Change Day Ontario 2018, sponsored by Health Quality Ontario and AMS Healthcare, marked the second year of a commitment to bring the international Change Day Campaign to Ontario, and it was a huge success with more than 9,000 pledges logged across the province.
Change Day is a grassroots movement that is being adopted around the world to improve quality compassionate care. In Canada, the British Columbia, Alberta, and Saskatchewan Health Councils have all championed successful Change Days over the last two years. Change Day Ontario has been designed to empower people within the health system to make positive changes by taking actions and making pledges, big or small, to improve compassionate quality care. The campaign is about people engaging with one another through their ideas and stories; sharing them online and through social media; overcoming barriers; and ultimately, helping to improve the experience of health care for patients and providers alike.
The 2018 campaign pledges reached 9,028, a 50% increase in pledges across the province over the 2017 campaign. This year, team pledges were way up, with 232 made in big cities and in small. Sixty-eight organizations partnered with Change Day Ontario to support the movement and 595 individuals came on board as Ambassadors. Community Care, Acute Care, Primary Care, Home Care, Long-term Care and the LHINS, as well as other healthcare sectors, engaged in championing quality compassionate care throughout the system. More than 400,000 people were reached via social media to broaden the target audience and continue to grow the movement!
Stay tuned for news on the 2019 Change Day Ontario campaign!