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Because your voice matters.

How PVN Works

We connect patients, family members and caregivers with projects led by teams within health authorities, health organizations and non-profits that seek to include patients’ perspectives.

We support patient partners from the moment they sign up through to their engagement opportunity. This includes an orientation, access to resources and initial connection with health care partners to set the foundation for meaningful engagement. Our process ensures patient partners are prepared, confident and ready to share their experiences and perspectives on improving the health care system.

Become a Patient Partner

  1. Fill out our sign-up form. This helps us connect you with health care teams who are seeking patients to engage in their work.
  2. Take part in an upcoming orientation. This one-hour session provides you with all the information you need to get started, including how PVN works, the kinds of engagement opportunities available, what to expect and how you can help.
  3. Sign our Patient Partner Commitments form, which ensures that you know the support you can expect from us as well as your responsibilities as a volunteer.

Once you’ve completed these steps, you’re ready to go!

Access Ongoing Support

We want to make sure you thrive as a patient partner by feeling prepared, confident and ready to share your experiences and views through our engagement opportunities.

To prepare you to have a meaningful impact when participating in engagement opportunities, we regularly look to build your knowledge, understanding and skills in health care improvement by providing learning opportunities, resources and connections.

Apply for Opportunities

Every Tuesday we’ll email you a list of engagement opportunities. When you spot an opportunity that matches your interests and availability, fill out its online RSVP form.

Responses are shared with the health care partner so that they can identify the patient partner that best fits the opportunity’s goals. Everyone who submits an RSVP form will hear back from us, regardless of the selection decision.

Participate

If you’re selected for an opportunity, you’ll work directly with its health care partner. We support everyone involved in the opportunity to ensure it’s a success; you’ll also have opportunities to ask questions and seek clarification.

Give & Receive Feedback 

We regularly gather feedback on how things are going, what supports you may need and how your input has improved health care. This includes evaluations midway through engagement opportunities as well as after they end. It’s a great way to know the impact of your involvement!

From Our Community

Cherie Mercer

Patient Partner, New Aiyansh

Cherie Mercer

I have learned so much about innovation and capacity building by being part of PVN. I signed up to build my leadership skills, however, I experience benefits for myself, my community and Indigenous peoples throughout the province. I understand more about the complexities and opportunities required to improve health care.

Pamela Jessen

Patient Partner, Langford

Pamela Jessen

The Patient Voices Network allows me to engage and educate others on various health-related topics. By sitting on various committees and taking part in many activities, I can create real change in health care for everyone. It’s so empowering!