Each year, the Executive Network members come together for an in-person roundtable event to share learning about priority focus areas.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Executive Network decided to postpone the 2021 roundtable until 2022.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 in-person roundtable was postponed. However, in May 2020, Healthcare Excellence Canada (newly created from the amalgamation of the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement and the Canadian Patient Safety Institute) hosted a 90-minute virtual roundtable. The event enabled participants to address some of the rapid changes occurring across the health system due to COVID-19, particularly in the area of virtual primary care. Positive feedback from this event prompted HEC and CNRHN to develop and deliver the Virtual Learning Exchange in Virtual Primary Care in northern and remote regions.
Primary care is a key priority for members; at this learning event they focused on “care closer to home”. Participants had the opportunity to join in the First Nations Primary Care and Mental Health and Wellness Summit: Weaving Holistic Wellness into the Healthcare System as well as this roundtable.
At this roundtable, members shared learning about primary care models in northern and remote regions, and how to enhance health leadership to support reconciliation. The event overlapped with the Promoting Life Together Collaborative meeting to discuss evaluation methods using Indigenous perspectives. Participants in the roundtable had the opportunity to learn more about this collaborative and their evaluation approaches.
Participants in this event shared wise practices to support healthcare delivery improvements in northern and remote regions. Discussions with members led to the foundation of a suicide prevention collaborative, which evolved into the Promoting Life Together Collaborative. Roundtable participants also visited the community of Behchokǫ̀, which has an established self-government that built a new health and social services centre.
This roundtable followed a unique one-day Indigenous Cultural Competence Course (delivered by the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement) and concluded with participants visiting the All Nations’ Healing Hospital in Fort Qu’Appelle on Treaty 4. CFHI was honoured to sign its first partnership agreement with a First Nations organization, Thunderbird Partnership Foundation, committing to support the First Nations Mental Wellness Continuum Framework.
At this roundtable, members further developed and strengthened their working relationships by sharing common challenges and brainstorming innovations to support healthcare delivery improvements in northern and remote contexts. Their discussion informed future programming for the then-called Northern and Remote Collaboration (now the CNRHN).
Members came together to create a common vision for cross-regional collaboration and improvement in healthcare delivery in the northern, rural or remote context. Joe Gallagher, then-CEO of First Nations Health Authority in British Columbia, was the keynote speaker and Executive Committee members shared a series of promising improvement projects. The work done at this roundtable informed the development of a regional collaboration.
At this event, a core group of health service delivery organizations and their research colleagues from British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, and Newfoundland and Labrador discussed challenges and opportunities in supporting people’s health in northern and remote areas.