Atlantic Healthcare Collaboration for Innovation and Improvement in Chronic Disease: Two-Day Workshop

  • Dates: 26 – 27 Nov, 2012
  • Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA
  • Address: The Prince George Hotel, 1725 Market Street
  • <strong>Contact:</strong> Christine (Kirby) Kirvan
  • <strong>Email:</strong> <a href=''></a>



A patient-centred approach to manage chronic diseases in Atlantic Canada

The Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement (CFHI) has teamed up with regional health authorities in Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia to improve healthcare for people living with chronic diseases. The partners are using the Atlantic Healthcare Collaboration for Innovation and Improvement in Chronic Disease to create a patient- and family-centred approach to manage chronic diseases; promote sustainability of health systems; and build a network of organizational, regional and provincial teams that will share evidence-informed, systems-level solutions and work together to develop, implement and sustain improvement initiatives.

Eleven improvement initiatives in four provinces

The foundation of this collaboration is a charter signed by the regional health authority CEOs and endorsed by provincial ministries of health throughout Atlantic Canada. The charter sets the terms of the overall collaboration. Inspired by the charter, this workshop marks the launch of ten improvement initiatives with health authorities throughout Atlantic Canada: five in Newfoundland and Labrador, two each in Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick, and one in Nova Scotia.

Workshop I focus and objectives:

This will be the first workshop that brings together the teams. On Day 1, teams will present their improvement project (IP) plans and receive real-time feedback from faculty, improvement advisors and staff from the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement. Focusing on assessing the root causes, contexts and challenges, Day 1 will lead into Day 2 when teams will lay the groundwork for identifying key stakeholders to engage in the improvement process and developing an outcome-focused implementation plan, with defined metrics for measuring and monitoring IP performance. 

The workshop objectives comprise: 

  • exploring the conditions and processes that enable system improvement and transformation
  • introducing improvement projects and responding to critical feedback on the assessment of the root causes and design of the IP solutions 
  • identifying emerging themes across projects, including barriers to implementation and known levers and strategies that can be used to address these barriers
  • developing outcomes and indicators, as well as, identifying key stakeholders to engage toward the development of an outcome-focused implementation plan

CFHI gratefully acknowledges the in-kind support of Health Association Nova Scotia.