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RIA contributing to national leadership course

Apr 2, 2019 | Culture Change, Workforce Development

The RIA is sharing lessons learned and expertise about shifting organizational culture in an online course offered by HealthCareCAN, Canada’s national association of health organizations.

The course, called Change Leadership Certificate (CLiC), is offered by CHA Learning, the professional development division of HealthCareCAN– and is designed for health care professionals who want to learn how to successfully lead change in their organizations.

Students who enrol in the course must choose between four case studies to work on.  The newest choice is a case study that details how the RIA partnered with Schlegel Villages to shift the model of care in their long-term care and retirement homes from an institutional model of care to a social model of living, an organizational move referred to as culture change.

Based on the Working Together to Put Living First guidebook, the case study outlines the collaborative, strengths-based journey that began in 2009 and has changed the way people across the Schlegel Villages organization speak, act and relate to each other – creating a culture that values older adults by providing choice, meaning and purpose.

Executive Director of the RIA Josie D’Avernas, says this is a great way to spread the word about culture change.

“We are thrilled that HealthCareCAN approached us to use our culture change learnings in this course. It’s a great opportunity for us to share our knowledge across the national health-care sector.”

CHA Learning Director, Sandy Pagotto says the work of the RIA aligns with their strategic goals to find, advocate for, and share solutions that enhance the health of Canadians through innovation, research and education.

“We are excited to partner with the RIA and launch this new case study because culture change is critical to the success of most change initiatives. This case study will also complement our other learning programs that support leaders in long-term care.”

The RIA case study was launched as part of the course on April 1, 2019.

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