Healthcare 101 aims to help Albertans experience healthcare in a more positive way. It will provide free online information about four themes that citizens in Alberta have identified as necessary to better understand how their healthcare ecosystem works. The project is co-led by citizens, patients and families working with IMAGINE, with the Strategic Clinical Networks™ and a host of other partners and citizen volunteers.
The policy known as “Family Presence” enables patients to designate family members and loved ones who can stay by their side 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 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.” IMAGINE’s volunteers led the development of the Better Together materials that help families become active partners in care.
The Primary Healthcare Engagement Project will provide participants with an evidence-based introduction to some potential new directions in how community care might be delivered in Alberta in the future. IMAGINE Citizens will be hosting a dialogue with a diverse group of Albertans on proposed changes for accessing effective community-based care. Participants will have the opportunity to reflect on potential implications, and to contribute solutions and alternatives that will be included in recommendations provided to Alberta Health.
IMAGINE was very excited to join the Collaboration for Change Initiative (CCI) in 2016. CCI is a coalition of organizations in Alberta that have a commitment to improving primary health care through dialogue, mutual exploration, and citizen-centred action.