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Circle of Health Marks Milestone Anniversary with Online Workshop Series, Feb 11 - March 1

CHARLOTTETOWN - It all started 20 years ago, when inspiration struck Patsy Beattie-Huggan while looking at a medieval map of the world on the wall of the Rodd Charlottetown Hotel. She was working on a community development project with Islanders who were seeking to create an inclusive tool for health promotion in the province. Many ideas and values had been shared during the development process but the team was stuck on a design. And then Beattie-Huggan saw the decorative map and its distinctive compass rose.

The compass rose served as the main source of design inspiration for the framework that would become The Circle of Health, which also draws upon the Aboriginal medicine wheel that promotes holistic health – physical, emotional, mental and spiritual well-being; the goals established in the Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion; and the determinants of health. Using plain language, the Circle of Health encourages an understanding of health promotion as the process by which everyone can achieve a healthy life within a supportive environment, no matter what their social, cultural or economic background may be.

And while this health promotion tool was developed specifically for PEI communities and intersectoral groups, it has had unprecedented international impact in the past two decades. The Circle of Health has been translated into six languages and used in community development and health promotion projects all around the globe. It is used across Canada, and as far away as Serbia and Brazil. Here on PEI, it is one of the main teaching tools of The Atlantic Summer Institute on Healthy and Safe Communities. Developers of the Circle of Health credit its international uptake to its integration of theory and practice, its colourful and clear format, and the broad, holistic definition of health it promotes.

To mark the 20th anniversary of the Circle of Health, along with the 30th anniversary of the Ottawa Charter in 2016, Beattie-Huggan is facilitating a five-part series of online health promotion workshops using the framework. The workshops, entitled “A Global Perspective: Work Across Sectors with Positive Results,” are organized by The Quaich, the PEI-based consultancy that champions the Circle of Health. Participants will learn how to use the Circle in the context of their own work and life, and will gain skills in facilitation, partnership development, and collaborative planning.

The online workshops run from February 11 to March 1 and will be offered in the mornings and afternoons so they can be widely accessible. Prices vary with discounts available to groups of 2 or more. A special reduced rate is also available for students and low income.

For more information, visit thequaich.pe.ca/workshops or email Patsy Beattie-Huggan at patsy@thequaich.pe.ca

Learn about the Circle of Health by visiting www.circleofhealth.net

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