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Let’s Keep the Conversation About DEI Going

Formed in 2020, the Patient Voices Network’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Working Group started off by exploring guiding definitions for DEI work and how these definitions could support future work. This article is a follow up to September’s update on our DEI Working Group.

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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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From Our Community

Karla Warkotsch

Patient Experience Consultant – Interior Health

Karla Warkotsch

The question I like to ask health care employees is ‘Who is this for?’ and ‘Do we have the right people at the table?’ As a health care employee, I see how easy it is to fall into doing for, rather than doing with patients. The voices of the patient, family and caregiver are essential to ensure the patient is central to the direction and focus of the work being done.