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2018 Rural Health Services Research Conference – Building Intersections for Vibrant Rural Communities

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Open to Interior Region, Patient partners in the Interior region

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Are you interested in shaping a vibrant program for a conference about rural health as part of a steering committee? We are looking for a patient partner to join us in creating a dynamic, engaging environment for learning, sharing ideas and results of research, and creating new research partnerships for rural health.

Open to: Patient partners in the Interior region

Lead Organization or Department

Interior Health


The aim is to include patient partners in the planning of the 2018 Building Intersections conference and explore ways to find a strong patient partner presence at this conference.

Level of Engagement

This opportunity is at the level of collaborate (at a local community or program level) on the spectrum of engagement ( The promise to you is that the health care partner will look to you for advice in decision making, developing alternatives, and solutions and include your recommendations into the decision as much as possible.


  • Experience contributing to meetings
  • Willingness to explore how the conference can be welcoming to patients, families and caregivers
  • Some experience in a research team would be beneficial
  • Ideally one of the two patient partners will live in the Kootenay area
  • Patients should have previously attended a PVN orientation session. If you have not attended an orientation but are interested please contact the Engagement Leader directly to see if accommodations may be possible


  • Vacancies: 2
  • Meetings are on the first Monday of the month from 1100-1200, staring in May 2017 until May 2018.
  • It is anticipated that the group will not need to meet in July, August, or December.
  • Meetings are held by teleconference
  • Commitment: 7-12 months


We will budget for patient partners to attend the conference in Nelson, covering costs of registration fees, travel and accommodation. Participation in the steering committee does not limit any individual's opportunity to submit an abstract to the conference.


The 2018 Building Intersections conference is hosted by Interior Health and the Rural Health Services Research Network of BC. It will be held in Nelson in late May or early June of 2018. The purpose of the conference is to bring together a diverse group of stakeholders, from across sectors and communities, to share ideas and spark dialogue about how research can play a role in cultivating vibrant rural communities.

Health Care Partner Contact Information

Carol Stathers
Engagement Leader, Patient and Public Engagement | Okanagan, Interior Region


From Our Community

Nancy J. Wood

Patient Partner, Sidney

Nancy J. Wood

I was thrilled to discover the Patient Voices Network, where the array of places to be the voice of a patient is vast and incredibly interesting. Besides my ongoing “gig” with the BC Emergency Medicine Network, I have enjoyed being involved in several one-off initiatives. I love working with professionals who genuinely value the perspectives of their patient partners.