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“Building Québec’s Learning Health System Together” summit: A Shift to Partnership and Continuous Improvement

On March 24, 2022, the Unité de soutien au système de santé apprenant (SSA) Québec held the summit "Building Québec's Learning Health System Together". The population and key members of our health and social services network were at the same event to build the future. This gathering was an opportunity to initiate a real shift towards partnership and continuous improvement of our health system.

Why this summit?

We cannot do the same thing over and over again and expect a different result.

That is why we need to rethink our health care system to make it a learning system. How do we do that? By working in partnership rather than in silos, and by using science and patient experience to improve management, care and service to the public. This event is an invitation to learn from each other, to share and to engage in a transformation of the culture of the Québec health system.

The Management team
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Antoine Groulx, scientific codirector
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Catherine Wilhelmy, partient partner, codirector
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Joe Guillaume Pelletier, executive codirector
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Paul Nadeau, patient partner, codirector
  • + 700 registrations
  • 75% attendance rate
  • 29 speakers including 9 patient partners
  • 14 presentations including 2 panels
  • 2 interactive workshops
  • 1 population-based survey
  • 1 poster competition and 5 prizes
  • 4.75 Mainpro+ credits
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Explore, build and gather

  • Explore the notion of learning health systems
  • Build the future with key members of our health and social services network
  • Bring together people within the Ministry of Health and Social Services (MSSS), the Integrated Health and Social Services University Networks (RUISSSs), universities, institutions and the population in favor of Québec’s learning health system

Learning objectives of the program

  • Understand the concept of a learning health system
  • Identify an example of a project that has completed a learning cycle
  • Recognize the added value of the partnership between research, care, social services management and the population
  • Conceive one’s role in a Québec learning health system project

The organization of this event would not have been possible without the dedication of the members of the organizing committee. We thank them warmly.

  • Dr. Antoine Groulx, Unité de soutien SSA Québec
  • Dr. Bilkis Vissandjée, Université de Montréal
  • Dr. Émilie Grenier,, Unité de soutien SSA Québec
  • Dr. France Légaré, Université Laval
  • France Lemieux, M.Sc., Unité de soutien SSA Québec
  • Dr. Hervé Zomahoun, Ph. D., formely at Unité de soutien SSA Québec
  • Dr. Joe Guillaume Pelletier, Unité de soutien SSA Québec
  • Josée Kirouac, Unité de soutien SSA Québec
  • Marie-Dominique Poirier, Unité de soutien SSA Québec
  • Dr. Marie-Ève Poitras, Université de Sherbrooke
  • Dr. Maude Laberge, Université Laval
  • Mylène Lévesque, M.Sc., LL.M., Unité de soutien SSA Québec
  • Myra Drolet, Unité de soutien SSA Québec
  • Dr. Sara Ahmed, Université McGill
  • Sylvie Noël, Unité de soutien SSA Québec
  • Dr. Yves Couturier, Université de Sherbrooke

The Unité de soutien SSA Québec welcomes you

Opening

  • Joe Guillaume Pelletier, general comanager
  • Paul Nadeau, patient partner comanager

Presentation of the Unité de soutien SSA Québec

  • Antoine Groulx, scientific codirector
  • Catherine Wilhelmy, patient partner codirector
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Discover the Unit’s axis. They deploy expertise in all Québec in the form of consultation, training and tools.

At the symposium, our teams presented their support offerings and hosted virtual booths. View their presentations:

What are learning health systems?

Learn about the concept of a learning health system with Sarah M Greene, Strategic Advisor and Consultant, National Academy of Medicine (NAM).

In english.

Population survey on improving Québec’s health care system

France Légaré, co-director of the Change Management axis of the Unité de soutien SSA Québec, and Samira Amil, patient partner, present the results of the survey conducted by the Unit, with the expertise of the firm Léger. They compare the results obtained in the population with those obtained in the audience during the event.

We find that the Quebec population wants to be part of the solution, trusts the science, values the well-being of the network’s human resources, and advocates for digital consent.

Panel of leaders – Vision and commitment in matters of LHS in Quebec

In this discussion, leaders talk about the changes that are needed in their fields and organizations to transform the culture of our health care system. We also address a key question: how do we achieve true collaborative and complementary work; a partnership?

  • Carole Jabet, scientific director, Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé
  • Joanne Castonguay, Commissioner, Commissaire à la santé et au bien-être du Québec
  • Isabelle Vézina, Senior Director, Innovation and operations, Conseil de l’innovation du Québec
  • Thomas Bastien, General Manager of Association pour la santé publique du Québec (ASPQ)

A word from the Minister of Health and Social Services, Christian Dubé

Lessons learned in Alberta

Verna Yiu, president of Alberta Health Services, shares lessons learned and winning practices for a learning health system in the Canadian province of Alberta.

In english.

SAR PEP: a successful learning system in mental health

Get inspired by the SARPEP project presented by Amal Badel-Baki, Head of Youth Mental Health at CHUM, and Côme Frémond-Guilbault, patient partner and research assistant. SARPEP is an example of a learning system in mental health that has been successful at CHUM and is being scaled up across the province.

Vision and commitment from Quebec’s Integrated Health and Social Services University Networks (RUISSS)

In this panel, the presidents of Québec’s RUISSSs explain why and how the philosophy of learning health systems is part of their mission. They share successful and coveted projects for improving care and service trajectories. Together, we explore the potential for collaboration across RUISSSs and with the Unit, patient partnership and data science.

  • Fabrice Brunet, president, RUISSS Université de Montréal
  • Martin Beaumont, president, RUISSS Université Laval
  • Pierre Gfeller, president, RUISSS McGill
  • Stéphane Tremblay, president, RUISSS Université de Sherbrooke

Winners of the poster sessions and presentation of the targeted grants program

Mylène Lévesque, Assistant to the Scientific Director of the Unité de soutien SSA Québec, and Marie-Dominique Poirier, patient partner and co-director of the Unit’s Capacity Building Axis, presented the results of the digital poster competition organized as part of the symposium and explained the program of targeted grant competitions aimed at improving care and service trajectories in Québec.

Ending

Antoine Groulx, the unit’s scientific codirector, reviews the event. This gathering was an opportunity to initiate a real shift towards partnership and continuous improvement of our health system!

What was the biggest surprise for participants at the end of the day? Here are the answers:

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Word cloud from an interactive activity with participants at the end of the event