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