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Keeping Kids Healthy through Collective Impact


Keeping Kids Healthy through Collective Impact



Project Update: October 2018

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


The Ontario Public Health Association (OPHA) is continuing its exciting work on the Keeping Kids Healthy through Collective Impact project. A project that aims to better integrate health and social sectors for system level changes that can impact children’s health through a co-developed collective impact process.

In recent news, we are pleased to announce that we will be working with 4 communities who have signed on to take part in the project by participating in the collective impact process, including:

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

In the coming months, each of these communities will be working to recruit their local partners to join them in a collective impact process. Together with their local partners, they will be conducting a situational assessment, and will be developing a locally driven action plan which they will implement and evaluate in collaboration with OPHA and the project partners. Their local work will be an important contribution to our understanding of how the collective impact process can help to develop cross-sector partnerships, particularly for better integration between the health and social sectors. What we learn together through their experiences will be shared broadly to communities throughout Ontario.

Also contributing to our understanding of cross-sector partnerships, OPHA is conducting a Provincial Scan to learn more about the barriers and facilitators for partnerships that were experienced by teams throughout Ontario that implemented the Healthy Kids Community Challenge. We heard from Local Project Managers throughout Ontario that shared details about their experiences and we are looking forward to sharing the results from our survey and case study research.

The Keeping Kids Healthy through Collective Impact project is funded by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and is possible thanks to the support of our participating communities and the support and expertise of our project partners, including:

We look forward to continuing to collaborate with our project partners, constituent societies, and Healthy Kids Community Challenge communities.


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Project Introduction: July 2018

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

 

OPHA has recently launched an exciting new project 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 (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:
alPHa-OPHA Health Equity Work Group
The Alliance for Healthier Communities
The Association of Family Health Teams of Ontario
Children’s Mental Health Ontario
Ontario Municipal Social Services Association
Propel Centre for Population Health
Public Health Ontario

 

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