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Brown Bag Lunch Series: Conceptualizing “patient-oriented” for population health research.

May 23 @ 12:15 pm - 1:00 pm

The Brown Bag Lunch series is a joint initiative between Northern Health and UNBC to promote health research in the North. Brown Bag Lunch is a series of free lunchtime seminars taking place the fourth Thursday of every month and features a variety of health research topics and presenters. The presentations are held at the University Hospital of Northern BC (UHNBC) and available remotely via WebEx. Each luncheon is scheduled for 45 minutes.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their lunch with them and listen to presentations. Registration is not required. And if you can’t make it to the event in person, you can also participate via teleconference!

On May 23, we’re delighted to have Chelsea Pelletier, PhD, Assistant Professor, University of Northern British Columbia and Dr. Anne Pousette, MD, MPH, Executive Director, Promotion of Wellness in Northern BC, present on:

Conceptualizing “patient-oriented” for Population Health Research

The strategy for patient-oriented research (SPOR) outlines key principles for the inclusion of patients as fully engaged members of research teams. This framework defines a patient as an individual with personal lived experience of a particular health issue. Community and population health research often addresses the development and implementation of evidence-based preventive medicine interventions where the community is in fact the “patient.” Northern British Columbia (BC) faces a disproportionate burden of chronic disease fuelled by decreased participation in health enhancing physical activity. With a vast and diverse geography, the distance between researchers and community members can hinder relationship building which is essential to the SPOR approach. It is critical to support and engage with under-represented voices in rural, remote, and northern areas of BC in order to understand local context and the conditions for successful community engagement on research teams. We will present themes inductively derived from interview data that illuminate community members’ perspectives on research team participation and explore how we can apply the SPOR framework to physical activity focused population health research in northern BC. We will describe what we have learned about how to use the SPOR framework and methodology to develop and support authentic research partnerships with northern, rural, and remote communities.

Upcoming Sessions 2019:

  • June 27, 2019 – Co-Creating Meaningful Patient Oriented Participatory Research on Gardening and Horticultural Therapy in a Long-Term Care Facility
    Presented by Shannon Freeman and Rebecca Farris

The Innovation and Development Commons (IDC) is a partnership between Northern Health and the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC). It aims to facilitate education, research, and innovation in the North, ultimately improving the quality of life and health outcomes for Northerners. For more information about the IDC, contact Tammy Hoefer at 250-649-7698 or

Learn more about the series and participate.

Written by Thais Freitas


May 23
12:15 pm - 1:00 pm
Event Category:


Northern Health


University Hospital of Northern BC (Learning & Development Centre)
1475 Edmonton Street
Prince George, BC V2M 1S2 Canada
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