On June 11th and 12th, 2018, as part of our project Accelerating Best Practices in BC Home and Community Health and in affiliation with the Canadian Home Care Association held a free two day workshop for leaders in the publicly funded home health system in BC.

As the BC Health System continues to evolve, the central role of Home Health in a high functioning system has never been more important. The goal of the workshop was to bring to the surface home health innovations and best practices through facilitated dialogue, problem solving, and the sharing of promising practices for home health policy and delivery with home care leaders of publicly delivered home health services, policy-makers, home health researchers, and representatives of users, family members, or patients.

Workshop themes reflected the various stages of the patient journey through home health:

  1.  Primary Prevention & Community Capacity
  2.  System Entry & Navigation
  3.  Intake & Assessment
  4.  Care Planning & Delivery

The workshop was structured around the Canadian Home Care Association’s Harmonized Principles for Home Care. Over two days, the application of these principles through the components that go into building effective and efficient care models was explored. Particular attention was be paid to the principles of Sustainable Care, Integrated Care, Person & Family Centred Care, and Accessible Care, as they relate to the workshop’s four core themes. Learn more about the agenda for the workshop.

Speakers from across BC and Canada presented on a variety of issues, illuminating some of the topics to do with the workshop’s four themes and the Harmonized Principles. They were:

Kathy Chouinor, Strategic Advisor, Primary & Community Care Policy Division
Nadine Henningsen, Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Home Care Association
Heather Cook, RN, MScN, Director Systemic Reviews and Research, Office of the Seniors Advocate
Antonina (Annette) Garm, RN, BSN, MALS, MN, CGN(C), EXTRA Fellow, Clinical Director, CARES, Fraser Health
Maria Howard, MBA, Chief Executive Officer, Alzheimer Society of B.C.
Barb Maclean, Executive Director, Family Caregivers of British Columbia
Kim Nuernberger, Program Consultant, Analytics and Special Projects, Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI)
Catherine Barnardo, Director, Clinical Operations, Community Services, Surrey, Fraser Health
Deborah Luciak, Clinical Project Lead, Integrated Primary and Community Care, Fraser Health
Dr. Brendan Byrne, Chief Innovation Officer for TELUS Health, principal at FIRSTEP Innovations Inc., physician at Wellness Garage, and Chief Medical Officer at Molecular You