“We are doing things today that would not be possible if participatory leadership wasn’t the core operating process of the organization.” Janet Braunstein Moody Director Public Health Renewal, Nova Scotia
A multi-stakeholder, multi-year participatory transformation of the Public Health System of Nova Scotia, rooted in the needs of all stakeholders.
“In December 2008, a group of practitioners and partners in public health from across the province took on this challenge. We initiated a search to find a process that would bring people together to seek new solutions for the common good. We knew the process would have to take into account the complexity of public health. We also felt that any attempt to address the current challenges of public health demands the collective intelligence of all stakeholders. We wanted a process that would catapult us into a new beginning, an approach that would foster leadership and innovation.
We feel we’ve found a way to come together and co-create the kind of change the system requires. Based on input from a broad range of practitioners, partners and stakeholders from across the province, we have been able to articulate a purpose statement for public health and, even more exciting, identify four strategic opportunities for innovation where, if we collectively focus our attention, we can effect some positive change in Nova Scotia’s public health system and improve the health of our population.
The purpose statement and the four strategic opportunities for innovation are outlined in this document. It may mean changing the way you work. It will almost certainly mean changing the way you think. But we feel strongly that it will also bring us all much closer to fulfilling the core functions of public health, a change that ultimately means improved health for all Nova Scotians-a goal shared by all.”