The third cohort of the Community QI Collective, HQC’s quality improvement (QI) initiative aimed at community-based organizations (CBOs), began its programming earlier this month.
Established in 2021, the six-month learning program is aimed at organizations working to improve child and youth mental health and well-being in Saskatchewan. Teams are introduced to QI using a mix of theory and application of concepts. By the end of the program, participants will have built a QI toolbox containing techniques, tools and knowledge to apply to future work—all while building a community of improvers in the CBO sector.
The digital program is delivered in a series of learning sessions and collaborative workshops. One-on-one coaching sessions with a QI practitioner are also available. Prior to starting, participants must identify an improvement project within their organization; at the end of the program in March 2023, participants will present on this project and QI learning experience in a capstone to their peers. Using these methods, teams can build their problem-solving capacity—thereby improving the quality of products, services and experiences for the individuals they serve.
“In Saskatchewan, QI is well-known as an approach to improvement in health care, but it’s exciting to see that it is truly an impactful approach that is becoming increasingly adopted and applied across many sectors,” said Jennifer Wright, an improvement lead at HQC and co-facilitator of the program. “As CBOs are challenged to do more with fewer resources, programs like the Community QI Collective can support teams in applying improvement theory, methodology and tools useful to changing processes and systems to ultimately make improvements to reach their organizational goals.”
There are six organizations participating in the program:
- Big Brothers Big Sisters of Saskatoon and Area
- Autism Services of Saskatoon
- Learning Disabilities Association of Saskatchewan
- Youth Matter
- Embracing Life Initiative
- YWCA Saskatoon Crisis Shelter
Are you a Saskatchewan CBO operating within child and youth mental health and well-being? Are you looking to make meaningful change in your organization? Registration is open for the fourth cohort of the Community QI Collective, slated to begin in April 2023. There is no cost associated with the program.
About the Community QI Collective
The Community QI Collective is an applied program focused on building capacity for quality improvement that provides resources, coaching, and peer support to help organizations make improvements to create a better experience for their clients and staff with an aim to ultimately make health better in Saskatchewan. Participating organizations learn tools and approaches that can help them use resources more effectively and find ways to reduce barriers to service and increase support so that Saskatchewan residents can more easily access the services they need when they need them. Learn more or register for our next cohort.