We believe Manitobans should have a say in the decisions that affect them. By talking about ideas, we can make health services in Manitoba better for everyone.
We want to hear your ideas and opinions about health services in our province. That is why we are creating new ways for people to share their thoughts.
Local Health Involvement Groups (LHIGs) are a way for Manitobans to have a say. Each region is setting up a LHIG. People who care about health services in their communities can apply to be members. Regions will choose at least ten members to be a part of each LHIG for one to three years; the LHIGs will meet four times per year in person, by phone, or online or by Tele-Health.
The regions’ boards will suggest topics for the LHIGs to talk about. The LHIGS can also suggest their own topics for discussion. These topics will look at the big picture of health services in the local area. The LHIGs will share their thoughts with the boards to help them make decisions.
Find out about the LHIGs and other opportunities to share feedback in your region. To start, click on the area of the map that you live in.
LHIGs are made up of citizens who care about health and health services. They are created to explore and provide advice to the regions’ Boards on issues that affect local health services. The number and nature of the LHIGs vary somewhat from region to region, depending on geography, population distribution and other particular circumstances. For information about your region, please follow the link above to its website.
Anyone can apply to be a member of a LHIG in the region in which they live.
Anyone can apply to be a member of a LHIG in the region by which they are served.
If you are unsure which region you belong to, see the map above or call 1-855-259-9670.
Some regions may have other requirements for participation.
Members are selected by the region’s board to make sure different points of view are represented in each LHIG. Citizens who are selected to be a member of a LHIG:
No. LHIG members are volunteers and are not paid for their participation. We encourage everyone to apply. Efforts will be made to help with special requirements.
The commitment may vary somewhat from region to region.
For more information or to apply to be a member of a LHIG follow the links to your region above. If you are unsure which region you live in, see the map above, or call 1-855-259-9670.
Once your region receives your application, you will be contacted to discuss the next steps.
In Budget 2012, the province reduced the number of regional health authorities (RHAs) in Manitoba to five from 11, to reduce costs and ensure resources are directed to services for patients.
As part of this amalgamation of RHAs, the Health Minister
announced the creation of "Local
Health Involvement Groups" (or LHIGs), to give local
communities and families a stronger voice
and partnership in local health issues.
The Minister also announced the province would conduct consultations with the public and local communities about how these groups could best support improved engagement between the public and the regions.
Those consultations were conducted during November
and December 2012, through community meetings held
across Manitoba and by online survey.
During these consultations, valuable input was provided by Manitobans about how they would like to connect with their health care system. This final report will summarize this input and the recommendations made as a result of these conversations.
To learn more email ATSC@gov.mb.ca or call 1-855-259-9670.