In its most rudimentary form, ICC is recognized as a much-needed and valuable expansion of the more typical notions of integrated care, with explicit recognition of the value, potential and power of communities, citizens and ‘laypeople’.
However, this is a rather shallow vision on ICC.
In this interactive presentation we want to foreground the distinctiveness of the approach beyond a community-flavored version of ‘integrated care’.
Additionally we want to give a feeling for the richness and diversity of the landscape of ICC practices. It is not a standardized practice, but manifests itself in a range of practices that share a common core.
ICC points towards a paradigm shift at the citizen, community and system level. Lived experience, a shared vision on the common goals of a local community, distributed power and collective learning are its cornerstones.
Key is the move beyond ‘delivery’ to genuine ‘co-development’ with the individuals and communities that are traditionally seen as recipients. ICC engages and empowers people in the local communities and values the position of the informal care sector. Furthermore, it assumes accountability towards a territorially defined population. Place-based interventions are often designed to improve population health and strengthen community bonds simultaneously. This requires a dynamic, assets-based approach to community development. ICC is goal-oriented in nature, supporting people’s priorities and life goals and improves both health and social cohesion.