The Ontario Ministry of Health supports our new Kids Come First Health Team!
Infants, children, and youth are not adults — their health-care needs are totally different. They are still developing, they live with different illnesses, experience mental health and addictions differently. They require a wider range of health-care providers, have parents or guardians who co-manage their care, and attend daycare or school. For these reasons and more, we need to better connect health services for kids, making it easier and faster to access. Kids Come First includes over 60 organizations, family and youth partners, nearly 1,100 physicians, and thousands of individuals including children, youth and families
As one of the member organizations, CHEO will deliver services in ways that matters to children, youth, and families and we will work with our partners to do the same. At the top of the list of things to do, Kids Come First will implement its integrated home and community care plan which includes connecting care and providers in hospital, home, school and community settings. Kids Come First will also implement a regional, bilingual, Coordinated Access and Navigation Service - One Call/One Click - for children and youth with complex mental health and/or addiction needs and the families and physicians that care for them.
To provide high quality, connected care for children and youth and simplify their health care journey across the health and social system.
To provide easy access to the right care, at the right time, in the right place for children and youth in the Champlain region.
The Kids Come First Health Team will implement its Integrated Home and Community Care plan which includes connecting care and providers in hospital, home, school and community settings. Kids Come First will also implement a regional, bilingual, Coordinated Access and Navigation Service — One Call/One Click — for children and youth with complex mental health and addiction needs, and the families and physicians that care for them. The new model for health care in Ontario will have everyone connected to an Ontario Health Team (OHT). Coming together as an organization focused only on children and youth, our Kids Come First Health Team will enhance, not replace, other OHT’s by offering them pediatric expertise and working collaboratively with them to provide seamless care for children and youth.
Mental Health & Addictions
COVID-19 Responses Of Kids Come First Partners And Members
Since COVID-19 was declared a pandemic, we have seen tremendous efforts across all sectors of the health-care system. Understanding that kids have been bearing the brunt of this pandemic, the Kids Come First Health Team has been innovating to respond to the needs of children, youth, their families, and providers.
Together we have:
- Offered specialized COVID-19 vaccination clinics for youth with medical complexities and their families
- Offered pediatric expertise through partnerships with Ottawa Public Health on a mass vaccination campaign for youth 12-17 and their families, resulting in leading vaccination rates for this age group through the summer.
- Created and delivered a PPE Coaching program to over 200 participants from 30 different organizations in the congregate care setting and created a toolbox for implementation provincially
- Set up immunization clinics for scheduled vaccinations of babies and toddlers of newcomers to Canada who cannot obtain their immunizations through their family physician or a community pediatrician due to the pandemic. We served nearly 300 families.
- Opened a Kids Come First COVID-19 Care Clinic within a COVID-19 testing centre for children and youth to receive in-person physician assessments due to limitations in the context of pandemic
- Created a Virtual Back-to-School Backpack to support kids, parents, school boards, teachers and other health-care professionals with their questions and concerns about returning to school during COVID-19
- Set up an isolation centre for vulnerable youth, ages 16-21, who have tested positive, or may have COVID, to provide them with a safe space to self-isolate, recover or await test results
- Launched a unique Child and Youth Protection Clinic for high-risk children who do not have primary care providers within their foster homes