Vol. 4 No. 1, December 2011

Strategic Planning Update

Stakeholder Interviews

e-HLbc kicked off its strategic planning process by interviewing 52 key stakeholders in late 2010. The interviews were designed to shed light on user and member needs, assess future and current environmental trends and identify strengths and opportunities. These 52 individuals included both Steering Committee members and external stakeholders, and represented post-secondary, health and affiliate sectors. The themes that emerged from these interviews were introduced at the strategic planning meeting as key topics to use as a framework for further discussion.

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Member Profile: Fraser Health

Speed and 24/7 access to evidence-based resources are critical to Fraser Health librarians and the health professionals they work with.  Librarians provide essential information, directly impacting patients’ health and well-being. They may be asked to search for medical information related to court cases, locate evidence-based resources on rare and specialized diseases, or find up-to-date information for directors to present on emerging public health issues.

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Success Story: Supporting Equitable Access to Health Resources

Northern Health is responsible for acute care, public health, mental health and addictions, and home and community care for a geographic area that covers close to two-thirds of British Columbia. Jeanette Foreman, Quality Improvement Lead for the NW region, is directly involved in accessing information for health professionals to provide high quality care in the North, and also focuses on teaching them how to find evidence-based information themselves.

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Notes from the Chair - Fall 2011

2011 has been an eventful, productive and busy year for e-HLbc, the Management Committee and your Co-Chairs.

A major focus of the year has been the creation of a strategic plan. We held a 1.5 day planning retreat in February, conducted interviews with members and stakeholders, created working groups to analyse findings and massage the reams of documentation into a draft plan.  The final draft was approved at the fall 2011 Steering Committee meeting.  This plan refines our mission, vision, and core values and provides the momentum that will drive the consortium forward for the next several years.  The Strategic Plan will be released and posted on our new website once it has been ratified by the BC Academic Health Council Board of Directors

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News and Events

Welcome to our New e-HLbc Coordinator 

 We're very happy to welcome Megan Crouch, who will be filling the position of e-HLbc Coordinator while Leigh Anne Palmer is on parental leave. Megan was most recently the Health Sciences Librarian / Collections Librarian at Simon Fraser University. She began working at the e-HLbc administrative centre on October 10.

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