Collaborating to transform
health and care in Alberta
Imagine Citizens Network is an Alberta-based network of people and community-oriented partners that offers us, as health citizens, collaboration pathways to deliver person-centred healthcare.
Our vision is a health system intentionally designed in partnership between citizens and other stakeholders to achieve the best possible experiences and outcomes for all Albertans.
This aphorism is useful in many settings, including when talking about person-centred care (PCC) and about patient engagement, without which PCC will never achieve its promise. It’s relevant because when communities and citizens continue to accept non-person-centred healthcare, they are effectively promoting non-engagement. The following anecdotes are revealing. I talked this week with a woman who is fearful about her next doctor visit. She knows he will press
A Declaration of Health Data Rights, endorsed by ICN and other organizations, has been published for the first time in Canada offering citizens a much needed guideline to their rights regarding health data and their control of it. One of ICN’s Board members, Alana Kitchen, is part of The Data Working Group, a small group of volunteers from diverse patient organizations and citizen groups, most with lived experience,