung Health Foundation’s role is to improve respiratory health and the overall quality of life through programs, education, research, training, treatment and prevention of lung disease.

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