Constituency Liaison Program
- Do you care about your colleagues and patients, and want the best possible healthcare system?
- Do you think MLAs need to better understand the importance of the work you do?
- Do you have 1-2 hours a month to make lasting change?
If you answered yes, then you are a fantastic candidate for the HSA Constituency Liaison Program.
Be part of a program that has been linking HSA members to their local MLAs for over a decade. HSA provides the theoretical and practical training to give you confidence in these conversations, and the credible, reliable information to help you ensure that all elected representatives in British Columbia understand the issues facing our members, our union, and our communities.
The issues we bring forward through the program are grounded in the experiences of you, HSA members. By joining the CL program, you are part of ensuring that all elected representatives, no matter what political party they represent, are aware of the challenges we face and the solutions we have to offer. There are currently two streams in the CL program – one with a focus on health care issues, and one that focuses on child development centres.
The constructive relationships built through this program have helped shape government policy and support strong public health care and community social services.
If you are interested in joining the program, please contact Nicole Seguin at Nicole.Seguin [@] hsabc.org for more information.
Constituency Liaison topics
Each year the Constituency Liaison program renews activities and revise its focus based on current issues or challenges that our members want to address.
The topics this year are:
Shortages of skilled workers have brought our health care system to the brink.
We all know the importance of finding more doctors and nurses – but we don’t hear as much about the increasing shortage of specialized health professionals doing the diagnosis, testing, treatment and rehabilitation.
The BC government must continue and expand efforts to train, recruit and retain health professionals in over 70 specialized disciplines -- lab technologists, MRI and X-ray technologists, respiratory therapists, physiotherapists, radiation therapists, social workers, dietitians and many more.
Briefing Note: Investing in Health Science Professionals
The BC government is working to establish Family Connection Centres (FCCs) -- a new centralized service model for kids with development disabilities. This is an important opportunity to improve services – but a recent pilot program shows that we need to make changes to keep these services in the public health care system.