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A Systems Approach to Enhancing and Promoting Workplace Mental Health in a Large Healthcare Facility

June 26, 2014
Recorded in June, 2014

This presentation was given at the Creating and Sustaining Psychologically Healthy Workplaces: Learning from Research and Practice conference that was held on June 26-27, 2014.
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Vancouver Coastal Health has responded to both the increase in mental health cases and WorkSafeBC's new mental health claims legislation by launching a major new initiative to reduce bullying and disrespectful behaviour. The initiative is being piloted in the operating rooms in the province’s largest hospital where a stressful work environment and disrespect have existed for many years.

Following the presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Identify and discuss what action steps Vancouver Coastal Health undertook at different levels within their organization to enhance and promote workplace mental health in a large healthcare facility.
  • Describe components of the evaluation framework used to assess the impact of their multi-level intervention program



Anne Harvey
VP, Employee Engagement, Vancouver Coastal Health

Anne leads an Employee Engagement team at Vancouver Coastal Health which provides human resource services to 20,000 employees as well as physicians and volunteers. Anne has actualized her passion for Organizational Development into a series of leading edge human resource programs including the No Bullying Healthy Workplace Climate Initiative, the Attendance Wellness Program and the All One Team Workability program. Prior to joining Vancouver Coastal Health, Anne was the Chief Operating Officer of the BC Nurses Union and spent 20 years negotiating contracts on behalf of unions in British Columbia. She believes strongly that collaboration with unions is a key factor in achieving progressive change in the health care system. Anne has a master’s degree in Organizational Design and Development from the Fielding Institute in Santa Barbara California and B.Sc. Sociology Hons. with a major in Modern Industrial Societies from Manchester Metropolitan University in the UK.


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