Policy Documents - 2006
Over the past five years, the Association of Canadian Academic Healthcare Organizations (ACAHO) has moved a significant way in terms of providing a national voice for Teaching Hospitals, Regional Health Authorities and their Research Institutes that are responsible for the academic mission (i.e., service provision, education & training, and research & innovation). In support of this mandate, the Association has developed and released a number of policy-related documents that focus on the strategic activities of members and the role of the federal government.
To supplement the views as well as recommendations that have been offered to the federal government by the Association, it was thought timely to ask its members (i.e., its Presidents and CEOs) to comment on a range of health system policy issues at one moment in time.
Ounces and Pounds...ACAHO Member investments to Address Infectious Diseases and Emergency Preparedness
For the most part, when Canadians think about the future of health and health care in Canada, it is usually in the context of accessing quality health services on a timely basis. Notwithstanding the need to continue to look for new and innovative ways in which to manage and deliver care that meets the changing health needs of Canadians, there is also a growing recognition that we need to invest additional resources in a range of public health activities such as health promotion, health protection, disease and injury prevention, health assessment and surveillance, including pandemic planning, and emergency preparedness.
As much as members of the Association of Canadian Academic Healthcare Organizations (ACAHO) focus on the care delivery process - along with its training & education, and health research missions - there is an increasing convergence on the symbiotic relationship between upstream investments in public health initiatives and their downstream linkages to the formal health care system.
In January 2006, the Association of Canadian Academic Healthcare Organizations (ACAHO) surveyed its members (Teaching Hospitals and Regional Health Authorities) for the 2nd consecutive year to better understand the series of investments and initiatives that are underway to more effectively manage wait times. This included a review of efforts to increase system capacity - in its dimensions, introducing new health information management strategies, as well as improved quality of care processes.
Click here to view the Weight Watchers II Survey Collation (English Only); which is a summary of the detailed responses of members of ACAHO.