Presented by: Bonnie Tompkins, Karen Candy
As you may be aware, there is great discussion around the need for a public health approach to palliative care/end of life. With that, in 2015 the Compassionate City Charter was release at the 4th International Public Health Palliative Care conference. This charter is public health driven as it is set in the idea of community engagement and community driven. Carpenter Hospice in Burlington Ontario was present for the launch of this charter and felt this was the perfect initiative to meet what the hospice board had been looking for. The board had much discussion on how to help the community more and those who did not make it through their doors. They are known for doing a great job within their 4 walls, but how to take that out into the community? The compassionate City Charter was the fitting answer.
At the presentation participants will have a play by play description of how the Carpenter Hospice used the framework laid out by the charter. The presenters will cover the initial steps they took, what connections were made and how, how they got their foot in the door with sectors that were not as receptive to the idea of talking about death and all related topics, launch of the charter in Burlington and the evaluation plan they are using throughout this initiative.