About Our Community Advisory Council
East Toronto Health Partners’ (ETHP) Community Advisory Council is a group of volunteers who meet once a month to co-design ETHP initiatives and share their experiences as people who find and get care in East Toronto. Working closely with our partner organizations and leaders, they provide feedback on different health-related programs and services to help improve care for people in the community. Learn more about our Community Advisory Council.
How You’ll Help
As a member of our Community Advisory Council, you bring expertise about what it is like to find and get health, social and community services in East Toronto as a patient and/or an unpaid caregiver.
You will have an opportunity to provide direct input to ETHP policies and initiatives. Sharing your own or your community’s experiences helps inform the discussion and decision-making around the development and delivery of health and social services. This helps improve local access to care.
As a member of our Community Advisory Council, you may also be invited to join different ETHP committees, working groups or focus groups. In these groups, you will help provide context and share experiences that the data can’t tell us.
You will advise these groups on how to plan and improve local health and social services through the lens of a patient and/or unpaid caregiver. Your involvement will guide the committee, working group or focus group to consider the steps in a patient’s journey and better understand the complex choices that patients and unpaid caregivers must make.
What You’ll Need
- Recent experience with finding and getting health and/or social services in East Toronto as a patient and/or unpaid caregiver
- An interest in helping to improve the local healthcare system
- Ability to dedicate three to 10 hours per month to participate in the work of our Community Advisory Council
We welcome people of all ages and backgrounds. Members of our current Community Advisory Council proudly represent and come from many different neighbourhoods in East Toronto, including Thorncliffe Park, Victoria Village, Flemingdon Park, Taylor-Massey, Crescent Town, Oakridge, South Riverdale, the Danforth and others.
Patient and unpaid caregiver advisors are reimbursed for expenses needed to participate in our Community Advisory Council. These expenses may include transportation, parking, childcare and respite care. Advisors also receive a small honorarium as a token of appreciation.