Engagement Leader, Patient & Public Engagement
Northern Region – Northwest
With a background in leadership, facilitation, orientation, transition and education, Cathy supports patient engagement in the Northwest area of the Northern region. She has worked with the Patient Voices Network since 2013, and her goal is to continue to use her passion for health care improvement through patient and community engagement, education, and health promotion.
Some of the cities and communities in Cathy’s area are Greenville, Hazelton, Houston, Kitimat, Masset, New Aiyansh, Prince Rupert, Sandspit, Smithers, and Terrace. She has worked with health care partners such as Northern Health, Doctors of BC, Northwest Community College, and University of Northern British Columbia.
Get to know more about Cathy:
Why is better health care important to you?
“It just makes sense. Health care improvements are desired on both sides, from the health care partners and the patients. Without review, things are done as status quo. With a conversation patients can understand the system and health care partners can gain a new perspective.”
How would you describe what happens when patient collaborate with health care partners?
“The system improves, as both sides communicate experiences and understand the process and how it works from a patient and health care provider perspective.”
What do you enjoy most about connecting patient partners and care providers?
“The fact that meaningful improvements to the system are being made. Patient voices are being sought out and seen as best practice. It’s a priceless chance for the users to interact with the policy implementers.”