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An Update on Our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Working Group

Our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Working Group was formed in 2020 to explore how to reduce barriers to joining PVN. It also aims to explore how a welcoming environment – one that supports emotional safety and builds trust – can be promoted across the network. The group consists of…

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Defining Success in Patient Engagement in Health Systems Decision-Making

What makes patient engagement successful? How do we know if it’s ‘good’ or ‘working well’? Despite the growing momentum and practice of patient engagement in quality improvement, system redesign, and other health system projects, there remains no widely agreed upon way to determine how well, or if these efforts are…

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Digital Health Policy Advisory Groups

2020 was a year of learning to do things in new ways: grocery shopping in a mask, socializing six feet apart, working from home and seeing your doctor through a computer screen. For many British Columbians, 2020 was the first time they encountered virtual care by connecting with a care…

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“We are all cultural beings”: My Experience at the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion UnConference

My name is Bev Pomeroy, I prefer to use they/them pronouns. I had the privilege of attending the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion Unconference this past May. The Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion (CCDI) is a made-in-Canada solution designed to help employers, diversity and inclusion/human rights/equity and…

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A Guide to Compassionate Phone Conversations During COVID-19

When the pandemic hit, many people felt helpless. They wanted to do more than bang on pots and pans at 7:00 PM to show solidarity to point-of-care workers and support their communities, but were unsure what to do. In the North, three people with a shared passion for and…

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Comox Valley Primary Care Network

In September 2020, the Ministry of Health announced the creation of a Primary Care Network (PCN) in the Comox Valley as part of the government’s Primary and Community Care Strategy focused on team-based care. The Comox Valley PCN is a partnership between Métis, Inuit and First Nations communities, Island Health,…

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Virtual Psychiatry Consultations

The Shared Care team at Providence Health Care has been connecting with patient partners since the beginning of the Patient Voices Network – 11 years and counting! Since its first engagement in 2010, which resulted in winning a national award for the Rapid Access to Consultative Expertise (RACE) project, the…

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Collaborative Heart Attack Management Program

Timely access to care is always important, and especially so when every passing second adds to a patient’s risk of a negative outcome – as in the case of a heart attack. Sumandeep Dhesi, a cardiologist at Interior Health’s Royal Inland Hospital, recognized that precious time was lost by waiting…

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Patient Engagement in Quality Improvement at Burnaby Hospital

In recent years, as the value of patient engagement has become more widely acknowledged, many organizations and hospitals have created designated staff positions to support and expand the practice in their facilities. At Burnaby Hospital, Ryan MacKay acts as the site’s Coordinator for Quality & Patient Experience by supporting efforts…

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From Our Community

Christine Wallsworth

Patient Partner, Vancouver

Christine Wallsworth

Patient and family partners should not be a check box on research proposals! They need to be involved right from the start. I know patient and family partners are doing their part by providing their knowledge to researchers from their lived experience.  It’s a win-win for us to work together through PVN to make sure our input drives improvements.