17 February 2022
We have been overwhelmed by the generosity of the members of the Accord in carrying out their difficult tasks and by the willingness of the public and the media to engage with us, openly and honestly, every step of the way. [...] 6 Health outcomes, concerns about mental health and mental illness, demographic change, sustainability within the health system, the fiscal health of the province, the climate emergency, and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic have come together to create the urgent basis for a thoughtful and far-reaching look at the health of the people of Newfoundland and Labrador. [...] The purpose of using the focus group option was to ensure membership engagement in the Health Accord NL process, to ensure that the benefit of the wide reach of the groups across the province was realized, and to ensure the organization fully reflected the voice of its membership in providing feedback to Health Accord NL. [...] Within the domain of the Health Accord, sustainability includes the long-term ability to recruit and retain the professionals and other workers needed in our health and social systems, to fund programs beyond the initial steps of implementing the programs, and to adapt systems as health needs of the people change. [...] Integration of the Person and Their Family With Their Community, The Health and Social Systems, and the Social Determinants of Health 44 Preparation of The Blueprint for Implementation of Health Accord NL This Health Accord NL Report describes the major actions needed to transform health and lead us in the direction of a healthier Newfoundland and Labrador.