Spotlight On: Gail MacKean, IMAGINE Citizens member who is driving change in patient-centred health care
By Margaret Ferguson Our series, Spotlight On, introduces you to the people actively involved with IMAGINE Citizens.This month features Gail MacKean, Operations Committee member and Evidence Support Working Group Co-lead, who 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 […]
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 […]
IMAGINE Citizens and Greg’s Wings have developed a Statement of Principles for Personal Health Information to serve as a foundation for further conversations with Albertans around their ownership of and the access they have to their Personal Health Information. Read the full document.
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. Read the survey results summary.
Read about Community Conversations, our new communications coordinator, our AGM and more.
Read about Community Conversations, surveys on pandemic planning and youth mental health, Patient Safety Day and more.
Read about Charlie Fischer, our new mission, vision and principles, and more.
My Piece of the COVID Puzzle: A Poem for the TimesComposed by Jacqui Lynn Fidlar, Mezzo-Soprano and Actor, IMAGINE Citizens Member Where do I fit into this COVID puzzle?Where do you?Are we scared; are we blue?Time creeps and reels inexorablyTowards a distant horizon,Recognizing neither passion norResponsibility amid the erosionOf Life_ As_ We_ Know_ It…But Come! […]
April 1, 2020 Alberta’s physicians are on the front line in our province’s fight against the terrible COVID-19 pandemic, literally putting their lives at risk to save others. It’s hard to imagine a worse time for this government to move forward with plans to cut their compensation.
Welcome to the most recent edition of the IMAGINE newsletter. IMAGINE Citizens Collaborating for Health is a grassroots initiative started by Albertans who joined together to improve our health-care system. We hope you enjoy the newsletter. Please feel free to send us any comments, suggestions or if you want to get more involved.
The report, What We Heard – A First Glance, is now on our events webpage along with conference resources and link to a video recording of most presentations. In all, 244 people gathered in Calgary, Peace River and Edmonton while 200 more Albertans joined the conference via live stream. With the hashtag #IMAGINEeHealth the topic trended number 1 in […]
A collaboration between IMAGINE and the University of Alberta, Med Wise is a peer-led, skill-based educational and behavioral intervention designed for seniors to help manage their medication and improve communication with their pharmacist.
I can do that Our series, Spotlight On, introduces you to the people actively involved with IMAGINE Citizens. This month features Linda Kolewaski, organizer and facilitator of Med Wise Alberta. 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. […]
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. IMAGINE Citizens is pleased to join other organizations, industry, health care providers and Canadians to transform care. As new technologies […]