Four Small Words = Big Impact

As you may recall, June 6th was “What Matters to You?” day. Although these four words are simple in and of themselves, when a member of our Pts4Chg community introduced them to her homecare team, something special came about. See the results here. Way to go, Emma!

#EndPJParalysis On the Air

Paul, a member of our Patients for Change community, was recently on CBC’s “The Homestretch.” The focus of the discussion was #EndPJParalysis initiative. To learn what this initiative entails and the exciting results it is garnering, give Paul’s conversation a listen.

Cast Your Vote

The Press Gallery interview: Deputy premier Sarah Hoffman

What are Sarah Hoffman’s thoughts about healthcare in Alberta – wait times, medical aid in dying, funding, level of care, compassion? To find out, you may wish to listen to a recent Edmonton Journal: The Press Gallery interview: Sarah Hoffman.

November 14 Community Gathering — Dementia Network Calgary

What is advocacy?
Who is an advocate?
What do advocacy and being an advocate mean?

Find out at Dementia Network Calgary’s upcoming event.

Dementia Network Calgary: Community Gathering on Advocacy
Date: Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Place: Renfrew Community Association

Click here to register for this event.

A Hospital Halloween

A Canadian hospital is helping make the hospital experience less spooky for parents of sick or premature newborns.

Yesterday, I was talking to some friends whose son is in the Alberta Children’s Hospital. According to J.W., they had spent over $60.00 for a Halloween costume for their two-year-old son, M.W. Unfortunately, due to a medical issue that arose on October 29th, the costume had not been worn and remains in its original bag.

Hearing this, I was reminded of an initiative that had been started by two nurses on a neonatal unit. The end result saw babies wearing handmade felt Halloween costumes at a hospital in Edmonton. Click here to read the story.

Quality and Safety Summit 2018

The Quality and Safety Summit began this morning in Calgary. In addition to participating in walking tours and presentations, summit attendees are seeing some cool initiatives in action. Here is one that caught many people’s attention.

Time for a Heart to Heart?


Do you reside in Calgary or area?
Do you or someone you care for have a cardiovascular/pulmonary condition?
Would you like to participate in a study focus group?

If you said “Yes” to the above, click here for more details.

What? Listen to Patients?

The importance of the patient is becoming more recognized in the healthcare sector. However, in many instances, including the pharmaceutical area, the patient is seen as simply something to talk to or to talk about.

According to a recent blog post by Mike Rea, this stance is limited and limiting in terms of who patients are and what they have to offer. As he asks in his post.

But, instead of talking to patients, what if we started listening? Not just to what they ‘need’, but what else they want? There are so many incredible groups out there now – potent patient groups (MMRF, MDA, Savvy Patients and more), who want to talk to us, who want to share. But, start to listen, and there will be a hundred hands that go up to stop you doing that.

Click here to read the full article.