An enriching experience that left the IFIC Canada team invigorated and inspired

An enriching experience that left the IFIC Canada team invigorated and inspired

The International Conference on Integrated Care (ICIC) in sunny Belfast was an enriching experience that left the IFIC Canada team invigorated and inspired. ICIC24 showed some important advancement in both the research and practice of integrated care globally.

A Global Network

The connections made with conference delegates from around the world provided substantial benefits in terms of ideas, experiences and data from Europe and around the globe.

One of the highlights was being surrounded by colleagues who shared a passion for advancing integrated care practices through new alliances and partnerships. It felt like a reunion – a coming together of individuals dedicated to making a real difference.

What sets ICIC apart from other conferences is the genuine spirit of collaboration. Instead of a platform for showcasing achievements, it serves as a space for learning through shared expertise, support across the global boundaries, and a lot of camaraderie.

Canadian Community

The recent International Conference on Integrated Care saw the largest Canadian attendance ever for this major event. It was great to see many presentations and workshops with Canadian speakers. This strong representation provides visible evidence of the growing interest in integrated care in many parts of Canada.

Advancing Knowledge and Thinking

It’s important to be in spaces that move beyond reinforcing your current thinking. ICIC24 achieved this for our team.

As a collective community this conference provided an opportunity for people to place their own integrated care work into a broader context and pinpoint spaces to advance.

For example, Raphael Bengoa in an opening session (in reference to the work of Wu and colleagues) inspired us to think about our analytic, operational and political capacity to advance systems change- what an amazing framework to situate and advance all of our work! His key takeaway from to create a “receptive context for successful change.”

Notably the digital health sessions showed improved sophistication in the development and implementation of tools, with clear alignment to integrated care at multiple levels (clinical, professional, organizational and even system level integration). In particular, more countries are beginning to develop methods and tools to share and connect data to inform more population health planning.

The team witnessed (and was part of) the beginnings of conversations on the role of caregivers (carers, family) on care teams as they are currently the forgotten connectors of our disparate systems of care.

In essence, ICIC was more than just a conference—it was a catalyst for collaboration, learning, and meaningful action. The IFIC Canada team left Belfast with a renewed sense of purpose and a deepened commitment to advancing partnerships and integrated care practices for the betterment of individuals and communities alike.

NACIC24

Looking ahead, the upcoming North American Conference on Integrated Care promises to be an invaluable opportunity for local reflection and learning. It will provide a platform for policy, practice, and academic colleague to consider our work in the Canadian context and explore the transferability of insights and strategies gleaned from the global community. This cross-pollination of ideas will undoubtedly drive innovation and collective impact – coast to coast to coast.

NACIC24 is generating considerable buzz and excitement from across disciplinary fields that intersect around integrated health and social care. This conference can bring together multiple perspectives to help shared problems.

People connect and learn in creative ways, through active dialogue, debate, and real time application. Pulling these approaches into NACIC 24 will help us create an active learning community and build momentum for change.

We are committed to continue to invest in building capability to advance integrated care and develop the skills, mindset, and behaviours. We are leveraging social movement methodologies to accelerate large scale change. We are connecting work in local communities, across Canada and connecting with IFIC’s international network and global movement on integrated care.

In considering the Integrated teams and systems theme, NACIC24 can build on the advancements in digitally enabled interprofessional practice and health system planning by considering North America’s current state with regard to digital health infrastructures, and where we can learn from our international partners to carve a path forward. There’s an important opportunity to learn from those who have forged more quickly ahead in this area, which can allow us to accelerate transformational efforts by purposefully collaborating and partnering with international experts and leaders.

 

There’s a lot to look forward to

We are pleased to have Transforming Health with Integrated Care (THINC) grantees as part of our growing community, and the role IFIC Canada is providing as a knowledge mobilization hub for Canada and to create a meaningful impact.

We would like to build an international consortium where we intentionally share innovation, lessons, and evidence that is emerging from our scientists, practitioners, and communities. We are certain that the upcoming Calgary NACIC meeting will expand Canadian interests in integrated care.

Join us at NACIC24 in Calgary, Alberta October 15th– 17th.

Walter Wodchis
Professor at the Institute of Health Policy Management and Evaluation
University of Toronto
Co-Director
IFIC Canada

Jodeme Goldhar
Vice Chair and Secretary
International Foundation for Integrated Care (IFIC)
Co-Director
IFIC Canada

Ross Baker
Professor Emeritus
IHPME

Carolyn Steele Gray
Scientist
Bridgepoint Collaboratory for Research and Innovation
Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute

Kerry Kuluski
Inaugural Dr. Mathias Gysler Research Chair in Patient & Family Experience and Scientist
IBH

Michelle Nelson
Scientist
Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute at Sinai Health System
Associate Professor, IHPME
University of Toronto

Yinka Macaulay
Consultant
University of Toronto
IFIC Canada