In recent years, Get the Picture has been recording meetings around the globe about system changes in healthcare. We are proud to capture and convey the conversations that are leading to the innovation and progress being made in the industry, particularly through our work with the Divisions of Family Practice here in BC.
Using visual meeting techniques to engage divisions and the broader community, the BC Divisions are building a stronger collective voice in their community. The work they do helps support physicians to improve clinical practices, offer comprehensive patient services and influence health service decision-making in their community.
In partnership with the BC Medical Association, the BC government through the Ministry of Health is now promoting an initiative called, “GP4Me.” The goal is that by 2015 everyone who desires a family doctor will have direct access to one.
As part of the initiative, the Langley Division of Family Practice (LDFP) recently hosted a seminar/workshop for over 60 seniors at the Langley Seniors Resource Centre. The event was called, “Connecting Langley’s Seniors to Primary Health Care Providers,” and Get the Picture’s Lisa Arora and Lisa Edwards had the honor of co-designing the visual elements for the program.
Our plan was to generate immediate interest and participation at the start of the meeting so we handed out individual “trading cards” and invited each audience member to draw a self-portrait. The cards were then used as tools to introduce each person to their tablemates as well as capture the roles of the people in the room.
We also created a Prezi presentation that re-purposed graphic recordings from earlier meetings, so participants could easily come up to speed on the division’s process for identifying gaps in the system related to priority populations.
This, along with mapping the conversation between LDFP and the seniors, initiated a robust dialogue and made way for a lot of growth and opportunity to improve health care in Langley. Participants received the maps of their conversation in a visual report afterwards so that they have a tool for spreading the dialogue throughout the community.
To read more about the GP4Me Initiative and how the LDFP are using Get the Picture graphic facilitation and visual recording to enhance their meetings, check out, “Connecting Langley’s Seniors to Primary Health Care Providers,” on page 15 of the July 2013 Langley Times.