UTIHI was created in 2009 to serve as a local Chapter of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) Open School. The mission of the IHI Open School is to advance health care improvement and patient safety competencies in the next generation of health professionals worldwide. The IHI Open School is one of the many offerings of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), an independent not-for-profit organization based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is a leading innovator in health and health care improvement worldwide. IHI believes everyone should get the best care and health possible. This passionate belief fuels IHI’s mission to improve health and health care.
Faculty advisors, student leadership, members, and collaborators of UTIHI aim to ensure that Quality Improvement (QI) and Patient Safety (PS) education and interprofessional collaboration are not only emphasized, but integrated into healthcare professional training. Internationally recognized organizations, such as the Lucian Leape Institute and the National Patient Safety Foundation, recommend such an approach to transform organizational culture over the longer term.
Since its inception the Chapter has grown to over 200 paid members (and 800+ on our mailing list) in various programs including nursing, pharmacy, medicine, engineering, allied health sciences, social work, health policy, management, and public health at the University of Toronto.
Our Chapter believes that to provide the best care possible, we should demand the best of ourselves and the best of the system in which we work. Everyone deserves safe and effective health care, and we have been working with health care providers and leaders to fulfil that promise. To that end, UTIHI is committed to engaging with communities in the Greater Toronto Area, and works towards eliminating disparities in care across diverse populations.