Person-Centred Care in Precision Health

Imagine Citizens Network (ICN) has started collaborating with the Cumming School of Medicine as they launch a new program called Precision Health[1]. The first course of the four streams launched this August.  The first course was designed as a Foundations block-week where all participants came together.  Central to the planning for that block week was the emphasis […]

The Crazy Slow Adoption of Person-Centred Care

There is an adoption problem with the concept of person-centred care (PCC). The precepts of this concept were detailed almost 30 years ago, and it has been vigorously promoted ever since. And while a commitment to PCC can be found on every Canadian health system website, it’s struggling to gain traction in what continues to be a discouragingly provider-driven healthcare system. What’s afoot? Why the crazy slow adoption of PCC?

We are now Imagine Citizens Network!

IMAGINE Citizens has refreshed its brand to become Imagine Citizens Network (ICN)!  Our new name and bold new logo will better support us in building awareness of who we are and what we’re about as we continue to grow our presence in Alberta. We are indeed a network of health citizens, community partners, health-oriented organizations and innovators aimed at transforming health and care in Alberta.

True Co-Design for Patient Guide

“I just assumed my family doctor was aware.” This is a common assumption amongst Albertans who have needed care outside of that received from their primary care physician. Unfortunately, this is often not the case due to a lack of continuity of information flow between hospitals and primary care providers. The good news is that […]

The Power of Storytelling

Amongst humans, storytelling has been a practice and an art for thousands of years. Early societies transferred their histories, aspects of their cultures and their knowledge to younger generations through stories, and some Indigenous peoples still do. Storytelling is also a powerful way to gain the attention of others; the life of the party is […]

Falling Through the Cracks: Greg’s Story

IMAGINE Citizens Collaborating for Health was honoured to collaborate with Greg’s Wings to host a virtual screening and discussion of Falling Through the Cracks: Greg’s Story. The event on November 25, 2020, united 24 viewers from across Alberta and other provinces.

IMAGINE COVID Survey Findings

In late August to mid-September 2020, IMAGINE Citizens conducted a brief survey of people in or connected to our community about citizen involvement in future pandemic planning and decision-making.

IMAGINE Citizens has joined the ACCESS 2022 movement

Access 2022 is a social movement to create a new day for health care in Canada, one where Canadians have access to their health information and digitally-enabled tools and services to better manage their care.

The input of everyday Albertans made a difference

A year ago, IMAGINE Citizens Collaborating for Health completed a project in which we had an in-depth conversation with 28 Albertans over the course of several months on two topics that were top of mind to Alberta Health (government ministry responsible for health).

MyHealth Record

The Government of Alberta has recently launched a new portal that makes it possible for Albertans to access some of our health information online. This is a first important step toward making our complete health record a tool for us to use to ensure our care is seamless and effective.

Building networks and hearing from Albertans – IMAGINE Citizens 2018 year in review

Four years ago, the grassroots movement that became IMAGINE Citizens was born with Friday morning meetings at the O’Brien Institute for Health at the University of Calgary involving a small group of people passionate about health and health care. This past year has been one of our busiest. Here is recap of IMAGINE Citizen’s accomplishments throughout 2018.

Connect Care welcomes input from IMAGINE Citizens

Connect Care is a new clinical information system being designed to link Alberta Health Services facilities, programs and services. Learn more about this collaborative effort being launched in the fall of 2019.

How personalizing health systems adds value for citizens

EDITOR’S NOTE: SCAN Health is a partner of IMAGINE Citizens. It is dedicated to advancing health systems to achieve the best possible experiences and outcomes for patients through supply chain transformation. Health systems can become more patient-centred by personalizing their structures, services and care delivery models. These changes enable citizens to be more engaged in […]

An appeal from someone living with dementia

Editor’s Note: Jim Mann is a person living with a diagnosis of dementia. He is a member of VOICES – a citizen committee that is an important part of the Canada-wide research program called Translating Research in Elder Care (TREC). On June 13, 2018, the whole TREC team spent at day in Edmonton. The group […]

Initiative will ease patients’ return home

The Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement (CFHI) is launching a 17-month collaborative to improve patient and caregiver experiences during transitions from hospital to home.

Falling through the Cracks: Greg’s Story

My brother Greg Price died after delayed diagnosis and treatment related to testicular cancer. He was young, athletic, intelligent, and an advocate for himself. Despite that poor hand-offs, breaks in care and lack of support led to his unexpected death nearly 6 years ago.