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APPROACH

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Between September 2020 and March 2021, more than 1,500 people engaged in the Inspiring Healthy Futures initiative, representing a broad and diverse constituency of voices.

Our guiding questions for Inspiring Healthy Futures included:

  • What is most needed to create healthy lives for all children and youth in Canada?
     

  • What are the urgent needs generated by the COVID-19 pandemic?
     

  • How can we work together to shape and create new knowledge and translate knowledge into action?

 

A participatory action approach was grounded in generative dialogue and appreciative inquiry. The full engagement was conducted virtually, in three phases.

PHASE ONE: SCOPING

October 2020 - March 2021

  • Convene Executive Team to provide advice about creating a representative engagement process and share interpretive insights of emerging ideas
     

  • Convene Core Team to provide advice on engagement process, interpret emerging ideas and conduct interviews in their own spheres
     

  • Set up diverse engagement process

PHASE TWO: POLLINATION

October 2020 - February 2021

  • 19 virtual focus groups, with participants across Canada, across disciplines and across generations
     

  • Core team interviews with 150 participants
     

  • Tweet chat sponsored by Healthcare Leadership online community
     

  • “Big Questions” via social media and sponsor newsletters

PHASE THREE: STRATEGY HIVES

February - March, 2021
 

  • Strategy Hives™ x 8
     

  • Two-hour intensives to co-create aspirational direction and concrete actions

    1. Hope for a brighter future

    2. Love, safety and healthy childhood

    3. Basics of a healthy life

    4. Stronger health systems

    5. Racial and structural equity

    6. Learning, belonging and play

    7. Acceleration Agenda

    8. Endurance Agenda

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I'm inspired to go back to my organization and discuss new ideas to encourage more voice and engagement and to create hope within the middle school age youth!

 – one of the participants in a Strategy Hive

PERSPECTIVES INCLUDED

  • Sector leaders

  • Health and community service providers

  • Researchers

  • Think tanks

  • Community leaders

  • Youth-serving agencies

  • Youth

  • Parents

  • Educators

  • Policy influencers

  • Caregivers

  • Advocates