Friday, September 20th
08:10 — 09:40
POLICY/ADVOCACY: WHERE WE ARE AND MOBILIZING AROUND THE NATIONAL FRAMEWORK
This panel will present the CIHI national poll around Hospice Palliative Care in Canada. Helena Sonea from the Canadian Cancer Society will elaborate on the national framework and why a coalition of voices is imperative. Sharon Baxter, CHPCA Executive Director, will also work with the audience to create a national action plan. The session will conclude with a robust discussion open to audience participation.
- Be informed on the 2018 CIHI HPC report – where we are at numbers wise?
- Elaborate around the new national framework and why we need to speak together
- Hear around work of the Quality End of Life Care Coalition of Canada
- Lastly, engage in how we develop a national action plan
- Christina Lawand, Manager, Stakeholder Communications at Canadian Institute for Health Information
- Helena Sonea, Government Relations Director, Canadian Cancer Society, Chair of the QELCCC Advocacy Committee
- Sharon Baxter, CHPCA Executive Director, Secretariat of the QELCCC and advocacy specialist
Christina Lawand is a Senior Researcher for Health System Analysis and Emerging Issues at the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI). She has overseen and led the development of innovative new studies on priority topics for Canadian health systems, including a national baseline report on Access to Palliative Care in Canada (2018), and Advance Directives in Long Term Care: How Often is Do Not Done (2016)? Ms. Lawand has also led numerous initiatives to improve health system performance reporting in Canada, including partnership work on the Commonwealth Fund international surveys to compare patient and provider experience in 11 countries, as well as the development of CIHI’s Your Health System: In Brief, an award-winning web tool on health system performance based on a consultation with more than 3,000 Canadians, as well as with national and international experts.
Prior to this, Ms. Lawand served as CIHI’s Communications Manager and in a previous life, she was a reporter for CBC TV’s The National, working in the Ottawa parliamentary bureau.
Helena Sonea is an Ottawa-based advocacy professional and is the Manager of Public Issues at the Canadian Cancer Society. Helena is also the Chair of the Advocacy Committee of the Quality End of Life Care Coalition of Canada. Helena has led advocacy initiatives over the past ten years, including on food security, disability rights and cancer control. In her spare time, she is a member of the Government Relations Institute of Canada’s events committee and founding chair of the Ottawa Mission’s Young Professionals Network. Helena holds a Masters in Critical Disability Studies.
Sharon Baxter is the Executive Director of the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association (CHPCA). Sharon holds a Masters of Social Work degree in Public Policy and Administration and has worked in the field of national health policy for eighteen years.
Sharon served as co-chair of the past National Strategy on Palliative and End-of-Life Care and is a keen proponent of multi-level partnerships in tackling the issue of end of life care.
Sharon participates on many national health committees and coalitions including the Quality End of Life Care Coalition of Canada (QELCCC). Sharon brings the hospice palliative and end-of-life care perspective to issues specifically regarding health policy.
Sharon sits on the steering committee of the Worldwide Palliative Care Alliance (WPCA) and currently co-chairs the policy/advocacy committee for the WPCA.
Sharon is invited to speak at international, national and regional conferences regarding, health policy, HIV/AIDS and hospice palliative care issues. Sharon continues to be a strong advocate on health and social policy issues at the national and international levels.