The Alliance for Healthier Communities is a vibrant network of over 100 community-governed primary health care organizations. Although diverse and dispersed, they share a commitment to advancing health equity through comprehensive primary health care and have a mandate to improve the health and well-being of people who experience barriers such as marginalization, poverty, and health complexity. Our work is grounded in a model wherein evidence-based primary care is integrated with community development and support for the social and structural determinants of health. Since 2015, we have been on a journey of becoming a learning health system in which participants constantly learn and share knowledge about best practices, and where they are committed to continuous, meaningful quality improvement. Our learning health system is nicknamed EPIC, for Equity, Performance, Improvement, and Change, and it shares its name with the EPIC Practice-based Learning Network. The EPIC PBLN is unique among Ontario’s PBLNs because of its provincial and interprofessional scope and its mandate to advance health equity.
Leadership | Dr. Jennifer Rayner, PhD
Director of Research and Evaluation, Alliance for Healthier Communities
Dr. Jennifer Rayner is the Director of Research and Evaluation at the Alliance for Healthier Communities. She is an applied health services researcher with interests in primary health care, interprofessional teams, health equity and quality improvement. She is an Adjunct Research Professor at Western University within the Centre for Studies in Family Medicine and an Associate Professor at University of Toronto in the Institute of Health Policy Management and Evaluation. Jennifer works in collaboration with researchers, evaluators and policy makers to improve care for people with barriers. She received her PhD of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Western and completed post-doctoral training at Ryerson University.
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