Join Our Board: ICN Seeking New Members for 2024

Background Imagine Citizens Network (ICN) is looking for Board Members to join our organization. The Board of Directors provides leadership and strategic oversight to ensure the organization is working to its full potential. ICN’s mission is to enable and mobilize citizens’ ability to influence and become valued partners in improving health care experiences and health […]

Support ICN on UCalgary Giving Day 2024

Once again Imagine Citizens Network is proud to partner with the O’Brien Institute for Public Health at the University of Calgary for Giving Day 2024! This means any donations made between April 4th to 18th will be matched by the University, and your impact will be doubled! SUPPORT US ON GIVING DAY 2024!  For several […]

To the Silent Champions: Celebrating National Caregivers Day

In the intricate landscape of healthcare, one fundamental but often overlooked group are the caregivers who tirelessly dedicate their love and compassion to their loved ones. As the elderly population swells and medical demands become more complex, the significance of caregivers in our communities becomes increasingly essential. They are the silent champions, quietly bearing the […]

Shaping the future of health and care: World Cancer Day

As we stand on the brink of World Cancer Day, February 4th, a day of global unity against cancer, Imagine Citizens Network is both honoured and impassioned to share this moment with you. Our dedication to integrating citizen voices into the very core of healthcare transformation resonates deeply with the spirit of this global day […]

Collaborate with ICN to add your voice to Refocus Alberta’s Health System

As we look towards a change in Alberta’s health care system, we at ICN are excited to play a role in engaging with citizens to shape Alberta’s Health System Refocus initiative.

Join us as we explore the key principles that will support the new system along with the organizations: primary care, acute care, continuing care, and mental health and addictions. Together, we’ll identify what we hope the system will look and feel like with Alberta’s refocusing initiative.

Transforming Healthcare Together: Bringing Care Opinion to Alberta 

Our healthcare system is facing a crisis. An increasing number of people do not have access to primary care. Lengthening wait times for treatment, surgery, or to see a specialist are threatening the health and recovery of thousands of people. With our ageing population, continuing care is often disjointed and difficult to navigate while escalating […]

Creating the Conditions for Safe Care: Interoperability Saves Lives Report

Written by Teri Price, Co-Chair of the Alberta Virtual Care Coordinating Body (AVCCB) and Executive Director of Greg’s Wings.  Two things have been top of mind lately, the conversations we had about safe healthcare during Canadian Patient Safety Week, and the release of the Interoperability Saves Lives report. Over the last 10+ years, we have […]

Shaping the future of mental health care: World Mental Health Day 2023

Every year, on October 10th, the world comes together to observe World Mental Health Day, a day that reminds us of the profound impact mental health has on individuals, communities, and societies. It’s a day when we collectively raise our voices to spread awareness about mental health issues and advocate for better access to mental […]

ICN Collaboration with Precision Health: Block Week 2023

Imagine Citizen Network (ICN) members have proudly been active participants in the Precision Health (PH) program at the University of Calgary’s Cumming School of Medicine since its inception in August 2021.   The program aims to provide healthcare tailored to individual characteristics and has four streams:  Quality and Safety Health Professional Education Innovation and Entrepreneurship Precision […]

ICN Welcomes New Board Members

At our June 2023 Annual General Meeting, ICN welcomed four new Board members and for the first time since our founding in 2015, a new Board Chair.  ICN is pleased to welcome Stephen Samis as Board Chair.  Stephen relocated to Edmonton one year ago after working across Canada in health policy areas for many years.

ICN’s Post Election Message

Imagine Citizens Network would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Premier Smith and the United Conservative Party on their victory in our recent provincial election. We would like to congratulate Rachel Notley and the New Democratic Party for their successes as well as all candidates who stepped up in the election to serve Albertans.

The new government has a mandate to pursue, over the next four years, improvements that will move us toward the goals of a more prosperous, generous and equitable province. Both major parties campaigned to improve healthcare in many key areas, and Premier Smith talked about making Alberta’s healthcare system the best in the world. That is a goal that ICN is fully committed to working collaboratively to achieve. 

Citizen Insights: Alberta Clinical Research Consortium Engagement Project

Early in 2023, Imagine Citizens Network was invited by Alberta Innovates-Health to speak with Albertans about their awareness and understanding of clinical health research (CHR) in Alberta.

CHR in Alberta aims to improve wellness and health outcomes by developing new treatments and technologies or approaches to care.

Giving Day – Make a Gift Today

Imagine Citizens Network, in partnership with the O’Brien Institute for Public Health at the University of Calgary, is thrilled to invite you to participate in Giving Day. Your donation will be doubled thanks to matching funds from the University!

Last year, we saw an incredible demand for our citizen engagement services. We are proud to be a trusted and respected organization that brings citizen perspectives to the forefront.

Engaging Albertans on Modernizing Alberta’s Primary Health Care System

Imagine Citizens Network (ICN) has been working with Albertans to capture what matters most to them about primary healthcare and share these insights with the Modernizing Alberta’s Primary Health Care System (MAPS) initiative. The goal is to identify immediate and long-term improvements that can build on Alberta’s many primary health care successes. 

ICN engaged with 32 Albertans from across the province to identify guiding principles that reflect people’s values regarding the redesign and delivery of primary care programs, services, and care.

Addressing the Social Determinants of Health – Modernizing Primary Health and Care

This is the third story in our series Modernizing Primary Health and Care where we share the recommendations we provided to Alberta Health’s Modernizing Alberta’s Primary Health Care System (MAPS) initiative.

Our health is shaped by a complex set of factors, including genetics, lifestyle choices, environment, and social determinants of health. Social determinants of health refer to a wide range of social, economic, and environmental factors that affect our health, such as income, housing, education, and discrimination.

Advice to the National Roundtable on Primary Care

Last fall, Judy Birdsell, ICN’s Board Chair, had the rare opportunity to meet and hear from leaders in Primary Care from other parts of Canada at the invitation of The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Health.

“This was an invaluable experience, not only to have ICN’s voice at a national table, but to meet ten other exemplary leaders in Primary Healthcare from across Canada,” says Judy. “This opportunity has enabled connections with several individuals at the roundtable.”

With input from ICN members, we brought the following key messages to the Roundtable:

Focusing on Community – Modernizing Primary Health and Care

While a citizen-centred approach to health is essential, many factors beyond an individual and his/her family impact health. Health is a community accomplishment. Structural and social community assets such as easily accessible recreation facilities, green spaces, employment opportunities, affordable housing, safe roads, faith-based and cultural organizations, and service clubs are examples that contribute to health outcomes.

Healthy Aging in Alberta – Measuring What Matters 

The recent Healthy Aging in Alberta: Measuring What Matters project led by Imagine Citizens Network, in partnership with Alberta Health Services (AHS) and the University of Alberta, was a unique opportunity for citizens to help AHS identify the most important measures of quality in its work with seniors, continuing-care clients, and their supporting caregivers to improve health, well-being and independence. 

Becoming Citizen-Centred – Modernizing Primary Health and Care

At Imagine Citizens Network, we believe citizen-centred care should be a priority in reforming Alberta’s primary health system. 

Citizen-centred care considers the individual in the context of their life, their environment and social context and the opportunities life has afforded or limited, and the health and community options available in them. This needs to be the starting point for primary health: the understanding of the context in which the citizen lives.