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SouthWestern Academic Health Network (SWAHN)

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The goal of the SouthWestern Academic Health Network (SWAHN) is to positively transform health outcomes and delivery of healthcare in Southwestern Ontario through integrated excellence in research, education and clinical practice.  SWAHN brings together professionals, educators and researchers across all health disciplines, including partners in the universities, colleges, hospitals, research organizations, healthcare delivery organizations, clinicians, educators and local health integration networks to achieve extensive, sustainable and evidence-based health outcomes for communities and residents of Southwestern Ontario.

By bringing together partners in healthcare delivery, health education and health research, SWAHN can improve the identification, adoption and spread of innovative health services across our region.  Ultimately, through the power of unprecedented collaboration we can accomplish extensive, sustainable and evidence-based outcomes for Southwestern Ontario communities and residents.

SWAHN, a virtual network of networks, is guided by a Steering Committee of health leaders chaired by Dr Gillian Kernaghan, President and Chief Executive Officer of St. Joseph’s Health Care London. These participating organizations provide financial support to the network and include area hospitals in London, Windsor, Sarnia, Chatham, Strathroy, Stratford and Owen Sound; universities and colleges (including Western University, University of Windsor, University of Waterloo, Fanshawe College, St. Clair College, and Lambton College); community and research organizations (Erie St. Clair Community Care Access Centre and Lawson Health Research Institute); and Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) in the South West and Erie St. Clair regions.

The purpose of the SWAHN is to improve the health of the population of Southwestern Ontario and be a national leader in health care, education and research by:

  1. Leading the development of innovative and value-added health care services, education and research, evaluation and knowledge
  2. Accelerating the dissemination of research-based evidence and leading practices into clinical practice to enhance patient and population health outcomes, quality, accessibility and affordability of health care
  3. Integrating innovative collaborative models of education with health care delivery and research
  4. Engaging community partners, patients and families to inform the academic service integration
  5. Identifying appropriate performance measures to monitor progress and performance
  6. Enhancing and advancing synergy and the sharing of resources between our organizations for mutual benefit in integrated patient care, education and research.

For more information on SWAHN, please contact Catherine Joyes, SWAHN Manager.