Fresh Thinking. Brave Ideas. #CAPHC50

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I don’t know about you, but when I think about January and the advent of a new year, I think about a fresh start. A reset, if you will, and the opportunity to lay out plans for ambitious but attainable goals. Riding high off the momentum of the fall conference, and the articulation of a series of focused priorities for the Association, CAPHC under the direction of the Board, has articulated even bigger plans for 2018.

As many of you know, 2018 marks a special year for CAPHC - our fiftieth anniversary. The Association has evolved over the years – from a small network of six acute care children’s hospitals, to a pan-Canadian community representing health delivery organizations serving children and youth across the continuum. CAPHC is now 49 members strong, representing over 250 individual health delivery organizations, with a mandate to enable and influence the best care possible for Canada’s kids.

While many Associations are struggling to retain membership and are challenged to deliver value and relevance, CAPHC has created a highly engaged community of health professionals and administrators with an appetite to ensure their patients and families experience the best Canadian healthcare has to offer.

In 2018, we will be celebrating fifty years of community building by showcasing innovation and best practices from members, coast to coast. We will be connecting with thought leaders to discuss children’s health – be it mental health, physical health, health policy, health research, health economics, technology to enable health delivery and transitions, or health data. We will be exploring issues and trends that influence child and youth health outcomes. We will be honouring the past. We will be celebrating the future. 2018 will be a year to remember! NB: Follow all CAPHC 50th Anniversary activities on CAPHC social media channels (follow us on twitter @CAPHCTweets #CAPHC50, Facebook, and LinkedIn), through our blog and via email.

In the meantime, the CAPHC Board is keen to refresh our strategic plan and our brand. Beginning in January, the Board is seeking to chart a fresh new direction for our Association. This process and the directions we establish will be highly informed by our members and close stakeholders. You can expect that your organization will be engaged in this process and that the result will be a responsive, nimble but focused CAPHC that is prepared to respond to an evolving health care policy and delivery landscape.

Other changes that are underfoot in 2018? The Canadian Paediatric Decision Support Network (CPDSN) is evolving (transforming) to better meet the data and analytical needs of ALL CAPHC members. A review is underway with a final report and recommendations to the CAPHC Board expected this spring. The Paediatric Rehabilitation Reporting System (PRRS) is growing, both in terms of reporting sites and data elements collected. This first-of- it’s-kind data set will enable rehabilitation sites from across the country to standardize their reporting and analysis of administrative and patient outcomes data.

The CAPHC Conference – our flagship event, will feature a new structure including more concurrent sessions and new poster themes tailored to deliver value and content more applicable to local practice settings. A new Board-sponsored conference planning committee will lead strategic content development to ensure the theme and speakers we present are a best fit with our delegates.

CAPHC is also embarking on a partnership with Health Standards Organization (a subsidiary of Accreditation Canada) to identify and approve accreditation standards relevant to paediatric populations, starting with mental health standards.

Last but not least, your Association is building relationships with elected officials to inform and influence health policy at the federal level. CAPHC is proud to be partnering with the Paediatric Chairs of Canada to co-host a Senate Round Table on January 30th , the focus of which will be to support deliberations with respect to Bill C45 and C46 (the legalization of Cannabis and act to amend the criminal code that deals with drug-impaired driving). As a member of the Coalition for Child and Youth Health in Canada, CAPHC is also working with elected officials to support the development of a framework to inform the roles and responsibilities of a future Commissioner for Children and Youth.

I am truly excited – both when I think about what we have achieved over the past twelve months, but also and especially looking to the future.

In the spirit of a toast to the new year, here’s to fifty incredible years. Here’s to our incredible community of health leaders. And here’s to 2018!