Visuals to Support Healthy Abbotsford Coalition-Building

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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.

IMG_3749With help from the visuals, the group could work effectively during their important discussion. Here’s what maximized the impact:

  • 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.

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For more information on Healthy Abbotsford, visit http://www.healthyabbotsford.ca/.

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