This project will impact and identify change opportunities in the following elements:
- Policies and practices
- Networks and collaborations
- Authority, voice and decision-making
In order to identify these opportunities, we will gather the insight and experience of individuals, communities and organizations that can identify the barriers vulnerable perinatal persons face. In particular, we will center the lived experiences of vulnerable perinatal persons themselves, as well as the perspectives of the front-line, community-based workers that serve them. These groups typically find themselves in a position of relatively less power, authority, and voice in the larger system and thus have an essential and insightful view on opportunities for effective systemic change. The project also plans to convene and disaggregate the perspectives of particular equity-deserving groups, such as vulnerable Indigenous and/or rural perinatal persons and related service providers.
This approach builds on the lessons learned by the Perinatal Collective, a group of more than 40 agencies that work together serving vulnerable people in the perinatal period in the Calgary area. This project hopes to encourage and support similar network-building and collaboration in other regions of the province.
The project will also highlight the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on vulnerable perinatal persons, as well as the impact it is having on the individual and coordinated systems and services they need.
The project will culminate with a symposium, in which the insights of vulnerable perinatal persons and the frontline workers that serve them are presented to system and services leaders, and a dialogue is facilitated among all stakeholders to discuss opportunities for systemic change. A report summarizing the engagement process and symposium will be delivered at the end of the project.