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Local Health Involvement Groups

There is a lot of change underway in the health care system right now. The Local Health Involvement Groups (LHIGs) were involved in the initial consultations that shaped the plan for the Winnipeg health region. They were also involved in providing feedback on how they felt the first round (or phase) of the changes was going and its impact on the experience of patients and families.

Health impacts all of us and we need to hear from community members about what is most important as we build this health care system together.

Our Six Local Health Involvement Groups

The Local Health Involvement Groups create opportunities for WRHA leadership to hear how health system issues are perceived by community members across the whole Winnipeg health region and also at the community area level. Each LHIG has between 11 and 15 community members.

Churchill Health Centre engagement

We have held community and staff consultations in Churchill over the past 5 years. Last May, they hosted a 3 day community engagement session. Staff meets weekly with community members to plan life promotion activities that celebrate the history, cultures, heritage, traditions, and founders of Churchill. For more information you can contact Amelia Gamvrelis at

Francophone Community Consultations

Every year, in collaboration with Santé en Français we hold a consultation with the Francophone community on a topic that the Local Health Involvement Groups explore. This year, we held a consultation on March 18th on the topic of mental health, addictions, and well-being. The report from the consultation will be posted shortly.

Previous years’ activities and reports

Each topic that the Local Health Involvement Groups explore is captured in a report put together by staff with feedback from the members. Each year, an update on how the LHIG reports and recommendations are used is written up in an annual report. And, every year a thorough evaluation of LHIG processes and outcomes is undertaken, shared with WRHA leadership, and posted on our webpages.

Volunteer Commitment

LHIG members volunteer for terms that are 3 years in length. At minimum, each group will meet 6 times per year, between September and May. Meetings are held between 5:30 and 8:00pm, sharing dinner first. To support participation, caregiver/childcare costs are reimbursed and transportation can be arranged.

Want to get involved?

We are looking for people to fill vacancies on all six of our Local Health Involvement Groups. The goal of recruitment is to build membership for each group that reflects the diversity of the communities that they live in.


We promote the Local Health Involvement Groups in a variety of ways – through our website, community newspapers, community organizations, and most importantly, through the members of our groups.


People apply to be on a Local Health Involvement Group (LHIG) based on where they live. You can take a look at the map below to see how the health region is broken up into 12 community areas. There are six LHIGs – each made up of community members from 2 community areas:

  • Downtown / Point Douglas
  • River East / Transcona
  • River Heights / Fort Garry
  • Seven Oaks / Inkster
  • St Boniface / St Vital
  • St James-Assiniboia / Assiniboine South

Some of the LHIG members are completing high school and we have others who are in their 80’s. What all members have in common is that they care about health and they want to work with others to explore and share their ideas about important issues in the health care system. Bringing people together from different backgrounds is key to learning all we can about peoples’ experience in the system.

Those working in the health care system are not eligible for the LHIGs.

Want to apply?

You can apply online or contact Colleen at 204-803-7294 or to have a package mailed to you. We will contact you when we receive your application. Everyone who applies will be interviewed and interviews will be scheduled for May to June of 2019 for terms beginning September 2019.

The 2019 deadline has passed. Please check back for more details.

Interested in getting more information?

If you have any questions or would like more information about the Local Health Involvement Groups, please contact:

Colleen Schneider
Manager, Local Health Involvement Groups
Phone: 204-803-7294

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