Gail is an Operations Committee member, Evidence Support Working Group Co-lead and cares a great deal about the health care system as a way of supporting people in having good health and good lives.
Over the last 4 months IMAGINE held six regional meetings across the province. We would like to sincerely thank everyone who joined us and shared their thoughts in Wainwright, Stettler, Peace River, Pincher Creek, Okotoks and Brocket. Participants from these communities shared their thoughts about their health care experiences and a number of key themes […]
“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 […]
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 […]
Central to IMAGINE Citizens Collaborating for Health’s vision and mission is the concept of a patient- and family- or person-centred health care system. In such a system, family is broadly defined (by the patient/resident) and can include a close friend or other key support person.
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.
Pierre Alvarez: “I’m a patient. I’m scared, desperate and in pain. I expect the system to understand that.”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gt_TQYDSGns It was a simple injury and not uncommon. But when Pierre Alvarez slipped on the ice in his backyard, he was thrust into a healthcare journey that was anything but simple or common. The fall left Alvarez, at the time a mid-50s senior executive and family man with a passion for the outdoors, with […]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvOjkDC8pB0 Carol suffered brain damage at birth, leaving her to face life with mental disabilities. Being part of a community and a sense of belonging were important to her, says her sister Lisa. But as her schizoaffective disorder took hold in her later years, an effective support team became critical. She found that support network in the […]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x2u_Emb_uDQ Anne Findlay’s life is intricately intertwined with the healthcare system. It’s a connection that stems from the death of her mother after she was injured at the hands of those who were supposed to heal her. Beth Findlay had lost her husband, and had been forced from her home and community after suffering a […]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0Occ8KN9Kw There are times when a healthy return to normal life from a medical condition is not an option. Sometimes, making the best of a bad situation with the help of plenty of compassion is all one can ask for. For Anne Ewen’s husband, diabetes eventually became a death sentence. There came a time when […]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1vBraTx8bcA The death of her brother Greg shook Teri Price to the core. A few painful weeks later, the young Calgary woman found herself navigating the same healthcare system behind the fateful chain of medical errors that killed her brother. Greg’s death in May 2012 was painful and mere months after her brother’s death, it […]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BYPK5otOfFY Life changed forever for John Cuthbertson when he took his wife Dawn into the Foothills hospital emergency room one cold, November day. She would never leave the hospital and would face death in the Foothills’ Unit 36, a special unit where only the very sick are treated. “I had no idea what my family […]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lAl2x-qX2kQ The birth of a child is supposed to be the beginning of a parent’s lifetime of joy. For Gail MacKean, the birth of her son marked the beginning of a life-long journey through Alberta’s healthcare system, a journey marred by confusion, fear and frustration. MacKean’s story is the story of a family left in […]
As someone who has served as a leader in several energy giants in Calgary, Alberta, Charlie Fischer is an icon in the business community. So it was that when he was diagnosed with stage four throat cancer, he brought to bear an impressive team and strategy to his battle against the disease. By his side […]
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.
With 25 years of experience caring for others as an optician and partner in the family home building centre, Linda brings passion and tenacity to IMAGINE. She has a can-do attitude, keen organizational skills and firm understanding that you can, and need to, take ownership of your outcomes (whether these are for your business or […]
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.
Alana has a BSc in chemical engineering from Queen’s University, in Kingston, Ont. She is the founder and president of Who to Call Inc., a Calgary startup that connects Calgary homeowners with quality home renovation and maintenance professionals. Alana juggles a busy family and career life and describes herself as an inspired forever learner. With her […]
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).
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.
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 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.