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Keeping Kids Healthy through Collective Impact


Keeping Kids Healthy through Collective Impact




 

Webinar Series

The Ontario Public Health Association is hosting a webinar series as part of the Keeping Kids Healthy through Collective Impact Project.

  • Webinar 1:

Tuesday June 25th 

Developing Cross-sector Partnerships: Facilitators, Strategies & Barriers 

Working in a partnership often involves a cross-sector of people from diverse professions, backgrounds and experiences representing different sectors (e.g., education, health care, municipal, non-profit, public health and recreation) to network, coordinate, cooperate, and collaborate for mutual benefits. Developing and sustaining these types of partnerships takes time and effort. In this webinar, we will share the results of a primary study conducted to understand the facilitators, strategies and barriers when working in a cross-sector partnership. Key findings will be shared and three implications for practice highlighted. Participants will also have the opportunity to engage in a facilitated discussion.

This webinar will be of interest to anyone working in or leading a cross-sector partnership.

Webinar learning objectives:
At the end of this webinar, participants will:
  • Recognize facilitators and barriers for developing cross-sector partnerships.
  • Identify at least one strategy for the effective development of cross-sector partnerships.
  • Reflect how the information can be applied to their own context.

Update: A big thank you to all that attended and participated in the discussions during this event! 
Please find below various links to access the materials from the June 25th 2019 webinar.

  • Webinar 2: being planned for late fall; we'll be discussing the process of preparing for system-level changes through collective impact.

  • Webinar 3: being planned closer to the end of the project; with a proposed focus on our four partner communities, their experiences in this project and their stories.
     

Project Reports



Year 1: Review and Resources

We are pleased to share an update on the progress being made on the project at the provincial level as well as in the four Keeping Kids Healthy through Collective Impact project communities:

  • The City of Peterborough
  • The County of Middlesex
  • The City of Ottawa
  • The City of Thunder Bay

Working together with our project partners and each of the four partner communities, we have been making progress on a number of fronts and are excited to share with you some of the resources that we have found useful along the way. Locally, each of the partner communities have generated exciting momentum from a broad range of partners related to health and social sectors and are now tackling their action plans for system level change as a collective. 

Local Community Workshops

In November/December 2018, each of the four partner communities held a local workshop as a platform to:         
 

  • Provide community leaders and community organizations opportunities to learn more about:
  • The collective impact approach and processes
  • How a range of personal, social, economic and environmental factors influence health, and how different sectors can come together to ensure that all community members have fair access to health and social services
  • The project’s objectives and timeline
  • Take stock of the health of children in their communities, and map local health and social services to determine where and how partnerships can be developed to enhance these services.

Tools and Resources from the Workshops


Situational Assessment 

In January 2019, partner communities continued working on their situational assessments in order to address key questions about the systems that are in place in their communities and to inform the development of an action plan for system-level change. Some of their key questions included:

  • What are the main or priority social/health issues impacting children and families in our community?
  • What is our organizational, community or system-level capacity to address issues impacting children’s health and to work in partnership?
  • What are the assets and what are the gaps in organizational, community and system-level capacity?

 
The situational assessment is an important component in preparing for action planning, as it will help to inform if/who/where people might be experiencing “slipping through the cracks” of the system in their communities. It will also help us to learn more about where opportunities exist to create linkages and strengthen connections within the system where those “cracks” might be.

Tools and Resources from the Situational Assessment

  • Our Situational Assessment Guideline document was used to help steer the scope and data collection of the situational assessment in each of the communities - Coming soon!
  • Toolkit on thinking about system change and collective impact - Coming soon!
  • Organizing/reflecting on the results of the situational assessment to inform action planning Coming soon!

 

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Photo credit: Myles Tan on Unsplash

 

About Keeping Kids Healthy through Collective Impact: Connecting Health and Social Sectors to Promote Healthy Equity

The Ontario Public Health Association (OPHA) launched an exciting new project in spring 2018 entitled Keeping Kids Healthy through Collective Impact: Connecting Health and Social Sectors to Promote Healthy Equity. This project is being funded as a result of being awarded a grant from the Ministry of Health and Long-term Care (MOHLTC), under the Health and Wellbeing Community Development Grant Program. The project is a two-year project and will continue until March 2020. 

The Healthy Kids Community Challenge (HKCC) is a key part of Ontario's Healthy Kids Strategy. While separate and distinct from the HKCC, this project builds on the work of the HKCC communities’ by completing a provincial scan to learn how they have networked and formed linkages that have created sustainable, successful partnerships and to share lessons learned.

HKCC communities have identified the value of including a broader range of health and social sectors (e.g., education, poverty reduction, housing) at their partnership tables. This project will apply learnings from HKCC to four selected communities to support and strengthen their capacity to build and expand their cross-sectoral linkages. This will enable more coordinated planning and services to support the optimal health and well-being of children, particularly those who are disproportionately impacted by the social determinants of health (SDOHs).
 
The four communities will be supported in identifying gaps and building linkages through the creation of local working tables who will participate in a collective impact approach with a broad range of community partners including health intermediaries (public health, primary care, mental health), social and community sector organizations (e.g., municipalities, housing, poverty, education, childcare, schools, social boys and girls clubs, etc.). Communities will identify existing partners, resources, opportunities, and gaps to address the complex issues impacting children related to SDOH. By creating a shared vision and locally driven action plan this project will promote collaboration, integrate services, build efficiencies, break down barriers across sectors and reduce duplication. Results will be disseminated broadly for continuous learning. 

The Ontario Public Health Association & Project Partners, including:


If you are curious to learn more about the differences between this project and the Health Kids Community Challenge, please click here to download our summary comparison chart. 



 

The Keeping Kids Healthy through Collective Impact Project is funded by the government of Ontario.


The views expressed in the publication are the views of the Recipient and do not necessarily reflect those of the Province.

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