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.
As citizens demand and expect to be heard, we’re exploring new ways to facilitate their engagement including adopting an established citizen and healthcare provider interaction platform that’s in use in other countries. It’s called Care Opinion. Care Opinion was established in the United Kingdom in 2005 and has demonstrated positive impacts to inform clinical, operational and policy improvements in healthcare delivery across England, Scotland, Ireland and Australia.
We have been exploring the feasibility of bringing this platform to Alberta and although it is still early days, we’re optimistic that we will secure the support needed.
When you give between now and April 27, your gift can go twice as far — but only if you give early. All eligible gifts up to $2,500 will be matched, dollar for dollar, while matching funds last.
A few highlights of our work this past year:
Connecting for Impact program. In this pilot program, we trained and paired ICN volunteer facilitators with international medical graduates from the Alberta International Medical Graduates Association to facilitate seven health focused conversations with 98 participants from newcomer communities. Our report identified sources of community strength, ways to navigate the healthcare system, and the concerns and priorities of people in newcomer communities.
Modernizing Alberta’s Primary Health Care System (MAPS) ICN conducted citizen engagement to provide recommendations into this Alberta Health initiative. Our report (not yet available) identified twelve guiding principles that matter to citizens in primary health system changes, provided action strategies, and advised on how to conduct meaningful engagements with people in the future.
Healthy Aging in Alberta (for Alberta Health Services). Through a series of engagement opportunities, we connected province-wide with older adults with a range of personal and caregiving experiences to identify Quality Indicators relevant to seniors’ health and the continuing care sector. Final report here.
Precision Health Program (Cumming School of Medicine). Our continued participation in this program has enabled us to help shape the future of healthcare by influencing the upcoming generation of healthcare leaders. Last year several ICN members with loved ones in long-term care collaborated with learners on projects related to Quality Improvement in long-term care, and served as Patient Partners in designing the Quality Improvement course.