Enhancing Interdisciplinary Collaboration in Primary Health Care Initiative


Communications is a key component of the work of the Enhancing Interdisciplinary Collaboration in Primary Health Care (EICP) Initiative. Since the Initiative has a mandate to highlight innovation and best practices, and to build a case for changes in primary health care, effective two-way communications must characterize the operations of the Initiative. For example, the EICP team intends to keep all stakeholders - professions, health organizations, regulators, educators, governments and Canadians - apprised of Initiative activities and findings.

The hub of EICP communications will be the EICP web site at www.eicp-acis.ca. The web site provides reliable and timely information about "what's new" and "what's relevant" as the EICP Initiative consults and conducts research about interdisciplinary collaboration. As well, the web site features interactive options that allow health care providers, and all Canadians for that matter, to participate in on-line fora and surveys. Via the web site, the EICP will generate dialogue, gather information and data, and then share its findings and knowledge. Web site subscribers will also receive regular updates and a Teamwork e-newsletter. Along the way, EICP communicators are committed to showcasing the health care providers who have a little, or a lot,of experience with teamwork and the concept of collaboration.

What's New in EICP Communications?

  • The EICP Initiative launched its interactive web site in September 2004.
  • EICP in the News!
  • We've launched our Teamwork e-newletter.
  • A 12-minute DVD/video that introduces the EICP Initiative can be ordered from the Secretariat.  The DVD and video are available in both languages and are closed captioned for the hearing impaired.  Contact [email protected].
  • The EICP web guestbook ensures that all subscribers get the latest news from the Initiative, direct to their desktop.
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Spotlight on Collaboration

The Collaboration Toolkit is now available for your reading pleasure. This toolkit contains our last research report—Interdisciplinary Primary Health Care: Finding the Answers—and a vast warehouse containing tools that have been designed across the country to support interdisciplinary practices. The Collaboration Toolkit offers practical tips and tools such as checklists, vision and policy statements, floor plans, transfer of function agreements, and many others. It is a must-read for anyone considering—or involved in—interdisciplinary care.

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