The second Think Tank was held over the Family Day long weekend.

“During the first Think Tank, it was clear that the discussions would benefit from having access to more detailed health information about Fort Nelson,” Executive Lead, Community Services Integration & Implementation for Northern Health Mike Simpson writes. “Being able to inform participants of what types of conditions most affect their community, as the data demonstrates, helps provide a basis for these conversations”.

After the group considered information disclosed during the first meeting, they began to identify root causes, associated options and solutions, and then rated the options in terms of whether they we simple, smart and likely to succeed, according to Project Coordinator Jaylene Arnold.

“It was incredible to have people give their time over a weekend to talk about the reasons why we have certain challenges in Fort Nelson related to healthcare.” Project Chair Laurie Dolan writes. “Then providing people with the platform to share their ideas and solutions as to how we address those challenges will be so valuable to council’s decision-making moving forward.”

The next phase of the Community HealthCare Forum is coming in the form of a survey to test the Think Tank’s findings and outcomes, according to Arnold. She says the survey will be distributed through a newsletter update, and will also be available online.

Arnold anticipates the next Community HealthCare Forum workshop will be held sometime in March 2015.

The first Think Tank was held on December 9, 2014.

If you would like to learn more about the Community HealthCare Forum, email justask@northenrrockies.ca or call 250 774 2541.

You can also follow this link for the Community HealthCare Forum main webpage.