The purpose of our work is to help Albertans to understand our health system and to engage effectively in health related activities such as discussions related to our own health and health system improvement activities. 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.
IMAGINE recruited 25 members of the general public to be part of an important conversation. Through a multi-step dialogue process, we are bringing together these Albertans from across the province to learn about, analyze and make recommendations about how health care is delivered in our communities.
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.