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6/19/2018 6:00 PM

It has been a very rewarding time for the Canadian Patient Safety Institute!

On May 31, CPSI was recognized by the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) with two Awards of Excellence at the Edmonton Capital Awards.

The first award honoured our efforts to produce our first fully digital Annual Report. It took the entire organization to assemble an Annual Report that provides meaningful content about the amazing work we accomplish over a full year. The award-winning annual report can be viewed here. (Link: http://annualreport.patientsafetyinstitute.ca)

Our second award of the evening recognized our PATIENT podcast series. This was our first exploration into podcasting. Working with the creative agency Sticks & Stones and Patients for Patient Safety Canada, we delivered a three-episode series that brought together patients, providers and leaders to discuss patient safety. You can check out the podcast here. (Link: http://www.patientpodcastcanada.com)

The PATIENT podcast story doesn't end there, however! Only a few days earlier, the series received a Bronze Award for Best Multi-Media Project at the prestigious Canadian Public Relations Society's National Awards Gala in Charlottetown, PEI. The award was accepted by Senior Director for Strategic Communications, Cecilia Bloxom.

And finally, CPSI is proud to celebrate Jan Byrd, Patient Safety Improvement Lead, for her second-place showing in the National Health Leadership Conference's Great Canadian Healthcare Debate. Jan presented low health literacy as a barrier to good communication for patient safety, which can mean the difference between life and death. "While it is not just an Indigenous issue, there are systemic and colonial barriers that Indigenous people face," she explained. "These factors help provide context to the widening health gaps between Indigenous and non Indigenous Canadians."

You can read more about her phenomenal presentation in this month's Power Play article.