CHSRF works with NWT Department of Health and Social Services

On December 7-8, 2010 CHSRF, in partnership with the Northwest Territories (NWT) Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS), hosted the first of four workshops aimed at developing more effective approaches to chronic disease management in the NWT.

"It was very beneficial to have CHRSF here to engage participants in understanding the systemic challenges we need to address as a team to successfully implement a chronic disease management service delivery model in the NWT," says Chief Nursing Officer Scott Robertson.

The workshops are being held in Yellowknife over a nine-month period. More than 30 health-delivery, policy and clinical leaders are honing their skills to identify and adapt evidence and use change-management techniques to create system-wide service delivery models for each of three areas: renal disease, diabetes and mental health.

The DHSS is seeking to develop and implement models for managing chronic diseases that optimize the use of resources and provide care that is based on evidence and best practices. Led by CHSRF, the workshops also aim to strengthen the capacity within the NWT’s healthcare sector to use evidence to inform sustainable and efficient health system decisions, processes and policy.

“Our goal is to provide local healthcare providers and policy-makers with the skills and tools they need to develop evidence-based solutions to healthcare challenges in the territory," says CHSRF president Maureen O’Neil. "We hope the workshops will have long-term benefits for healthcare in the NWT.”

These workshops are being run through CHSRF's Northern Initiative, as part of our work to accelerate evidence-informed change in healthcare.