Children’s Healthcare Canada is building on a strong history of national collaboration and introducing our new program of Networks designed to spark - action.  These Networks are a member benefit and open to employees of all Children Healthcare Canada’s member organizations.

Stay Tuned!

Children’s Healthcare Canada will be launching new networks in Winter 2019. In the meantime, our Communities of Practice continue to operate.

What is a Community of Practice?

A CoP represents a group of professionals, informally bound to one another through exposure to a common class of challenges and common pursuit of solutions. There is a focus on nurturing new knowledge, stimulating innovation, sharing knowledge and quality improvement. Communities of Practice have three main elements: domain (common concern); community (the people who care about the domain) practice (engagement in an activity related to the domain).

There have been many articles and studies published that validate the use of CoPs and provide solid examples of success in improved healthcare practices and outcomes in clinical areas.  Working collectively on a common issue allows for shared resources, material, time and expertise. When individuals and organizations are willing to share and listen conversations are productive, and decisions are more easily made. We observe a strong culture of sharing and learning within the paediatric healthcare community.

Children’s Healthcare Canada CoP members are administrators, executives, directors/managers, physicians, nurses, allied health, family, youth, and researchers from the continuum of care.


Children’s Healthcare Canada’s newest Communities of Practice

The Child and Youth Mental Health and Transitions Across the Continuum of Care CoPs are meeting monthly to share and learn from one another. We welcome presentations from different projects and initiatives, areas of research, new and established programs. These web meetings stimulate national conversations and lead to opportunities to meet and collaborate with colleagues from across the country.

Some of the things we do:

  • Identify and share leading practices of integration/coordination of care

  • Look for collaboration points within the child and youth health service community and with external stakeholders and partners

  • Identify data sources and gaps