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Katherine Stevens’ story

Author: Kids Come First | Les enfants avant tout

19 August 2021

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Katherine Stevens, a Grade 11 student at Colonel By High School in Ottawa, has become engaged in improving health care for young people. “I would like to see better communications between everyone involved in my care,” she says.

After surgeries in 2016 and 2017 to treat hip dysplasia, along with frequent visits to the CHEO’s gastrointestinal clinic for other health issues, she was tired of retelling her story every time she needed care. She saw that better integration of care would improve her experience.

Katherine joined the CHEO Youth Forum — volunteers who partner with CHEO to ensure youth experience is integrated into everything that CHEO does.

The Kids Come First Health Team’s has a digital health plan:

All of our partners that are planning a digital health investment in the next 18 months, will be supported in evaluating existing regional investments in order to identify which existing instances would be the best fit for their needs.

Kids Come First will help young people like Katherine by ensuring that health records are seamlessly shared among all of her health-care providers.