Look Up: BC Nurses Taking Action on the Social Determinants of Health Terms of Reference
Vision: BC nurses working at multiple levels and across diverse practice contexts to promote healthy environments that support people to thrive.
The main mission of the Look Up Community of Practice (COP) is to create a forum for exchanging resources that support nurses to address the SDOH.
Within this forum, we aim to exchange ideas about how nurses can help to shape the way we think and talk about the social determinants of health (SDOH) and how we can advocate and engage in socio-political action focused on changing the day-to-day life circumstances that affect people’s health and wellbeing.
As a COP we do not have one specific objective. Everyone comes to the group with their own objectives. The main purpose of the group is to exchange knowledge of SDOH, policy advocacy, networking, promoting learning, sharing resources, and helping people to learn how to organize and engage in socio-political action.
Look Up supports ARNBC’s key commitment to supporting B.C. nurses to promote population health and wellness by bringing a central attention to the SDOH and supporting nurses to advocate for healthy public policies that shape the contexts of people’s lives that in turn shape their health.
- BC nurses who are interested in exchanging resources to support nurses in addressing
- the SDOH
- We seek a diverse representation of nurses from diverse practice contexts including: diverse specialty areas and teaching, research, and policy work
- BC nursing students
- Interdisciplinary health care team members, inter-sectoral partners, and allies
By joining this group, nurses will gain:
- Access to a supportive network of fellow nurses and allies that exchange stories and experiences
- Expand understanding and awareness of key research, community groups, and tools that nurses can use to support their advocacy and socio-political action (e.g. draftletters to MPs, examples of opinion editorials, examples of narratives)
- Gain access to an expanding resource directory and idea bank on our website
- Access to mentorship opportunities in advocacy and socio-political action
Mediums for engaging our members
- Monthly face to face meetings that include teleconference option for those members not living in Vancouver; eventually develop local Look Up chapters across regions in B.C.
- Website and Facebook page that enables members to exchange updates (including access to our monthly face to face meeting minutes) and resources
- Bi-yearly workshops
- Connect at other inter-related community workshops
General principles for our work together:
- We commit to shared leadership and will have a rotating chair on a yearly basis
Communication and Decision making processes within our COP meetings
- We commit to walking our talk in terms of attending to not only the context of people’s health but also our own health, which translates into checking in with each other at each meeting.
- We commit to consensus and values based decision-making. We will use two models to guide our communication and decision making process: Chinn and Kramer’s Peace and Power and Rosenberg’s compassionate (non-violent) communication
- Confidentiality: we honor the stories we share with each other and don’t share confidential information in the minutes
Should some of our members decide to organize together and to engage in a specific political action, we commit to the following principles for our engagement in political action:
- We are representing ourselves as a nurse, not the agencies that we are working with Non-partisan
- Our work is grounded in evidence and what we are witnessing in our nursing practice
Principles for presenting our group in the public sphere
- We use the notion “Look Up” as a metaphor to invite nurses to look up and beyond our immediate nursing practice situations to consider the broader context of our lives
- We use the notion Look Up to invite us all to continually look up and beyond our own frames of reference and social positioning to seek a deeper understanding of the complexities that we face in the world as it is today
How we measure our success
- Growing membership base (e.g. nurses who have joined our list serve, nurses who are attending meetings, nurses who are exchanging resources and stories of social suffering)
- Surveys that document nurses’ increased engagement in multi-level action focused on addressing the SDOH in nursing practice
- Growing Facebook traffic and eng