In April 2019, I had the privilege of attending my 6th International Conference on Integrated Care (ICIC), the annual conference hosted by the International Foundation for Integrated Care (IFIC). This is a must-attend conference for anyone interested in, or working in, areas related to integrating health and social care. After attending my first conference in 2014, I instantly knew that I had found the conference that I was meant to be at – a conference that aligned with my research interests, brought experts together from around the world, and highlighted the importance of working together with patients, families and health care providers.
The IFIC community’s support in my career and development
As an early-career researcher, IFIC has provided me with tools, resources and a community of people to help advance my knowledge in integrated care. Every year I meet new people and learn new information to apply to my work in Canada. The conference provides me with an opportunity to share my research, gain knowledge and network with experts from around the world. This year, the conference had over 1300 delegates from 60 different countries, what an incredible opportunity to learn from others who are doing things differently!
This year, at San Sebastian, I was honored to receive my second IFIC Award – the 2019 Best Poster Award for work on Implementing a New Model in Primary Care for Older Canadians Living with Frailty. This is a national project funded by the Canadian Frailty Network, led by Dr. Paul Stolee from the University of Waterloo. It is encouraging to see that our work in Canada is being recognized internationally.
Launch of the IFIC Canada hub
I am beyond excited to see the launch of IFIC Canada. This is an amazing opportunity to bring together researchers, administrators, clinicians, patients and family caregivers who are all working to better integrated the health care system across Canada. This hub will promote knowledge sharing and collaboration to improve care experiences for Canadians.
I am also looking forward to attending the next first North American Conference on Integrated Care in Toronto in 2020, to continue these conversations!
Dr. Jacobi Elliott is a Research Scientist at the University of Waterloo with an interest in geriatrics and integrated care. She is also the Changing CARE Project Lead at St. Joseph’s Health Care London, a project in partnership with The Change Foundation. She holds adjunct appointments at both Western University and University of Waterloo.