The second Learning Session of Manaaki Hauora – Supporting Wellness was held at the Ko Awatea Centre on Thursday, June 25th.
Manaaki Hauora – Supporting Wellness aims to provide self-management support across Counties Manukau for 50,000 people living with long term conditions by 1 December 2016.
Over 100 people from 19 different teams gathered to further develop and discuss their team progress towards supporting that goal.
“We’ve got quite a few newer teams, who were not involved in the previous 20’000 Days and Beyond 20’000 Days, and who are still be new to improvement methodology, so that is still a focus in Learning Session 2.
“However we are really glad that incorporating patient co-design is such a strong part of Session 2. Involving patients at an early stage helps get a much broader perspective, which is especially vital at the design phase and when trying to tap into community networks” Said improvement advisor Ian Hutchby.
While the project aim of their team was ‘To improve the health literacy of a 90% of the people who participated in the Pacific FME programme by the end of each programme attended’, one of the first changes the FanauOla Management Education team made to their project was to change the ‘self’ to ‘fanau’.
“We understood that for Pasifika people the idea to focussing on the self was not as relevant as focussing on assisting the whole fanau and wider community,” Said Anne Fitisemanu, Pacific Community Manager and member of the Pacific FME team. “We are keen to work with Pacific women, as within Pacific communities, Pacific women hold a lot of influence over their families and communities…their support and involvement may allow us more access and insight to achieving our goal of improved health literacy for the whole family”
The Pacific FME team also brought a patient-centred approach to the data they collected.
“A self-management support strategy will not work unless it is relevant to the context of its patient’s lives, and a key to improvement is having a strong understanding of the needs of people living with long term conditions” said Jacqueline Schmidt-Busby, Project Lead for the Campaign.
To highlight this, the patient and community advocate for Pacific FME Penina Ifopo spoke of her health journey to the teams – how she grew strength from her aiga (family) and community to overcome her families predisposition to high blood pressure and diabetes; how she better managed her condition in order to live a more healthy life so that she could teach her son and stop the intergenerational transfer of long term conditions within her family.
We would like to thank Penina Ifopo for sharing her experience with us.
The next learning session is scheduled for November 10.
For more information, and to get involved, please contact:
Diana Dowdle, Delivery Manager on telephone: 021 221 4200 or 09 276 0044 ext. 9676 or email: email@example.com
Jacqueline Schmidt-Busby, Project Manager on telephone 09 276 0044 ext. 6864 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org