Community Health Teams recognized nationally and internationally

Nova Scotia Health Authority’s Community Health Teams have received the International award for Project of the Year from the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2). 
Community Health Teams are led by Primary Health Care, in partnership with the IWK Health Centre. These teams offer wellness programs and services based on community needs. The teams were recognized for their work to strengthen links across the health system and involve the communities they serve in reducing high rates of preventable chronic conditions, build community capacity and support health and wellness in Nova Scotia.
“We are working to ensure that we build opportunities for engagement into how we plan and make decisions as an organization,” said Nova Scotia Health Authority President and CEO Janet Knox. “Our Community Health Teams are already leading the way.”
Entries are evaluated on how well they addressed IAP2’s seven core values and demonstrated trust, uniqueness and innovation. Results and the judges’ overall impressions are also taken into consideration.
“The depth of their collaboration with participants to design types of engagement and evaluation questions, their findings related to being flexible with design, and attention to group dynamics to do engagement in a way that is appropriate and meaningful for people from different cultural groups is impressive,” stated the judges’ panel.
In addition to receiving an international award, the Community Health Teams also received two national awards: the 2016 International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) Canada Core Values Award for Creativity, Contribution and Innovation in the Field and overall Project of the Year, for their winning entry in the project category, Extending the Practice: Creativity, Contribution and Innovation in the Field entitled Embedding Engagement in Models of Care. 
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