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Do You Want to Help Shape the Future of Virtual Health in BC?

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It’s an exciting time for virtual health! Virtual health is a way to provide care and services using different types of technology to connect providers with their clients and families who may not be in the same location. The use of these technologies has rapidly increased since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, and now more than ever health care systems and programs are recognizing the value of virtual tools to improve patient care and experience.

That said, a strong and sustainable future for virtual health depends on the meaningful inclusion of the patient voice in virtual health’s continued expansion.

That’s why we the Provincial Health Services Authority’s (PHSA) Office of Virtual Health (OVH) is developing a Patient and Community Partnership Toolkit. The toolkit will help guide OVH staff in making sure that the patient voice is embedded in our work at every step of the way. The toolkit will consist of a few practical resources for the above purpose.
To develop this toolkit, we are recruiting BC based patient co-lead(s), to work at a high level with a team of OVH staff members in the development of this toolkit.

Details of the opportunity:
When: We are hoping to begin this project as soon as possible, starting with an
orientation, relationship-building, and planning meeting before the December holiday
period and with work ramping up in the early part of 2022 (January to March) .
How: We anticipate meeting virtually via Zoom. If there are in person meetings,
expenses will be covered.
How often: Weekly meetings, with 1-3 hours of work inclusive of meetings per week up
to March 31, 2021, with the possibility of extension.
Honorarium: $25/hour.

Is this opportunity right for you?
• You have experience as a patient partner, and are familiar with patient partnership best
practices – including the challenges health system partners should avoid.
• You are able to participate in virtual meetings (have device and internet access).
• You have an interest in virtual health, and are interested in working to make virtual
health more accessible, equitable, and meaningful for patients.

How to get involved:
Send an email to Marlee McGuire at with a quick note on your
availability, your experience as a patient partner, and why you are interested in this opportunity.

From Our Community

Jeanette Foreman

Northwest Quality Improvement Lead, Quality and Innovation, Northern Health

Jeanette Forman

PVN has really helped us engage with patient partners to improve health services at Northern Health.  It is more and more becoming the norm to include patients in the design, delivery and evaluation of health services.  PVN education and supports, involving patient partners, have enabled us to develop the capacity to include the patient voice to make care better and achieve better health outcomes.