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BLOG DISCUSSION - How can the CIW improve quality of life in Ontario?

Thanks to everyone who participated in this online conversation - lots of ideas and valuable information was shared about how the Canadian Index of Wellbeing (CIW) can improve life in Ontario, and how organizations, health centres, municipalities, etc., can use the CIW in their work.

Day 1 of this discussion took place right here on our HC Link blog. There was a lot of engagement and openness to share, with 116 comments! You can read through all of the questions and ideas shared on the comment section of our blog or view a transcript of the conversation here.

Day 2 of this discussion took place online through Adobe Connect and teleconference, as we thought this platform would provide a more focused and attractive learning experience, given the high volume of comments and discussions. The recording of this discussion is available here.

Click here to read the highlights from the 2 day online discussion!

All resources and links shared from the discussion are posted on the HC Link website: http://www.hclinkontario.ca/index.php/events/slides-from-events.html/#CIW

This discussion was one of the first to come from AOHC's discussion paper: Measuring What Matters: How the Canadian Index of Wellbeing can improve quality of life in Ontario, and we hope that this dialogue continues.

Please feel free to post comments and continue this discussion on our HC Link blog.

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On April 15th and 16th, HC Link hosted the blog discussion "How can the CIW improve quality of life in Ontario?" led by AOHC.

This blog discussion was based upon AOHC's newly released discussion paper: Measuring What Matters: How the Canadian Index of Wellbeing can improve quality of life in Ontario.

measuring what matters

The paper outlines the ways the index's framework can be applied at the provincial, regional and local level to improve health and wellbeing. It also offers details about how the Canadian Index of Wellbeing (CIW) is already being put into action by municipal governments, funders and a significant number of Ontario's Community Health Centres.

The paper's release and the province-wide conversation about the CIW that AOHC hopes to start, is timely: on April 29, with the generous support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the CIW will be releasing its first Ontario composite index report. Tracking back to 1994, the report will provide baseline data with respect to all eight quality of life domains the CIW tracks. There will also be a single number that will indicate whether quality of life is better or worse overall in Ontario, since 1994.

The information offered in this paper, about how the CIW can be applied, is relevant to a wide range of players: frontline service providers, provincial and professional associations, Local Health Integration Networks, municipalities, the justice system, non-governmental organizations, public servants, political and opinion leaders, and people that are interested in the wellbeing of communities.

AOHC is inviting each of these audiences to review the paper and consider its central idea: that the CIW can serve as a powerful tool to kick start a more effective community health and wellbeing movement in Ontario.

Community Health and Wellbeing experts will be ready to answer your questions and hear your input on April 15th and 16th from 12-1pm.

Community Health and Wellbeing experts:

Margo Hilbrecht, Associate Director of Research, Canadian Index of Wellbeing (CIW)
Linda McKessock, Project Manager, Canadian Index of Wellbeing (CIW)
Cate Melito, Executive Director, Woodstock and Area Community Health Centre – CIW Pilot project
Mary MacNutt, Policy & Communications, Association of Ontario Health Centres
Gary Machan, Community Facilitator, AOHC - CIW pilot project
Louise Daw, Project Manager, Guelph Wellbeing, City of Guelph

To join the conversation, please enter a new comment (under "Leave your comment"), or reply directly to a comment (click "reply"). (tip- remember to keep refreshing your page to see the latest comments!) Also- please note that due to the number of comments - there are multiple pages of comments (please click next to see all of the pages). Also, when you enter a comment, please only enter your NAME (and email if you wish). There are technical difficulties arising when usernames are entered.

Postings are viewed as personal contributions, and do not reflect the positions of employers. Postings may be made anonymously - you may provide a name, pseudonym or initials. Please note that email addresses will not be made public.


Here are some questions to start the conversation:

  • What's your take on the potential of the CIW to improve health and wellbeing? How might it be applied to the challenges you or your organization are trying to address?
  • If you are already applying the CIW framework in your organization or community, and we haven't mentioned it in our paper, can you share this idea with us? And how would you like to "connect the dots" between what you are doing and other nearby regions or the province as whole?
  • Do you have an idea for a new way to use the CIW?
  • The CIW framework is constantly evolving and improving. Going forward, how could it be adapted or improved to be applied in different settings?
  • What are some of the ways we could all work together to build CIW communities of practice, at local, regional and the provincial level?
  • What can be done at the local, regional level to get ready for the release of the forthcoming CIW Ontario composite report?
  • Working together, can we use the CIW to build a strong effective community health and wellbeing movement in Ontario?

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Comments 116

 
Guest - Louise Daw, Project Manager, Guelph Wellbeing on Wednesday, 09 April 2014 12:47

I am very excited to be part of this discussion. Looking forward to your comments and questions.

I am very excited to be part of this discussion. Looking forward to your comments and questions.
Guest - Sofia Ramirez, Communications Lead AOHC on Thursday, 10 April 2014 15:22

Thanks for agreeing to participate and share your experiences Louise! We look forward to a fruitful and interesting discussion.

Thanks for agreeing to participate and share your experiences Louise! We look forward to a fruitful and interesting discussion.
Guest - Kyley Alderson, HC Link on Wednesday, 09 April 2014 14:12

We are very excited to have you join the discussion! Looking forward to the conversation next week!

We are very excited to have you join the discussion! Looking forward to the conversation next week!
Guest - Kyley Alderson, HC Link on Tuesday, 15 April 2014 13:28

Thank you to all of the Community Health and Wellbeing experts who have agreed to join this blog discussion and share your knowledge and experience. Please "reply" here to introduce yourselves!

[b]Thank you to all of the Community Health and Wellbeing experts who have agreed to join this blog discussion and share your knowledge and experience. Please "reply" here to introduce yourselves![/b]
Guest - Frédéric Julien on Tuesday, 15 April 2014 17:05

I'm Project manager at the Canadian Arts Presenting Association. I'm responsible for research, policy and communications. I also participate in the Coalition for Public Health in the 21st Century.

I'm Project manager at the Canadian Arts Presenting Association. I'm responsible for research, policy and communications. I also participate in the Coalition for Public Health in the 21st Century.
Guest - Dorothy Corbeil on Tuesday, 15 April 2014 16:06

Hello! I'm Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of St. Francis Memorial Hospital, which recently integrated and is administering the Rainbow Valley Community Health Centre. Our hospital is the lead agency in the South Renfrew Health Links and our CHC is the lead agency in the recently-funded (by the Champlain LHIN) Renfrew County Community Study. I am also a member of Healthy Communities Partnership - Renfrew County, the group that is focusing our attention on the Renfrew County Community Study, working with the University of Ottawa on the project, on a "Healthy Food" strategy for the County and an Active Transportation strategy for the County. I am very passionate about the need for us to address the social determinants of health as a way to improve the health and wellbeing of Canadians. I'm also a retired RN.

Hello! I'm Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of St. Francis Memorial Hospital, which recently integrated and is administering the Rainbow Valley Community Health Centre. Our hospital is the lead agency in the South Renfrew Health Links and our CHC is the lead agency in the recently-funded (by the Champlain LHIN) Renfrew County Community Study. I am also a member of Healthy Communities Partnership - Renfrew County, the group that is focusing our attention on the Renfrew County Community Study, working with the University of Ottawa on the project, on a "Healthy Food" strategy for the County and an Active Transportation strategy for the County. I am very passionate about the need for us to address the social determinants of health as a way to improve the health and wellbeing of Canadians. I'm also a retired RN.
Guest - Sofia on Tuesday, 15 April 2014 16:13

Hi Dorthy, are you using the CIW at these centres or are you applying other ways of measuring wellbeing in the areas of the SDOH?

Hi Dorthy, are you using the CIW at these centres or are you applying other ways of measuring wellbeing in the areas of the SDOH?
Guest - Dorothy Corbeil on Tuesday, 15 April 2014 16:21

Me again, Sofia. I was really interested in the comment made on the AOHC webinar the other day that the CIW will enable us to measure the effects of what we're doing instead of just measuring what we're doing as we are with our QIPs. I'm chair of the hospital Continuous Quality Improvement Committee, to which the RVCHC reports on its QIP and I'm less than satisfied with the indicators we've been given.

Me again, Sofia. I was really interested in the comment made on the AOHC webinar the other day that the CIW will enable us to measure the effects of what we're doing instead of just measuring what we're doing as we are with our QIPs. I'm chair of the hospital Continuous Quality Improvement Committee, to which the RVCHC reports on its QIP and I'm less than satisfied with the indicators we've been given.
Guest - Mary MacNutt on Tuesday, 15 April 2014 16:30

Hi Dorothy,
Yes, as part of this work we want to develop robust non-clinical health and wellbeing indicators. It's not a straightforward task but we think the CIW framework may make it easier testing different ways of doing it. Part of the task will involve educating the LHINs. They need to change their approach to measurement and in the words of Bill Gates "get it right."

Hi Dorothy, Yes, as part of this work we want to develop robust non-clinical health and wellbeing indicators. It's not a straightforward task but we think the CIW framework may make it easier testing different ways of doing it. Part of the task will involve educating the LHINs. They need to change their approach to measurement and in the words of Bill Gates "get it right."
Guest - Dorothy Corbeil on Tuesday, 15 April 2014 16:18

We've only just become aware of the CIW and AOHC's involvement with it, Sofia, so it's to early to say how we're going to use it. Sorry....

We've only just become aware of the CIW and AOHC's involvement with it, Sofia, so it's to early to say how we're going to use it. Sorry....
Guest - Diane Arsenijevic on Tuesday, 15 April 2014 16:06

Hello from
Barry Fellinger and Diane Arsenijevic

Hello from Barry Fellinger and Diane Arsenijevic
Guest - Mary MacNutt on Tuesday, 15 April 2014 16:03

Hi Kyley,
I'm Mary MacNutt and I am the Project Lead and principal author of the discussion paper.

Hi Kyley, I'm Mary MacNutt and I am the Project Lead and principal author of the discussion paper.
Guest - gary machan on Tuesday, 15 April 2014 15:57

hi Kyley

just want to let you know, I am ON!

hi Kyley just want to let you know, I am ON!
Guest - Louise Daw Project Manager Guelph Wellbeing on Tuesday, 15 April 2014 15:52

Good afternoon everyone! Looking forward to your questions/comments!

Good afternoon everyone! Looking forward to your questions/comments!
Guest - Heidi Schaeffer on Tuesday, 15 April 2014 16:05

Hello Louise

How are things going? Do you have any highlights or updates from the Guelph wellbeing initiative and your work with the CIW?

Best, Heidi

Hello Louise How are things going? Do you have any highlights or updates from the Guelph wellbeing initiative and your work with the CIW? Best, Heidi
Guest - Louise Daw on Tuesday, 15 April 2014 16:31

Guelph Wellbeing has taken the 8 domains and further refined them into 3 focus areas : food security, affordable housing and connectivity - in relation to how we connect with others and how we connect physically by getting around - ie. cycling, walking, use of trails, transit etc. and how we connect socially - to services and the people in the city we live in. The 3 themes touch on all of the 8 domains but has provided us with focus for seeing impact.

Guelph Wellbeing has taken the 8 domains and further refined them into 3 focus areas : food security, affordable housing and connectivity - in relation to how we connect with others and how we connect physically by getting around - ie. cycling, walking, use of trails, transit etc. and how we connect socially - to services and the people in the city we live in. The 3 themes touch on all of the 8 domains but has provided us with focus for seeing impact.
Guest - Kyley Alderson, HC Link on Tuesday, 15 April 2014 13:28

What's your take on the potential of the CIW to improve health and wellbeing? How might it be applied to the challenges you or your organization are trying to address?

[b]What's your take on the potential of the CIW to improve health and wellbeing? How might it be applied to the challenges you or your organization are trying to address?[/b]
Guest - Kyley Alderson, HC Link on Tuesday, 15 April 2014 13:29

If you are already applying the CIW framework in your organization or community, and we haven't mentioned it in our paper, can you share this idea with us? And how would you like to "connect the dots" between what you are doing and other nearby regions or the province as whole?

[b]If you are already applying the CIW framework in your organization or community, and we haven't mentioned it in our paper, can you share this idea with us? And how would you like to "connect the dots" between what you are doing and other nearby regions or the province as whole?[/b]
Guest - Frédéric Julien on Tuesday, 15 April 2014 16:28

The Canadian Arts Presenting Organization (CAPACOA) conducted a large-scale action research on the value of performing arts presentation for Canadians and their communities (http://www.capacoa.ca/en/services/valueofpresenting/final-report). We very much applied a CIW framework to the design of our survey questionaires (including specific indicators) and this transpired in the various study deliverables. We were also pleased to see how this action research postively influenced the community of local performing arts organizations for whom we conducted this study: it really helped them connect the dots between their work in the arts and larger outcomes related to health and wellbeing.

The Canadian Arts Presenting Organization (CAPACOA) conducted a large-scale action research on the value of performing arts presentation for Canadians and their communities (http://www.capacoa.ca/en/services/valueofpresenting/final-report). We very much applied a CIW framework to the design of our survey questionaires (including specific indicators) and this transpired in the various study deliverables. We were also pleased to see how this action research postively influenced the community of local performing arts organizations for whom we conducted this study: it really helped them connect the dots between their work in the arts and larger outcomes related to health and wellbeing.
Guest - Margo Hilbrecht on Tuesday, 15 April 2014 19:35

Thanks for sharing the link to your report. It's great to see the performing arts highlighted and the cross-domain relationships to well-being.

Thanks for sharing the link to your report. It's great to see the performing arts highlighted and the cross-domain relationships to well-being.
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