Building networks and hearing from Albertans – IMAGINE Citizens 2018 year in review

By Judy Birdsell and Charlie Fischer

Four years ago, the grassroots movement that became IMAGINE Citizens was born with Friday morning meetings at the O’Brien Institute for Health at the University of Calgary involving a small group of people passionate about health and health care. This past year has been one of our busiest. Here is recap of IMAGINE Citizen’s accomplishments throughout 2018.

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How personalizing health systems adds value for citizens

EDITOR’S NOTE: SCAN Health is a partner of IMAGINE Citizens. It is dedicated to advancing health systems to achieve the best possible experiences and outcomes for patients through supply chain transformation.

Health systems can become more patient-centred by personalizing their structures, services and care delivery models. These changes enable citizens to be more engaged in decisions about their health and wellness.
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An appeal from someone living with dementia

Editor’s Note: Jim Mann is a person living with a diagnosis of dementia. He is a member of VOICES – a citizen committee that is an important part of the Canada-wide research program called Translating Research in Elder Care (TREC). On June 13, 2018, the whole TREC team spent at day in Edmonton. The group included researchers from across Canada, the U.S. and Sweden; policy-makers; research staff, leaders in long-term care facilities;
citizens with a diagnosis of dementia; and caregivers. The purpose of the day was to enhance the engagement of people affected by the disease in all aspects of research. Jim Mann told his story.

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Edmonton citizens connect with IMAGINE Citizens

By Stephanie Montesanti and Alexandra Harrison

On June 14, IMAGINE Citizens hosted an energetic networking event at the
Edmonton Intercultural Centre. It was an opportunity to connect with colleagues
and make new friends. About 20 participants from diverse backgrounds
joined half a dozen IMAGINE Citizens volunteers for an evening of conversation
and making connections.

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Making Connections and Building Momentum: A Calgary Networking Event

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Are you interested in what’s happening with healthcare in Alberta? At IMAGINE, we’re not only interested, but actively working to improve it.

Would you like to be part of the conversation? Your voice matters to us. IMAGINE is always looking for ways to involve more Albertans in the discussion.

We invite you to join us for an interactive information session and discussion over lunch on Saturday, April 28.

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