Abbotsford wants to be healthy, and the Healthy Abbotsford initiative is using innovative visuals to get the message out.
Healthy Abbotsford is a coalition of groups, anchored by a dedicated staff position, who share a common interest of wellness for Abbotsford residents. When they gathered for a visioning session, visuals helped get the different members up to speed about the wide range of projects.
- Background info was prepped visually: I worked with Healthy Abbotsford ahead of time to prepare a summary document. We put a large version on display, and then printed placemats for each discussion table. The work from various sectors is acknowledged in the visual.
- Related community initiatives were present in the room: A live graphic recording poster from a related Abbotsford Exercise is Medicine forum was also on display, along with community information, handouts, and resources.
- Varied facilitation techniques included moving to different stations, in a modified World Cafe format – this helped keep the room energy high for brainstorming and problem solving.
- Live graphic recording: To capture the forums’ key messages (including the Mayor, health authority researchers and key staff) as well as the visioning session, I provided live graphic recording services. Graphic recording is more than note-taking – it’s a level of synthesis that helps present information in an easy to understand way.
Afterwards, the organizers are supported with two important visuals: a roadmap for determining internal next steps, and visuals to share with the public. In health research, they call it knowledge translation – translating the info from the researcher to a way the public can understand. I see a connection with graphic recording – it’s helping disseminate the knowledge held by the coalition, and important for community health.
For more information on Healthy Abbotsford, visit http://www.healthyabbotsford.ca/.