ACTIVITIES: Introductory remarks Introduce facilitator / presenters Provide overview of facility Review agenda Other pertinent comments Participant introductions Participant expectations In small groups ask participants to identify several expectations for the workshop. Write and post on flipchart. Where possible discuss whether or not the issue will be dealt with during the course of the workshop HANDOUT: Participant Agenda
making your voice count! Workshop Presented by: Date: A primer on health policy and how to influence it
Policy basics and health: how the federal government makes decisions on health policy
How to hear and be heard: strategies and tools for connecting with government
Putting it into practice: developing a policy strategy
Reflections on the workshop
1. Policy basics and health policy basics and health: Material developed from How Government Works , a workshop of the Institute On Governance How the federal government makes decisions on health policy
Ministers bring different views - not just departmental
Privy Council Office controls agenda
Influences on Policy research timing (electoral, duration of process) politics stakeholders money global developments levels of government technology existing policies opinion polls lobby groups personalities of leaders government priorities Supreme Court decisions authority other related policies & programs other departments law international agreements crises shuffles (Ministers, Deputy Ministers, etc.) 2-11
Health care delivery is provincial/territorial jurisdiction (with the exception of Aboriginal peoples on reserve)
Input from voluntary health sector organizations
The Formulation of Health Policy in Canada 2-19
How the Players Connect 2-20 Federal Government - national policies, programs, strategies Provincial & Territorial Govt - initiatives & implementation at their level Municipalities & Regional Health Authorities - detailed implementation with province & Health Voluntary Sector Orgs Health Voluntary Sector Orgs - policy dialogue, collaborative initiatives & implementation
In collaboration with its partners, the PHAC leads federal efforts and mobilizes Pan-Canadian action in preventing disease and injury, and promoting and protecting national and international public health through the following:
Anticipate, prepare for, respond to and recover from threats to public health;
Carry out surveillance, monitor, research, investigate and report on diseases, injuries, other preventable health risks and their determinants, and the general state of public health in Canada and internationally;
Use the best available evidence and tools to advise and support public health stakeholders nationally and internationally as they work to enhance the health of their communities;
Provide public health information, advice and leadership to Canadians and stakeholders;
Build and sustain a public health network with stakeholders.
Health Canada is committed to improving the lives of all of Canada's people and to making this country's population among the healthiest in the world as measured by longevity, lifestyle and effective use of the public health care system.
Multiple opportunities to influence the FASD Initiative
The Role of the Voluntary Health Sector 2-36
How the FASD Players Connect Federal Government - national policies, programs, strategies Provincial & Territorial Governments - initiatives and implementation at provincial/territorial level Health Voluntary Sector Organizations - policy dialogue, collaborative initiatives, implementation 2-37 Municipalities & Regional Health Authorities - detailed implementation in collaboration with province & Health Voluntary Sector Orgs
“ A healthy and active voluntary sector plays an important role in helping the federal government identify issues and achieve its public policy objectives. By its very nature and particularly because of its connection to communities, the voluntary sector brings a special perspective and considerable value to its activities, including those it undertakes with the Government of Canada.”
from A Code of Good Practice on Policy Dialogue , Voluntary Sector Initiative, 2002, p.6.
Recognize the problem 1. Develop your position 3-9
“ Perceived” Problem Possible Causes Proposed Goals/Objectives “ Perceived” Issue Possible Action “ Real” Problem Actual Cause(s) Set Goals/Objectives Issue Game Plan/Action ANALYSIS VERI F ICAT ION Getting to the Root Define the problem 1. Develop your position 3-10
1.Work in your small group to assess the case study, or your local health issue, and taking the role of the Executive Directors of the lead organization, develop a strategy for engaging government. (60 - 75 minutes)
2. Choose one person to present your strategy to the larger group (the group will be acting as your Board of Directors). Each presentation should be no more than 10 minutes. Be prepared to answer questions!