The Middlesex London Ontario Health Team (then referred to as the Western Ontario Health Team) worked together with stakeholders partners to select the initial priority population in August 2019. At that time 7 different populations were suggested, 6 of which had sufficient overlap and opportunity for collaboration. All 6 of these population groups related to older adults with chronic disease.
Of the more than 525,000 who mainly access healthcare in London and Middlesex County, it is estimated that 34,900 people are living with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), and an estimated 8,800 are living with Congestive Heart Failure (CHF). A key element of our initial work will be to better understand the care coordination needs of these populations and preferred method for addressing them.