Over 5,800 Pledge to Improve Care for Change Day BC
Together with over 50 partners, the BC Patient Safety & Quality Council invited British Columbians to participate in Change Day BC, October 15, 2015, by pledging to make just one small change to improve the health and social care system.
More than 5,800 pledges later, individuals across the province are ready to celebrate their collective action to improve health, community or social care. Change Day BC’s goal of collecting 5000 pledges was surpassed six days ago – and pledges are still being accepted. Today many people will be acting on their pledges, sharing their messages and, in many cases, participating in events at their workplaces.
“Change Day is about making patient care better one small step at a time,” said B.C. Minister of Health, Hon. Terry Lake. “Everyone has a role to play and it’s encouraging to see so many British Columbians make a pledge to do what they can to strengthen our health care system, including my own commitment to keep the patient the focus of care in B.C.”
“This is a great initiative the BCCPA is pleased to be supporting and promoting with our membership,” says Daniel Fontaine, CEO. “It’s great to see how many people have made their pledge so far.”
Since February 19, health care providers, administrators and executives – as well as patients, family members and citizens passionate about making their province better – have been making pledges. They joined a completely voluntary and grassroots movement about changing their care system for the better.
“We are all touched by the health and social care system in some way,” said BC Patient Safety & Council Chair Dr. Doug Cochrane. “Whether it is as a patient, loved one or care provider. We can all do one small thing to improve care for British Columbians.”
Change Day is a global social movement that began in England in 2013; countries like Australia, Jordan and Sweden have since joined in. In Canada, both Alberta and Saskatchewan also have Change Day as a strategy to improve health and social care.
- I pledge to eat pureed food and thickened fluids for one day to better understand the patient experience.
Amy Horrock, Registered Dietician, Northern Health, Prince George
- I pledge to spend a day with home support/home health.
Michael Marchbank, CEO, Fraser Health
- I pledge to eat healthy, exercise and wear sunscreen to stay well as a transplant recipient.
Jay Hirshmiller, Patient, Kamloops
- I pledge to empower young indigenous women to care [for] themselves…physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually through the act of leading by example.
Janice Johnson, Community Engagement Coordinator, First Nations Health Authority, Port Alberni