Transforming BC Health Care

Facilitator & Consultant,

Raising the Profile Project  2017

The Raising the Profile Project launched a new era of health care development in BC.

How to shift from acute health care delivery to integrated, community-accessible health collaboration has perplexed institutional health planners for some time. The Raising the Profile Project, led by Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives consultant Marcy Cohen, built cross-sector partnerships, collaboration infrastructure, and a capacity growth model that’s being scaled across Canada.

I facilitated the province-wide consultations, co-wrote the infrastructure model, and moderated Summit panel dialogues with health innovation leaders. I worked with appreciative inquiry, story mapping, creative dialogue and circle process, to mobilize knowledge in the system, and open doors to formerly unheard of partnerships. Raising the Profile innovated a new era of adaptive, highly accountable and relationship-based health care.

The seniors’ wellness sector grapples with pressing social change questions – “How we shape where we live and how we live so we can end isolation?” and “What is the role of older adults – soon 25% of the Canadian population – for a more connected world?”

The project launched partnership transformations in communities across BC, including civic & provincial governments, regional health authorities and elders’ social justice organizations, leading to wide-scale cross-sector infrastructure innovation. The consultations set up collaboration relationships that match real-life complexity with care that includes the social determinants of health, and lower health care costs.  The resulting call for community-based health systems development was clear, and now being implemented by the United Way: Develop a common language through participatory, integrative evaluation; Facilitate cross-sector mentorships; Build a knowledge & practice mobilization network that’s adaptive and learning; Recognise leadership in community-based health innovation.

At the unveiling Summit in November 2017, “Vive la revolution!” was a participant’s call during my closing comments.