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Frequenty Asked Questions


What are Local Health Involvement Groups or LHIGs?

Local Health Involvement Groups or “LHIGs” are made up of citizens who care about health and health services.  They are established to explore and provide advice to the Board of Northern Health Region on issues that impact the delivery of local health services.  

There are 2 permanent Local Health Involvement Groups in the Northern Health Region. These 2 are based on geography, demographics and culture. Each LHIG will have a minimum of 10 members.

They are: 

  • Flin Flon/The Pas and Area
  • Thompson and Area

Who can apply to be a member of a Local Health Involvement Group?

Anyone who lives within the service area of the Northern Health Region can apply to be a member of a LHIG with the exception of anyone who is currently employed by the Northern Health Region or directly associated with the Northern Health Region such as, Diagnostic Services Manitoba (DSM), or our major suppliers like ARAMARK, etc.

To find out about the LHIG closest to you please call 1.888.340.6742 or call Keely Steele, Community Engagement Coordinator at 204.627.6803 or email

How are members selected?

Community members apply for membership to Board Chair of the Northern Health Region. LHIG Members are appointed by the Board of the Northern Health Region, ensuring that diverse geography and points of view are represented in each LHIG.  Citizens who are selected to be a member of a LHIG should:

  • have a passion for health and a desire to help improve the health system;
  • like to think about the “Big Picture”, and can think about the needs of others;
  • be good listeners; and
  • be comfortable sharing ideas in a group.

Are LHIG members paid?

No.  LHIG members are volunteers and are not paid for their participation.  We encourage everyone to apply.  Efforts will be made to accommodate specific requirements.

What is the commitment to being a member of a LHIG?

  • Terms of LHIGs will be 3 years with an opportunity for one re-appointment for a maximum of 6 years of service. Appointments will be made in such a way as to have an organized rotation of members providing for renewal while maintaining continuity. The first members to each group will be appointed for 1, 2, or 3 year terms to establish a rotational pattern. All subsequent appointments will be for 3 years.
  • At least one face-to-face meeting per year that will directly coincide with our annual Northern Health Summit in October. A minimum of 3 other meetings per year using Telehealth, teleconference and/or audio-visual (web-based) communication as required.
  • Each LHIG is co-chaired by a community member and Northern Health Region Board member.

What will the Region do with my feedback?

A report of the discussions that occurred within the regional LHIGs will be presented to the Northern Health Region Board of Directors and will become part of the considerations in decision making.  The Board will communicate with the LHIGs about how their feedback helped their deliberations and decision making.

How do I apply?

Applications are to be made to the Chair of the Northern Health Region.

To apply on-line to be a member of a LHIG please go to or if you prefer, you may download and print an application form and apply in person or by mail.  If making application in person/by mail please direct applications to:

Chair, Northern Health Region
c/o Keely Steele
Box 240, 163 Edwards Avenue
The Pas, MB R9A 1K4

Applications can be picked up and dropped off at all of our regional offices located in Flin Flon, The Pas and Thompson. Once we receive your application, you will be contacted to discuss the next steps.

Where can I get more information?

For more information contact: Keely Steele, Community Engagement Coordinator
Phone: 204-627-6803
Cell: 204-620-2032
Toll Free: 1-888-340-6742
By email:

By mail: K.Steele
Community Engagement Coordinator
Northern Health Region
Box 240, 163 Edwards Avenue
The Pas, MB  R9A 1K4

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