Improved population health and patient care through leadership development in Quebec

The Initiative sur le partage des connaissances et le développement des compétences (IPCDC) and the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement are collaborating with six regional health agencies and 33 health and social services centres throughout Quebec to transform the province’s health and social services system. The IPCDC is an impressive consortium of organizations that covers the entire healthcare system in Quebec. It is made up of:

  • the Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux
  • Institut national de santé publique du Québec
  • Institut national d’excellence des soins et de services
  • Association québécoise des établissements de santé et de services sociaux
  • Observatoire québécois des réseaux locaux de services
  • Centre de santé et de services sociaux and its réseaux locaux de services partners

The collaboration itself is called the Quebec Joint Action Group for Population-Based Responsibility. Its main focus is providing skills and competency training to healthcare managers and front-line public health practitioners in the province.

Use new-found skills to implement population health improvements

The managers and practitioners are using their newfound skills and competencies to implement improvement projects locally in nearly all regions of Quebec—Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean, Capitale-Nationale, Laurentides, Chaudière-Appalaches, Montéregie and Bas-St-Laurent. These improvement projects, which focus on aging, housing, mental health, chronic disease management, and youths and families, are designed to improve population health, optimize the use of resources and enhance healthcare experiences of patients and families.

Spread improvements throughout the province

In the months to come, the collaboration partners will expand the program further by sharing curriculum resources and program results with other participants throughout Quebec. In this way, the project will equip more healthcare leaders with essential skills and competencies, and disseminate more widely the exciting new solutions that an increasing number of skilled leaders are generating in their jurisdictions.