HSO launches expert Technical Committee to review, develop standards for improved health service quality

Nov. 8, 2017 (OTTAWA) – Health Standards Organization (HSO) is committed to unleashing the power and potential of people who share our passion for quality health services. Today, HSO announced the members of our first ever standard development Technical Committee on Primary Health Care (PHC).

HSO’s rigorous standard development process is evidence-informed and consensus-based. It sources the best available evidence, leading expertise, and compelling experiences to create global standards that are applicable to local contexts. The PHC Technical Committee develops standards and assesses leading practices related to primary health care, disease prevention, health promotion, population health and community development within a holistic framework, guided by the principles of access, equity, multi-sectoral collaboration, community participation and empowerment. PHC is provided through a collaborative, interdisciplinary approach that recognizes the socio-political, economic, and cultural contexts that influence the social determinants of health for individuals, families and communities.

HSO’s historic Technical Committees for standard development establish the highest quality health systems standards because we don’t think anyone should aspire to anything less than the best for their health. People who make up health systems – patients, practitioners, and policy makers – are at the centre of everything HSO does, and at the table as full members of our committees.

Our standards are developed through a participatory and co-creative process in which the voices of patients, community members, families, health service providers, clinicians, and policy makers are heard.

Meet Our Technical Committee Members:

  • Alifa Khan, Holland Bloorview
  • Amal Al Ali, Primary Health Care Corporation, Qatar
  • Annie Descoteaux, University of Montreal, Faculty of Medicine
  • Antoine Groulx, Ministere de Sante et des Services Sociaux
  • Cathy Faulds, College of Family Physicians of Canada and Ontario Medical Association
  • Claudia Houle, Health Standards Organization
  • Fadi El-Jardali, Professor of Health Policy and Systems, Director of Knowledge to Policy (K2P) Center and Co-Director – WHO Collaborating Center for Evidence-Informed Policy and Practice, American University of Beirut, Lebanon
  • James Makokis, Enoch Health Centre
  • Jeanette Edwards, Winnipeg Regional Health Authority and Manitoba Health
  • Jeannie Haggerty, Department of Family Medicine, McGill University
  • Julie Callaghan, Unison Health and Community Services
  • Lisa Ashley, Canadian Nurses Association
  • Marc Bilodeau, Canadian Armed Forces
  • Vanessa Nelson, Building Healthy Families Society
  • Michael Hindmarsh, Centre for Collaboration, Motivation and Innovation

“The work that the Primary Care technical committee is doing is paramount as it sets the standard for the future of primary health care.  We are fortunate enough to have experts in the field working on this product from different perspectives, including patient and family members. It therefore has the potential to become a ground-breaking document that will drive the health care landscape in Canada and abroad.”

– Colonel Marc Bilodeau, Commander 1 Health Services Group, Canadian Forces Health Services

“HSO, in recognizing the increased importance of primary health care as foundation to the health system, has been very forward thinking in reviewing the standards and ensuring that the technical committee includes those with lived experience as well as supporting inter-professional practice in primary care.”

-Jeanette Edwards, Special Advisor to the Deputy Minister on Primary Care at Manitoba Health

Members of these historic HSO Technical Committees will help drive the standards development process and ensure all that all points of view relating to a new standard or a proposed standard revision are represented. HSO Technical Committees include patients, families, clinicians and policy-makers to build world-leading health standards and assessment programs that enable people in their local jurisdictions save and improve lives. For more information: www.healthstandards.org @HSO_World.