THE GSC FOUNDATION... SUPPORTING BIG-PICTURE CHANGE.
The GSC Foundation (GSCF) was created in 1992 to support innovative ideas that build community capacity, strengthen public policy and advance knowledge in the health care field.
How we do it: FRONTLINE CARE.
The Frontline Care Program provides financial support to Canadian registered charitable, non-profit, and/or social enterprise charitable organizations that deliver frontline health care (i.e., dental, vision, prescription drugs, disease management, and/or mental health care supports).
The organizations or projects we fund must include the role of a “navigator” or "coach" – a person who connects individuals to other services that are appropriate for their situation. This could include: housing, education, jobs, food, clothing, etc.
The Green Shield Canada Foundation (GSCF) funded the Health Innovation Collaborative (HIC), a three-year outcomes-driven project with a focus on big-picture change in health care for seniors.
The latest data released by Statistics Canada shows that seniors are now outnumbering those under 15 years of age. In 2012, GSCF identified this demographic shift and recognized the need to develop long-term, meaningful solutions to care for our aging population. Through the HIC we were able to bring together five passionate, like-minded organizations that are experts in the field of eldercare to tackle two challenges affecting the Canadian health care system: the country’s aging population and the costs of supporting those with multiple complex chronic conditions in a hospital or long-term care setting.
Each organization committed to working collaboratively from 2012 to 2015 to develop innovative initiatives to address the unmet needs of Canada’s seniors. The GSCF acted as the funder and facilitator of the HIC, investing more than $3 million since 2012 to support the unique programs developed by each HIC partner.
The GSCF HIC shared lessons learned over the past three years to health care stakeholders at an interactive event on October 29, 2015, at Bridgepoint Hospital in Toronto.
More about the HIC, its five partners and their projects:
- GSCF HIC Evaluation – Final Evaluation Report
- GSCF Health Innovation Collaborative press kit 2015
- Doing Things Differently by Judy Steed (book)
- The GSCF Health Innovation Collaborative (HIC) video
- Green Shield Canada Foundation (GSCF) video
- St. Michael's Hospital - GEMINI Project video
- GEMINI Project - Impact Evaluation Report download
- Bridgepoint Active Healthcare - Bridge2Health video
- Bridge2Health - Impact Evaluation Report download
- The Centre for Global eHealth Innovation - Health eConcierge video
- Health eConcierge - Impact Evaluation Report download
- The Alzheimer Society of Toronto - Dementia Care Training video
- Dementia Care Training - Impact Evaluation Report download
- SPRINT Senior Care - HouseCalls video
- House Calls - Impact Evaluation Report download
- What Makes a Good Collaboration checklist
Recent Award Recipients
The 2015-2016 University of Windsor, D. Garner Green Shield Canada Foundation Leadership Scholarship recipient is Ms. Danielle Cooper.
The 2015-2016 Canadian Pharmacists Association, V. Chiles Award recipient is Ms. Suzanne Singh.