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Community Learning Centre Toolkit: A resource for community engagement in health education and training


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Presentation delivered to the e-Health 2012: Innovations in Health e-Care conference in Vancouver, BC.

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Community Learning Centre Toolkit: A resource for community engagement in health education and training

  1. 1. Ktunaxa Community LearningCentres 2006 to 2009, funded by CIHR How can technology be used to promote health education in rural First Nations communities?
  2. 2. KCLC Locations Aq’am, Akisq’nuk Yaqan Nu?kiy
  3. 3. What does a KCLC look like? A physical space with computers A community-developed website Research and technical leads to…  engage community members  identify health education priorities  find health resources  develop CLC content  provide technical support during CLC use
  4. 4. KCLC Resources to CLC Tools Large amount of potential resources generated from KCLC initiative What resources are most useful to other community learning centre initiatives? How can these resources be developed into tools? How should we prioritize tool development? KCLC Resources
  5. 5. The possible tools Funding Research Training & Capacity Building Promotions Technology support Web-site Partnerships Health education resources  Workshops  Web information  How to find reliable health information on the internet
  6. 6. CLC Toolkit Research 8 Semi-structured telephone and face-to-face interviews Developed and conducted by researchers located in the Ktunaxa Nation and at the eHealth Strategy Office in Vancouver Participants:  KCLC developers  other learning centres in BC  Friendship centres  One out-of-province community learning initiative
  7. 7. CLC Toolkit Research Results –Top Tools What do CLCs want in a Toolkit?Must Haves • Grant writing guides, compilation of funding resources, how to seek partnership opportunities • Research training and toolsNext up… • Technical support guides • Communication strategies
  8. 8. Results- advice Funding and sustainability is enhanced by partnerships and resource awareness Each community is unique  Researching community needs is a crucial step for each CLC to deliver specific and useable resources Toolkit must be flexible to adapt to funding received and individual community needs
  9. 9. Next Step Dissemination and continued development of tools  Piloting toolkit as a resource to accompany the interCultural Online health Network (iCON)  Work with different communities to assess needs and develop applicable resources  Broaden toolkit and further develop tools starting with those highlighted in research interviews
  10. 10. Special Thanks to Ktunaxa Nation Canadian Institutes for Health Research Irving K. Barber Learning Centre Mary Jimmy, Researcher, Aksiq’nuk First Nation Dr. Sandra Jarvis-Selinger, Principal Investigator Elizabeth Stacy, Research Coordinator eHealth Strategy Office, UBC