Presented by: Dr. Mary Lou Kelley
This oral presentation will describe and discuss the evolution of the Kelley model for community capacity development. It will illustrate how and why the model changed to become a powerful Canadian example of a public health approach to developing community based palliative care programs. Based on conducting participatory action research in rural, First Nations communities and long term care homes, the perspective of “community” gradually expanded beyond health care professionals to include natural helpers, front line care providers, formal and informal community leaders, and social services. The Kelley model has potential to be applied internationally since it builds a context specific palliative care program that is grounded in the local community and uses existing informal and formal resources.