PFCC - Newsletter
You can learn about Patient and Family Centred Care activities at Alberta Children's Hospital by reading our monthly e-newsletter - Together We're Better. This newsletter will give you insight into Family Centred Care Initiatives, profile our Family Centred Care champions, and keep you up to date on upcoming education opportunities. Archived copies are available on the FCRC website.
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Welcome to the March edition of Together We're Better.
Transitioning to Adulthood: Empowering Youth to be Responsible for their Healthcare
Over the past four Saturdays, 12 teens (ages 14-18) have been attending an inaugural series titled Teens Talk Transition — a workshop designed to prepare youth with chronic conditions for the transition from paediatric to adult healthcare.
The workshop series is designed for youth and the content has been created by youth that have lived the experience or are living in the transition process. These young adults also instruct all of our workshops! Adult healthcare is quite different than paediatric healthcare, explains Deb Thul, Youth in Transition Coordinator at the Alberta Children's Hospital.
We want our youth to feel empowered to take responsibility for managing their healthcare needs or be able to instruct a caregiver on what to do for them.
Simultaneously to the Teens Talk Transition Workshop, Deb leads a four-week parent workshop - providing a great opportunity for parents to address and talk about any of their anxieties and worries about their child reaching this important transition phase. Parents will understand what their child is learning and how to best support them in becoming independent.
All workshops are free for participants and they may take the workshop series more than once if needed. It is expected that this workshop series will run in the Spring and Fall of each year.
Building a bridge between Aboriginal families and the hospital is the role of Alberta Children's Hospital Aboriginal Liaison, Georgina Bird. She helps families feel comfortable while in Hospital, speaks with healthcare providers about Aboriginal cultural, spiritual beliefs and practices and can even arrange spiritual ceremonies (e.g. Sweetgrass Ceremony).
When an Aboriginal child is brought in to the Hospital, Georgina is put in touch with the family.
There can be mistrust from some families (but not all) when dealing with their healthcare team. Emotions and prejudices can be heightened when a child is involved, comments Georgina.
My role is to assess the situation and to help advocate for the child and his/her family. I become the bridge for the family and the Hospital staff.
NEW Vision Statement for Alberta Health Services
In late February, Dr. Verna Yiu, Interim President & CEO of AHS, announced a new vision statement for AHS!
After significant participation from staff, physicians, volunteers voting online, the final statement is designed to demonstrate AHS' commitment to patients, families, partners, and our passion for working together to care for Albertans.
Change Day: April 4, 2016
One act, small or big, can lead to improvement in our health or the healthcare system. Anyone is invited to make a pledge and become a Change Day Hero. On April 4, 2016 we'll unite to celebrate our pledges. Let's see what Alberta can do!
CAYAC and the Family Advisory Council took part in making their pledges at their March 2016 meetings!
To make your pledge, go to Change Day Alberta
In This IssueTeen Talk Transition Workshop
Building Bridges: Georgina Bird
New AHS Vision Statement
CAYAC Members Make Pledges for Change Day
Camp Independence 2016
(15-19 years old)
A one-week intensive summer program designed to build independence and create success for youth with mild to moderate disabilities as they transition into adulthood!
Only 12 spots available!
Please contact Gwen Roberts at 403-955-7046 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Book your Family Advisory Council Consultation
There are only two more meetings before the Family Advisory Council takes their summer break.
Tuesday, April 19, 7:00-9:00 PM
Tuesday, May 17, 7:00-9:00 PM
Please contact us if you would like to get the family voice for your child health work.
Listening to the voice of the child: An inclusive approach to ethical problems in pediatrics
March 23, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM ET
Serving youth receiving child welfare services: The Maltreatment and Adolescent Pathways (MAP) Research Study
March 30, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM ET
Practical applications of #SocialMedia in healthcare: The Good, The bad, and The Ugly
April 6, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM ET