WMTY17 Was a Success! Check Out Its Impact

On June 6, patients, caregivers and health care providers participated in “What Matters to You?” Day, having conversations about what matters in their care. The results were amazing, and we were really inspired by all the stories we heard.

From Fort St John officially declaring June 6 “What Matters to You?” Day, to Surrey Memorial Hospital granting patient wishes about horses and favourite meals, to Island Health patients sharing what matters to them… we’re still glowing from seeing meaningful conversations in the spotlight! 

If you’re curious about the numbers, on June 6, 2017, there were…

  • 7,675 tweets about #WMTY17
  • 2,015 people tweeting about #WMTY17
  • 15.84 million impressions of the #WMTY17 hashtag (meaning the number of times #WMTY17 was seen on Twitter)

And we had:

  • 600+ video views (over 3000 views on YouTube to date!)
  • Almost 1,000 visitors to whatmatterstoyoubc.ca
  • More than 60,000 resources in distribution across BC

We were moved to see that most patients – not only in BC, but across many more participating countries – had similar hopes, desires and priorities for their care, such as being close to their loved ones and being considered experts in their own care.

If you’d like to see what else patients had to say, we put together a visual story with some of our favourite #WMTY17 social media posts. Check them out by clicking the image below:

WMTY 17 Best Social media posts by Patients

Did You Have a Conversation About What Matters?
We Want to Hear About It!

If you had a conversation about what matters as a patient, caregiver, or health care provider we'd love to hear how it went. We created a simple form for you to submit your story.

Some stories will be shared, but only if you give us permission. If you'd rather submit your story anonymously, or request that we not share it, that's fine too. We'd still appreciate hearing from you so that we can learn about the impact of “What Matters to You?” Day!

Share your #WMTY17 Story!

Reflect on #WMTY17 in our Twitter Chat

Join us on Twitter on June 20 to share what you learned and did for “What Matters to You?” Day! We’ll be joined by international partners from Brazil and Scotland, as well as BC champions and organizations. Anyone can participate (if you're new to Twitter, here's a guide to getting started!), so we hope you'll join us!

We'll be diving into four topics, listed below so you can start thinking about them. Join the conversation at 9:00 am by following the hashtag #WMTY17.

Q1: Why did you participate in #WMTY17?
Q2: How did you participate in #WMTY17?
Q3: From your experience, what is the most meaningful outcome/story of #WMTY17 in your area/community?
Q4: What were some of the key lessons you learned from the campaign? #WMTY17

Read more about the event and follow us on Twitter to make sure you won’t miss any detail!

Quality Cafe: Harnessing Professional Networks to Spread Best Practices for Quality Improvement

How do best practices in quality of care move from care site to care site? Why do some never gain traction while others spread easily?

In this month’s Quality Café webinar, which is taking place on June 21 at noon, we’ll learn about the power of informal professional networks – how information travels through them, and how to identify well-connected people to champion new ideas within them and increase the chances of benefiting more patients. Presenters from the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Alberta will share how they are using these strategies to improve quality in the long-term care sector in BC and throughout Canada.

Quality Café is a one-hour webinar series that takes place on the third Wednesday of every month, hosted by the BC Patient Safety & Quality Council. Each event features a new guest and topic related to improving quality of care.

Join the webinar.

Partners in Research: Free Online Course

If you’re interested in learning about patient-oriented research, here is a great opportunity: the Knowledge Translation Program at St. Michael’s Hospital (Toronto) is offering an online course to help patients, families and researchers work together to improve health research and health care. Patients, families and caregivers will build their capacity to participate in meaningful discussions and decision-making with researchers, while researchers will learn how to better involve patients in their work and understand their needs.

The Partners in Research course consists of four bi-weekly online sessions, including interactive activities and discussions with others who share your interest in patient-oriented research. And it’s free! The next session will take place from October to November 2017. Sign up.

Attend the 2017 Infoway Partnership Conference with a Patient Scholarship

As part of its commitment to amplifying the patient voice, Infoway is offering patient scholarships for patients, family members and caregivers who want to attend the 2017 Infoway Partnership Conference in Calgary, Alberta, on November 14-15, 2017. The goal of the conference is to engage health care providers in knowledge exchange, debate and discussion. The theme of this year’s conference is “Connecting for Digital Health,” focusing on the difference digital health is making in the lives of Canadians.

Scholarship applications are due by July 5. Learn more and apply.

Two Weeks Left to Submit Quality Awards Nominations!

And last but not least is a quick reminder that the deadline to submit nominations for the BC Patient Safety & Quality Council’s 2018 Quality Awards is June 30.

The awards are a great way to celebrate projects which you participated in, as well as people who inspired you to add your voice to activities aiming to improve quality of care.

Categories recognize great projects within the four areas of care, as well as four inspiring individuals who helped make health care better in BC.

Read about how to submit a nomination and send yours by June 30.

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