Engagement Opportunities

Here are the engagement opportunities that are currently open:

In addition to the engagement opportunities offered by our health care partners, we list opportunities administered and supported by other organizations that are also looking for deeply committed patient partners to improve BC’s health system:

To RSVP for opportunities, and to receive newsletters that will notify you of new ones, sign up as a patient partner with the Patient Voices Network. For tips on how to fill up the RSVP forms, make sure to read this brief list.

Learn more about what it’s like to be involved in PVN, in the words of a patient partner.

Provincial Opportunities

Member, Communication Modalities Sub-Committee of the Provincial Information Privacy & Security Standing Committee

We would appreciate having a patient perspective when discussing harmonizing policies around health authority staff communicating electronically with patients.

Open to: Patient partners across the province

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Deadline: April 24, 2019

Member, BC SUPPORT Unit Patient Council

Would you like to be part of a ground-breaking, culture-shifting initiative intended to ensure health research is done in partnership with patients and focuses on priorities that matter to patients? The BC SUPPORT Unit is looking to fill up to six vacant seats on their existing Patient Council.

Open to: Patient partners across the province

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Deadline: April 30, 2019

Participant, Dialogue Session: Reversing the Course of Type 2 Diabetes

With the increasing rates of the illness in BC, it is necessary to support the prevention and remission of type 2 diabetes. The Institute for Health System Transformation and Sustainability is looking for patient partners to participate in a full day dialogue session along with researchers, clinicians, policy makers and community developers.

Open to: Patient partners across the province
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Deadline: May 7, 2019

Judge, 2020 Quality Awards

Help the BC Patient Safety & Quality Council celebrate inspiring people and projects that have improved BC’s health system! Be part of the judging panel that will decide the winners and runners-up for the categories of the 2020 Quality Awards.

Open to: Patient partners across the province
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Deadline: May 11, 2019

Committee Member, Patient Care Quality Program

The Patient Care Quality office needs your expertise to help redesign our promotional material. We want to ensure our posters and brochures are clear, accessible and, most of all, patient-friendly!

Open to: Patient partners across the province
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Deadline: May 15, 2019

Member, Health Technology Assessment Committee

The Provincial Health Technology Assessment Committee is searching for a patient partner to sit on the committee who has a desire to contribute to meaningful, high-level decisions about the use of health technologies (e.g., devices, diagnostics and clinical procedures) across BC.

Open to: Patient partners across the province
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Deadline: May 22, 2019
Fraser Valley & Lower Mainland Region

Recorded Guest Speaker, Provincial Trauma Forum

Are you comfortable sharing about your experience with a traumatic injury? Trauma Services BC is hosting a forum and would like to feature patient stories in brief (2 – 3 minutes) videos.

Open to: Patient partners in the Lower Mainland & Fraser Valley
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Deadline: April 26, 2019

Study Participants, Developing Quality Measures for Palliative Care

Fraser and Interior Health Authorities are involved in a research project to understand what matters to people when it comes to community-based palliative care and end-of-life services. Patient partners are needed for an interview to help determine what should be measured to capture the quality of these services.

Open to: Patient partners from Fraser Valley & Interior Health regions
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Deadline: April 30, 2019

Parent Advisory Group Member, Perinatal Health Research Program

Are you interested in how new parents and families make choices in pregnancy and childbirth? Join a parent advisory group and brainstorm with researchers about important issues that should be looked at in pregnancy and childbirth research.

Open to: Patient partners in the Lower Mainland & Fraser Valley

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Deadline: April 30, 2019

Member, Earthquake Health Supply Resource Allocation – Shared Work Team

Sharing health supplies in a fair and equitable way during an emergency takes due care and attention because the need will be great, and it could outstrip the supply quickly. Health Emergency Management BC is seeking two patient partners to be part of a shared work team to create an ethical framework for health supply resource allocation across the province during an earthquake.

Open to: Patient partners in the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley
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Deadline: May 4, 2019

Participants, Workshop to Review Patient Information Sheets

The BC Emergency Medicine Network is seeking patient partners to provide their input and expertise to modify information sheets given to patients when they leave the emergency department. Join us for a full day, casual, small working group session with lots of nutrition breaks and hopefully some fun!

Open to: Patient partners in the Lower Mainland & Fraser Valley
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Deadline: May 15, 2019
Interior Region

Member, MyHealthPortal Steering Committee

As the popular online patient portal MyHealthPortal expands, Interior Health is seeking a patient partner to join the steering committee meetings. This would be your opportunity to share your voice and help mould the patient digital experience!

Open to: Patient partners in the Interior Region
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Deadline: As soon as possible

Member, Patient Engagement Project Advisory Council

Do you want to help co-create meaningful engagement support services? Do you have experience with patient and public engagement in quality improvement and research? Interior Health, together with BC SUPPORT Unit, needs patient partners to be involved in this patient engagement advisory council.

Open to: Patient partners in the Thompson/Cariboo area
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Deadline: April 30, 2019

Study Participants, Developing Quality Measures for Palliative Care

Fraser and Interior Health Authorities are involved in a research project to understand what matters to people when it comes to community-based palliative care and end-of-life services. Patient partners are needed for an interview to help determine what should be measured to capture the quality of these services.

Open to: Patient partners from Fraser Valley & Interior Health regions
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Deadline: April 30, 2019

Participant, Mental Health and Substance Use Rapid Process Improvement Workshop

Have you been through the experience of being discharged from a mental health & substance use unit at Kelowna General Hospital, and then connected with an adult community support services clinician? Interior Health is looking for two patient partners who can give ideas, thoughts and constructive criticism about the experience.

Open to: Patient partners in the Kelowna area
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Deadline: April 30, 2019

Participant, Long Term Care Home Access Rapid Process Improvement Workshop

This opportunity invites patient partners to explore areas of improvement in delay in filling long term care beds in the South Okanagan. Join us in looking at ways to reduce the time beds are vacant.

Open to: Patient partners in Penticton and Summerland area
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Deadline: April 30, 2019

Member, Kootenay Boundary Primary Care Network Steering Committee

The Kootenay Boundary region of Interior Health is embarking on the next phase of primary care transformation – implementation – and invites you to be part of this exciting journey as a member of the steering committee responsible for the establishment and ongoing operation of the Primary Care Network.

Open to: Patient partners in the Kootenay Boundary area
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Deadline: May 1, 2019

Member, Specialized Community Services Programs Patient Advisory Committee

Have you ever had multiple medical issues as a patient or caregiver? Have you found it difficult to know where to find the right help for your situation? Interior Health in the South Okanagan area is addressing the needs of patients with complex health problems and needs your help, perspectives and ideas about what would work better for patients.

Open to: Patient partners in the South Okanagan area
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Deadline: May 5, 2019

Participant, Use Patient’s Own Medications While in Hospital Focus Group

Medications are an important part of the recovery process for hospital patients. Sometimes the hospital does not have certain medications, therefore a family member is required to bring them in for their loved ones. This working group will be looking for feedback from patient partners to make the process as easy as possible.

Open to: Patient partners in the Interior Health area
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Deadline: May 12, 2019

Patient Speaker, Experience Living with Chronic Disease

The practical nursing program at Okanagan College is looking for a patient partner to attend a one-hour in-person session in Penticton to share their story living with a chronic disease. Looking for someone with a positive outlook who can talk about how they maintain their wellness, strategies, who they collaborate with and what community resources they use.

Open to: Patient partners in the Penticton area who are over 65 years old
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Deadline: May 15, 2019

Member, Revelstoke Collaborative Services Committee

A great opportunity awaits you to contribute to your local Revelstoke’s health care system! We’re excited to welcome two individuals living in the Revelstoke area to become valuable members of the Revelstoke Collaborative Services Committee. Your voices will help to identify opportunities to improve the access to quality care in the community across all ages and needs. If you enjoy thinking strategically and collaboratively, and can offer your enthusiasm, creativity, patience and time, please consider this engagement opportunity!

Open to: Patient partners in the Revelstoke area
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Deadline: May 31, 2019

Member, Focus Group for Interior Health Accreditation

In the Fall, Accreditation Canada will be conducting an on-site survey of Interior Health to assess our services against national standards. This focus group provides the opportunity for an Accreditation Canada surveyor to gain patient and family perspective about how Interior Health works with patients and families to plan, improve and provide care.

Open to: Patient partners in the Interior Health region
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Deadline: July 8, 2019
Northern Region

Member, Co-Designing Patient Communication Boards

Patients and their family members value clear communication during a hospital stay. Northern Health wants to standardize their patient communication boards at all hospitals across the North and want to hear from patients and families on what information is important to them!

Open to: Patient partners in the Northern region

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Deadline: April 30, 2019

Member, Child and Youth Mental Health Scientific Advisory Group

Looking for a reservation-based First Nations patient partner willing to share experiences with partners in child and youth mental health  services as a member of the Scientific Advisory Group. The aim of the group is to identify areas of shared concern and prioritize actions to establish a shared vision for improving child and youth mental health in the North. Help this work move forward in a good way that reaches all northern families accessing or requiring child & youth mental health support!

Open to: Patient partners in the Northern region
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Deadline: May 1, 2019
Vancouver Island Region

Member, Comox Valley Primary Care Network Steering Committee

The Comox Valley Primary Care Network is moving ahead with a new governance model and a steering committee is being formed. We’re seeking two patient partner strategic thinkers who can see the big picture and bring the patient voice in a collaborative fashion.

Open to: Patient partners in the Comox Valley area

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Deadline: April 25, 2019

Member, Geography 2 Quality Council

Geography 2 (Nanaimo, Oceanside, Alberni-Clayoquot) is seeking patient partners to join their Quality Council to help ensure the patient voice is represented when quality initiatives are discussed and decisions made. If you live in this area, read on and learn how you can get involved!

Open to: Patient partners in Nanaimo, Oceanside and Alberni-Clayoquot
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Deadline: April 25, 2019