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More about our
OHT - 

Better access for all 


The Ottawa Health Team – Équipe Santé Ottawa (OHT – ÉSO) is part of the first cohort of OHTs to be approved in Ontario in December 2019. It is made up of LOCAL health and social service providers and client, family and caregiver partners. 



Our health team is looking at all factors that affect people’s health: not just medical but also the social, economic, cultural and other aspects of life that support wellbeing. Focusing on the social determinants of health is key to our vision of wellness, shifting away from hospital-based care to truly community-based support. 



We want to work as one team, making services more accessible and streamlining the system for everyone. We are committed to coordinating transitions across points of care, including timely sharing of information through digital health records. Providers, including physicians, nurse practitioners, social workers, and nurses, spend a lot of time trying to help people get the care and support they need. This efficient system will be of greater benefit to the people using services and their families or caregivers.  





The people who are part of our OHT - ÉSO come from a wide range of different backgrounds and experiences.

The OHT - ÉSO is committed to ensuring Ottawa’s health and social service system respects that diversity. 

We operate on unceded Algonquin and Anishinabek territory and we’re committed to working with and for Indigenous peoples and Indigenous-led organizations to address health disparities.


We are in a French-language Services Designated Area where twenty percent of our population is francophone, the highest proportion of any region in Ontario. We are committed to ensuring that quality health services are available in both French and English, and are provided in ways that are culturally safe.  

Our diverse community also includes people of all races, faiths, abilities, sexual orientations, and gender identities in urban, suburban and rural settings.  

A "big picture" approach

A simpler system

A diverse community

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