The critical role of patient engagement

We strongly believe that the experience patients and families have is extremely valuable and is needed to design a truly patient-centred health care system. IMAGINE wants to learn, share and work together so citizens-patients can be effective partners in shaping the health care system as well as being active partners in their own health care. Keep reading →

Coming to a community near you

IMAGINE Citizens Collaborating for Health is a citizen-led organization consisting of Albertans who share their knowledge, unique stories and health care experience to not only reflect the current health care landscape, but also help shape our health care system. It is important that IMAGINE has a clear picture of these diverse experiences along with a good understanding of what is most important to citizens when it comes to shaping our health care system. Keep reading →

IMAGINE turns 1!

One year ago today, a group of like-minded patient, family and citizen champions partnered with the O’Brien Institute for Public Health to host a forum with the following aim – “We can do better in Alberta in improving the experience of health care, and the quality, safety and outcomes of our care”. The forum brought together visionary health care providers, educators, politicians and citizens and connected with more than 400 attendees, another 275 via our webcastKeep reading →

Ask the Locals! Spotlight on collaboration and success in Wainwright, Alberta

On November 9, 2015, the Edmonton Journal published an opinion piece called Heed the locals on land issues. The piece prompted Shirley Witholt, a life-long Wainwright resident who has recently moved to Edmonton, to reflect on her journey with community level advocacy and leadership in continuing care.

Yes, ask the locals!  Since we formed our advocacy group (Advocates for Designated Supportive Living Residents – Wainwright) in January 2013, we have spoken with many who have or who had loved ones in continuing care. Keep reading →

The Better Together Campaign: Because families are more than visitors – they are partners in care

We are excited to announce that IMAGINE Citizens Collaborating for Health has signed on as an endorsing organization for the Better Together campaign. The Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement (CFHI), in partnership with the Institute for Patient- and Family-Centered Care and other leading healthcare organizations across Canada, launched this campaign on November 10th.

The Better Together: Partnering with Families campaign encourages hospitals to adopt family presence policies that view family members as ‘partners in care’ rather than as ‘visitors.’ Keep reading →