OHHRRN aligns research to inform health human resource policy and practice. In doing so it provides evidence for the foundation of "Healthier People, Healthier Communities & Healthier Systems" in Ontario.
Linking evidence to policy and practice ...
OHHRRN's goals are to coordinate, build and translate HHR research to inform policy and practice and to create necessary linkages/connections between health human resource researchers (Knowledge), community decision-makers/partners (Policy/Enforcers) and the full scope of Health Human Resources (Practice) to addresses complex issues that affect health human resource planning and management and to work together towards a common goal of achieving the best level of quality within the entire health care spectrum - from healthier systems to healthier people and communities.
... for Healthier Systems
OHHRRN research addresses a range of health system issues including ...
- the indicators of successful retention of health professionals in underserviced areas ensuring smarter and more effective incentive programmes;
- the impact of expanding the role of a range of health professionals (e.g., pharmacists, dental hygienists, dieticians, midwives, nurse practitioners, medical radiation and laboratory technologists) on accessibility, quality and system efficiency;
- a review of the range of ways we can improve the productivity of health professionals through interprofessional collaborative efforts, better use of evidence in practice and through the use of technological innovations; and
- the impact of internationally educated health professionals across a range of sectors in the Ontario health care system and the factors that pull our health professionals to other jurisdictions;
This research helps to ensure smarter health care spending as well as efficient and effective and efficient use of scare health human resources better enabling a sustainable health care system.
... and Healthier People & Communities
OHHRRN research addresses a range of issues that impact directly on people and communities including...
- the impact of the shift of tasks to family caregivers in the evolution of community care;
- better appreciating the role of peer support workers in the provision of mental health care;
Together this research helps to improve access to high quality health care for all Ontario citizens thereby building healthier communities.