History of YWHO
YWHO was inspired by the integrated collaborative care team model developed by youth, family members, clinicians and researchers as part of the YouthCan IMPACT research project launched in 2014, funded by Ontario SPOR Support Unit, Canadian Institutes of Health Research and philanthropic partners.
YouthCan IMPACT used a pragmatic randomized controlled trial design to test the Integrative Collaborative Care Team approach as compared to hospital outpatient psychiatric services (see https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2016-014080 for more details).
As part of the YouthCan IMPACT trial, hubs were developed and implemented in Toronto to serve both research participants and community youth. These hubs later became part of Youth Wellness Hubs Ontario.