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.
Highlights from the two days will be shared shortly on www.communityhealthandwellbeing.org under the Conversations Tab.
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. Resources and links shared will be posted shortly on the HC Link website: http://www.hclinkontario.ca/index.php/events/slides-from-events.html/#CIW
Please feel free to post comments and continue this discussion on our HC Link blog.
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.
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?