Engagement and consultation
As we tackle healthy working environments (HWE), the board has taken a comprehensive approach to addressing multiple environment factors and their relationships. There has been engagement with physicians to identify ways to create a more diverse and inclusive AMA, to create awareness of the importance of HWE, and to identify possible strategies for HWE through member engagement and collaboration with our partners in the health care system.
We have approached our system partners, who welcomed the opportunity to be involved in a collaborative and system-wide approach. We kicked off these efforts via a leaders’ meeting, joined by colleagues from Alberta Health Services, Canadian Medical Association, College of Physicians & Surgeons of Alberta, Health Quality Council of Alberta, Canadian Medical Protective Association, Professional Association of Resident Physicians of Alberta, and University of Alberta and Calgary Faculties of Medicine Medical Students’ Associations.
Through this session, we reached something I think is extremely powerful: a joint acknowledgement that we have an interest in co-creating safe, healthy, equitable and inclusive cultures where all health care team members are respected, valued and supported fairly to achieve their full potential, while improving patient outcomes/satisfaction and supporting system sustainability.
The board believes that success will require being flexible and fluid in planning, building on relationships, and keeping work aligned across the system. To this end, we have done two things:
- We have committed to a cycle of external leader meetings through an alliance of organizations, identified as the PROactive Alliance.
- We will establish an HWE Advisory Committee to provide informed advice and guidance to the board in developing inclusive policies and innovative practices.