Twenty nine cross-sector collaborative teams part of the Health Equity campaign gathered at Ko Awatea last week to participate in Learning Session One*.
The Health Equity 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.
Health Equity Learning Session One started with a mihi whakatau (welcome) followed by an introduction by Ko Awatea senior clinical fellow, Dr Lance O’Sullivan. “We have to ask ourselves, why is there still so much inequity in our system? A more equitable society is a better society. There is desperate need to do things differently; we are here today to shift ideas into action”.
The collaborative teams gathered to exchange ideas, share insights, and gain skills and knowledge to implement the improvement collaborative methodology in their projects with the aim of ultimately delivering best equitable practice in their services and systems across Counties Manukau. Learning Session One was also an opportunity for collaborative teams to present and discuss the aim of their projects, showcased in storyboards.
According to programme manager Tracey Popham, the highlight “was seeing the enthusiasm and passion from the project teams and watching them connecting and engaging with the content, and sharing with each other”.
The collaborative teams will continue to receive coaching and support from Ko Awatea’s improvement team and will meet again in April for the first Masterclass*.
Health Equity campaign
The purpose of the Health Equity campaign is to innovate and identify what works to reduce health inequities for the community of Counties Manukau by December 2020 by:
- reducing the disparity for childhood obesity/ healthy weight for children from Māori and Pacific communities in Otara – Counties Manukau (Healthy Kids workstream)
- reducing the disparity for identified health outcomes for Māori and Pacific patients and whānau in participating services in Counties Manukau (Healthy Services workstream)
- increasing the number of Māori and Pacific staff across our workforce and potential workforce to reflect the Counties Manukau community (Healthy Systems workstream)
*Learning Sessions and Masterclasses are part of the improvement collaborative methodology Breakthrough Series applied by Ko Awatea in the Health Equity campaign.