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 years, we have maintained a close partnership with the O’Brien Institute for Public Health at the University of Calgary and we’re grateful that they have once again extended an invitation for us to be a part of Giving Day.

Our work is made possible through the generosity of our donors and this Giving Day it’s our goal to raise $50,000. These dollars will directly support: 

  • Engagement programs that listen to the voices of community members and raise awareness about important issues in healthcare.
  • Community-based research that gathers citizen perspectives that lead to results-driven reports and surveys that guide policymakers and healthcare stakeholders.
  • The development of digital platforms that are collaborative spaces for citizens, health care providers and administrators. 
  • Resources that support the remarkable volunteers who continue to champion the importance of citizens and communities informing and improving quality and safety in healthcare. 
  • The implementation of Care Opinion in the primary care sector across Alberta. Where we will drive change to create an actively engaged environment where policy makers and healthcare stakeholders benefit from the experience and expertise of Albertans and develop and implement policies and programs that are truly citizen-centered.

When you donate between April 4 and 18, your gift will go twice as far. All eligible gifts up to $2,500 will be matched, dollar for dollar, while matching funds last so we urge you to give early so that your support will have an even greater impact.

CLICK HERE TO SUPPORT IMAGINE CITIZENS NETWORK ON GIVING DAY 2024

THE IMPACT OF GIVING DAY 2023 

As we look back on the past 12 months, we are proud of our accomplishments. There’s still significant work to be done, but with the support of donors, citizens and partnering institutions, we’re confident that we can continue to be a strong advocate for citizen and community involvement in improving health care for all people living in Alberta and moving towards a system that prioritizes compassionate, patient-centred care. 

On Giving Day 2023 we raised $41,400, which led to the following remarkable accomplishments for our organization. These include 

  • Alberta Virtual Care Coordinating Body (2023): Members of ICN sit on the AVCCB as patient representatives and provided valuable insight into their recently published report, “Interoperability Saves Lives.
  • MAPS (2023): ICN was engaged by Alberta Health to gather citizen-patient feedback and experiences for their Modernizing Alberta’s Primary Health Care System (MAPS) initiative aimed at strengthening and renewing primary care in Alberta. A significant portion of our report was included almost verbatim in the final MAPS report, and it was critical in providing independent citizen feedback to the initiative and 11 key principles to support rethinking the potential redesign of the system.
  • Healthy Aging in Alberta (2023): In partnership with Alberta Health Services (AHS) and the University of Alberta, ICN was engaged to gather citizen perspectives for a new strategy and key indicators for the health and care of older adults being created by the AHS Provincial Seniors Health and Continuing Care team (PSHCC). Quality of life was identified by most participants as the key outcome to strive for, measure, and report on. 
  • Alberta Health System Refocus Engagement (2024): Based on the impact and effectiveness of ICN’s previous engagement projects, the Alberta Government entrusted ICN to lead a citizen engagement process to contribute to the Alberta Government’s Health System Refocusing initiative. ICN connected with Albertans across the province to identify and describe citizen-centred principles, actions, and desired outcomes for the healthcare system and the newly announced four proposed organizations: primary care, acute care, continuing care, and mental health and addictions. 

LOOKING INTO THE FUTURE: 2024 AND BEYOND!

Last year, we unveiled our vision to bring Care Opinion to Alberta. We discussed our ongoing exploration of the platform’s feasibility in Alberta and our unwavering optimism that we would garner the necessary support to turn this dream into reality. With the support of Alberta Health and Alberta Innovates, we will soon begin the implementation of Care Opinion in the primary care sector across Alberta.

In 2020, many people donated to ICN in Charlie Fischer’s memory. In consultation with his family, we determined that Care Opinion would be a fitting legacy that would drive transformation by creating an ongoing dialogue between patients and healthcare providers to move toward a truly person-centred healthcare system in Alberta. That legacy is about to become a reality, and that is thanks to the continued support of people like you. 

Thank You!

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to our dedicated volunteers and to you, our generous supporters. It is through your unwavering commitment that we can carry out impactful work within our community. When you donate between April 4 and 18, your gift will double the impact. All eligible gifts up to $2,500 will be matched, dollar for dollar, while matching funds last. We encourage you to give early to maximize the positive effect of your support.”

If you have any questions about the work your gift would be funding, please get in touch with us. Thank you for your support as we continue to work towards a better future for healthcare.

 

CLICK HERE TO SUPPORT IMAGINE CITIZENS NETWORK ON GIVING DAY 2024

 

Stephen Samis
Board Chair
Imagine Citizens Network
stephen@imaginecitizens.ca


Judy M Birdsell C.M.
Past Board Chair
Imagine Citizens Network
judy@imaginecitizens.ca