Community Health Plan
The second Community Health Plan (Abrio Health 2019) recommitted to the vision with a more complete description of the desired future:
Vision: Own Our Own Health, Becoming Canada's Healthiest Community
Mission: A healthy community culture where health = physical + mental + psychosocial healthWhere we connect health and health care efforts, where social determinants of health matter, and where individuals can own their own health.
Outcomes & Shared Benefits- Community Engagement
- Health Outcomes
- Efficiency and Resource Utilization
- Economic Benefits
Abrio Health Experiential Insights
We have moved from planning by the organization and bringing plans to the community to being community driven (from/with/by the community). At the same time, individuals and organizations are busy with their own work; potential collaborative projects have been perceived as getting in the way of their own priorities or mandates. This is changing with time as the community’s aspirations and opportunities become clearer but requires consistent engagement, shared learning, striving for mutual value, and time to build /rebuild relationships and trust.
Community Aspirations for Health
Discussion over four years created focus, increasing trust and community readiness for change.
- The Vision, “Own our own health, becoming Canada’s Healthiest Community”, mobilized initial action and is now tangible as Canada’s first Certified Blue Zones Community.
- The Mission is informing our language and work.
- Outcomes informed the choice of Blue Zones Project, with its ability to bring meaning to shared benefits.
Framework and Supports for a Community Focus on Health
Airdrie, like many communities, did not have infrastructure for community-wide action related to health. Today, this includes:
- A community-based organization as a catalyst and support for activities toward the vision. Abrio Health provides strategic engagement and advocacy, ability to create contracts and partnerships for community development, and capacity for fund development for community-focused initiatives.
A Community Health Plan
To create momentum, linking community initiatives across four strategies. It is a point of interface with Blue Zones Project Airdrie and partner initiatives and creates shared understanding, a key component for collective impact. Critical to this plan was stewardship for development by the Partnership Committee, with continued oversight by the Health Leaders Council (committees of community and health leaders).
A capacity to be data driven and technology-enabled
To inform planning and accountability and to optimize digital tools for individual and community health in collaboration with partners, as is occurring with Blue Zones Project Airdrie.