Twenty nine cross-sector collaborative teams gathered at Ko Awatea recently to launch the new Health Equity Campaign.
The campaign will contribute to Counties Manukau Health’s strategic plan Healthy Together, which aims to achieve health equity for its Māori, Pacific and other high needs communities by 2020.
The objectives of Learning Session Zero, held November 30 2016, were to introduce the improvement methodology to be used during the campaign, help collaborative teams develop the aim of their projects and also explain how to implement change by applying the Model for Improvement.
The day began with a mihi whakatau (welcome) led by Tainui elder Whitiora Cooper. Dr Teuila Percival, Paediatrician, highlighted the unfair and avoidable health inequities by ethnicity that exist within our system and emphasised the importance of considering patients’ socioeconomic environment as key determinants of health.
Diana Dowdle, Ko Awatea’s Delivery Manager, presented an overview of the improvement approach. “For the next 18 months we will be on a journey together. By the end of this journey you will come up with an intervention that is really transforming for your community and your services,” she concluded.
During Learning Session Zero, collaborative teams also learned how personal stories and individual motivations can inspire others to take action and ultimately achieve the desired change. The session concluded with a karakia (prayer).
The collaborative teams will now get coaching and support from Ko Awatea’s improvement team and will meet again in the first months of next year for Learning Session One.
Health Equity campaign
The campaign aims to reduce health disparities experienced by Māori and Pacific communities by December 2018 and focuses on two streams – Healthy Services, Healthy Systems and Healthy Weight, Healthy Kids.
The focus of Healthy Services, Healthy Systems is to build the capability of CM Health’s workforce and to assist staff to apply a health equity approach in their work by:
– Supporting services to achieve health equity on key service indicators to effectively serve the diverse health needs of the population, particularly Māori and Pacific patients and families.
– Working towards a workforce that is culturally reflective of Counties Manukau’s population.
Healthy Weight, Healthy Kids is focused on increasing the number of Māori and Pacific children who are of a healthy weight in Counties Manukau.