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Newborn with hospital bracelet sleeping soundly holding nurse's fingers for MNCYN's Regional Perinatal Program.


Girl in hospital bed smiling at doctor for MNCYN's Regional Paediatric Program.


Keeping Care Close to Home with the MNCYN


An integrated family-centred system of care, focused on participation, partnerships and accountability this was the vision that gave birth to the Maternal, Newborn, Child and Youth Network (MNCYN) in 2009. This comprehensive network evolved from the Southwestern Ontario Perinatal Outreach Program as it partnered for decades with regional hospitals to provide professional education and consultative support. Today, this close collaboration among public health, acute care and community care organizations is resulting into a more responsive system of maternal and child care in Southwestern Ontario. Working together to keep care close to home for families, our purpose is to enable the consistent delivery of safe, quality maternal, newborn, child and youth care across our region. Our Network is seen as adding significant value through its ability to provide:

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Improved Health
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Seamless Systems
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Enhanced Learning
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Connected and Informed

MNCYN’s medical leadership and consultants sit on governing bodies at regional, provincial and national levels. Participation in diverse and influential health care organizations provides a depth of experience and perspective to better inform our network.

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Our Network is Your Community

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What’s New

National Nursing Week May 10-16, 2021

MNCYN recognizes National Nursing Week and is proud to partner with Nurses all across our region to improve the health care for Maternal-Newborn, Children and Youth.

About National Nursing Week

The week draws attention to nurses, increasing the awareness of the public, policy-makers and governments of the many contributions of nursing to the well-being of Canadians.

In 1971, ICN designated May 12, the birthday of nursing pioneer Florence Nightingale, as International Nurses Day. In 1985, CNA members passed a resolution to begin negotiations with the federal government to have the week containing May 12 proclaimed as National Nurses Week annually. Soon after, the federal minister of health proclaimed the second week of May as National Nurses Week. In 1993, the name was changed to National Nursing Week to emphasize the profession’s accomplishments as a discipline.

#CNA2021 #WeAnswerTheCall #IKnowANurse #NationalNursingWeek #IND2021 #Nurses2021

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Strategic Partnership Provides VEGA Resources

The VEGA (Violence, Evidence, Guidance, and Action) Project has created evidence-based guidance and education resources to assist healthcare and social service providers (including students and residents) in recognizing and responding safely to family violence (child maltreatment and intimate partner violence). MNCYN is a strategic partner in the VEGA initiative. VEGA is free and publicly available.

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Fansawe College Respiratory Therapy program honoured with national gold award.

Fanshawe College is proud to announce that its Respiratory Therapy program has been awarded the Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) Gold Program Excellence Award. The CICan Excellence Awards recognizes and showcases extraordinary contributions and success in advancing the College, the community and post-secondary education in Canada.

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#MidwiferyDataMatters: Supporting midwives to enter and access quality BORN data

Introducing the BORN-AOM Knowledge Translation task force

Have you ever wished you could quantify the many non-pharmaceutical pain management mechanisms midwives use to support their clients during labour? Or perhaps you are curious to know how many consults or transfers of care occurred due to hospital protocol rather than midwives’ clinical judgement? The AOM has heard these concerns and as of April 5, 2021, the BORN Information System (BIS) has begun collecting this and other crucial, midwifery-specific information.

NACIC2021 – 1st North American Conference on Integrated Care, Toronto, Canada

Innovation. Inspiration. Integration: Co-designing for health and wellbeing with individuals and communities

The 1st North American Conference on Integrated Care in association with the 6th World Congress on Integrated Care will be run as a virtual conference in  partnership with the University of Toronto, KPMG Canada, HSPN and iCOACH from 4 – 7 October 2021. With the overarching theme ‘Co-designing for health and wellbeing with individuals and communities’, the conference will bring together leaders, researchers, clinicians, managers, citizens, patients and caregivers from around the world who are engaged in the design and delivery of integrated health and social care.

Celebrations and Accomplishments

LHSC partners with Ontario hospitals to expand virtual urgent care
New website provides access to virtual urgent care for adults, children and youth in southwestern Ontario

St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, Children’s Hospital at London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) and Hamilton Health Sciences are partnering in a joint pilot initiative to offer virtual urgent care services to residents of southwestern Ontario.

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UPDATE: MNCYN Paediatric Dashboard Initiative

The Paediatric Dashboard is a collaborative improvement initiative of MNCYN that will enable each hospital partner to report on key paediatric metrics and compare these results to provincial benchmarks (if available), and established standards determined through evidence summaries and partner consensus. This dashboard could be utilized to monitor and evaluate quality care, identify practice needs unique to each organization, and identify opportunities for growth within our network. Our vision is this dashboard will contribute to consistent, quality paediatric care being delivered as close to home as possible across our network.

The first step for this initiative has been developed by Tara Fernley (RN, BScN), a Paediatric Nurse at Children’s Hospital in London, Ontario, and a Master of Nursing Student at the University of British Columbia, the Okanagan Campus.  Tara has taken on this initiative as part of her graduate studies Capstone Project, under the mentorship of Leanne McArthur and Kristine Fraser of MNCYN.

Please watch this 10 min. video presentation for more information on the Paediatric Dashboard initiative, by pressing the button below.

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MNCYN would like to congratulate Elana Johnson on being recognized as a YMCA of Southsestern Ontario Women of Excellence 2021  Honouree

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Recognizes outstanding achievement or contributions to the health, wellness, science, or technology industries. Elana Johnson’s contribution to Ontario midwifery, historically and in recent activities, is a demonstration of her fierce commitment to midwives – a profession made up almost entirely of women and in service to clients, who are almost exclusively women.




MNCYN is a partnership of public health, acute care and community care organizations focused on providing integrated family-centric health care. Our Network members are increasingly being recognized as leaders among peer organizations in Ontario. We offer organizational, health care professional and student membership levels. Invest in our future – join MNCYN today!

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