Provincial Engagement Leader
Location: Vancouver, BC
Kathryn joined the Patient & Public Engagement team as Provincial Engagement Leader in July 2018. She has a variety of health care experience that informs her work with PVN. She is a Registered Dietitian and has a Master’s degree in Community Health and Epidemiology. She has used these skills in a variety of capacities, including in public health, long-term care, and non-profit organizations. Now she will apply that knowledge as she connects patients and health care partners around BC.
Get to know more about Kathryn:
Why is better health care important to you?
“At one point or another in our lives, we all access the health care system. I have dedicated my career to equal access and quality health care for all. The health care system is complicated and I want to try to make that journey as smooth as possible by bridging gaps and helping people feel comfortable and safe.”
How would you describe what happens when patients collaborate with health care partners?
“When this happens, we can achieve a better health care experience for everyone. Patients bring such a valuable perspective to the table that, while different, is complementary to the health care partners’ understanding of the system. This type of collaboration is a win-win situation for everyone: patients are better able to navigate the system and health care partners are able to consider the lived experience of patients as they make decisions. This creates a more holistic approach to health care.”
What do you enjoy most about connecting patient partners and care providers?
“I find it energizing and fulfilling to hear stories from all sectors of the health care system and to make valuable connections between people within these sectors. My position allows me to help translate the ideas that come from patients’ lived experiences into action through partnerships with health care providers. I’m looking forward to getting out and meeting people, and acting as a conduit to building these partnerships across the province.”
One random fact about you?
“My hometown, Prince George, BC, is the home of Mr. G’s, which originated the Screamer! It’s perfect for a hot summer day.”