Engagement Leader, Patient & Public Engagement
Northern Region – Northern Interior and Northeast
Anthony has worked as an Engagement Leader since 2011, supporting the Patient Voices Network in Northern British Columbia. He is very interested in creating space for all stakeholders, whether they be patients or health care partners, to share their own experiences with our system with an eye towards sustainable improvements. From an improvement perspective, he recognizes the power and value of the real-life stories and narratives of those who experience the health care system on a regular basis, and is passionate about setting up and facilitating the processes that make sharing these stories possible.
Some of the cities and communities in Anthony’s area are Vanderhoof, Fort Saint James, Burns Lake, Prince George, Quesnel, Mackenzie, Valemount, Dawson Creek, Fort Saint John, and Fort Nelson. Many of Anthony’s engagement opportunities have involved Northern Health’s primary care teams, as they work towards integration of health services, as well as the organization’s surgical services team, quality improvement teams, and many others.
Get to know more about Anthony:
Why is better health care important to you?
“I’ve been incredibly lucky that I haven’t needed to access our health care system in any great way – yet. I watch people in my community fight to access the right care at the right time for themselves or their loved ones, and I can see just how easy it is to get swallowed up by the system. This doesn’t mean that those who are working with patients or the health care system aren’t doing amazing work, but the system is just so big and complicated. I know that, before too long, I’ll need to support my family through this journey, and any way that health care and BC’s health care system can be made better should be pursued.”
How would you describe what happens when patients collaborate with health care partners?
“Simply put, the health care providers’ view of the care and system they are supporting is expanded. I’ve spoken to many providers who, after hearing stories and experiences of those who have seen the system in action, say they remember why they got into health care in the first place: to help people in need! It is this humanizing of the system and the shift to a patient-centred approach to redesign that strike me as something incredibly powerful.”
What do you enjoy most about connecting patient partners and care providers?
“I feel so fortunate that I get to help patients who are incredibly passionate about our health care system connect with those who can most benefit from their input. Being able to see the interaction between health care provider and patient when everything comes together at a place of collaboration is extremely rewarding.”
One random fact about you?
“Since 2008 I’ve been involved with Prince George Search and Rescue, which has led to some incredible experiences and getting a chance to take part in activities I probably never would have picked up otherwise. I’ve also gotten to share some incredibly powerful and emotional moments when we can bring someone’s loved one home safe.”