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April 1, 2015

Health Quality Council launches second annual Saskatchewan Change Day

Posted on Apr 1 2015 | 2186 views

A provincial campaign that last year generated hundreds of pledges to improve health care is back.

The 2015 edition of Saskatchewan Change Day, a social movement campaign organized by the province’s Health Quality Council (HQC), officially kicked off today.

“Saskatchewan Change Day is about the power within each of us to make a difference. We are encouraging anyone who provides health care, receives health care or who cares about health care to pledge to make a change for the better,” said Dr. Susan Shaw, HQC’s board chair.

“The theme of Saskatchewan Change Day 2015 is ‘Make Health Better Together.’ Participants can pledge to do something to improve their own health, the health of their workplace, or the health of the patients, residents or clients they serve.”

Saskatchewan Change Day 2015 will be celebrated on November 5, 2015. From now until November 5, people are encouraged to make a pledge on the Change Day website: www.skchangeday.com. The goal is to receive 2,015 pledges from across the province for Saskatchewan Change Day 2015 – more than double the goal of 1,000 pledges in 2014, when 1,397 pledges were received. This year, participants are again encouraged to post their pledges on Twitter, using #2015in2015 or #skchangeday.

“We hope that pledges are shared publicly through social media so that everyone can see, and be inspired by, the innovative ideas for improvement that people are generating,” said Shaw.

Examples of pledges from the 2014 Saskatchewan Change Day campaign include:

  • I pledge to have breakfast with the residents in the long-term care home on my designated round days.
  • I pledge to ask one patient every day how their experience was and what we could have done differently.
  • I pledge to say something positive to a co-worker each day.
  • I pledge to step away from my desk and take a walk every day.

The Change Day social movement originated in the U.K.’s National Health Service, which held its first Change Day in 2013. The Change Day concept has since spread around the world, including to Australia, the U.S., Sweden, the Netherlands, Jordan, South Africa, New Zealand and Finland. HQC organized Canada’s first Change Day campaign in 2014.

“For the first Saskatchewan Change Day in 2014, nearly 1,400 people from across the province entered a pledge on the website at www.skchangeday.com. It was exciting to see this enthusiasm for positive change. We want to build on that energy this year,” said Gary Teare, HQC’s acting CEO.

“Change Day complements HQC’s mission of accelerating improvement in health care and making care better and safer for the people of Saskatchewan. We hope people across the province will join us in supporting Saskatchewan Change Day 2015. Let’s show the world what we can achieve together.”

For more information, or to arrange an interview, please contact:

Shannon Boklaschuk, Communications Consultant
Health Quality Council
Tel: 306-668-8810, ext. 112
Email: sboklaschuk@hqc.sk.ca