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Advisor, Chronic Pain Network Working Group, Northwest

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Commitment: Long-term

Connection method: Virtual

Open to Northern Region, patient partners from Northwest (Haida Gwaii to Houston)

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Volunteer Opportunity
The Pacific Northwest Division of Family Practice is seeking a Patient Partner Advisor to help with the creation and expansion of chronic pain network for the area. The goal is to help support the development of better services for patients and family members.


Lead Organization/Department
Pacific Northwest Division of Family Practice

The Pacific Northwest Chronic Pain network is trying to improve supports for patients the pacific northwest. We know those with lived experience can offer unique input into our work. We are looking for a Patient Partner Advisor that can meet online via Zoom to help with the committee work and assist in providing direction as we try to transform these services.

Level of Engagement
This opportunity is at the level of collaborate on the spectrum of engagement. The promise to you is that the health care partner will work together with you to formulate solutions and incorporate your advice and recommendations into the decisions to the maximum extent possible.

• Experience with committee work an asset
• Live in the Pacific Northwest (Haida Gwaii east to Houston)
• Available during business hours, and some evenings
• Experience with Zoom (or willingness to learn) and reliable internet required
• Please note:
– The placement process for this opportunity may include an informal interview between the volunteer and the health care partner.

• Number of vacancies: 1
• Date and Time: Frequency will be one hour every two weeks
• Location: Virtual via Zoom
• Commitment: seven months to a year

No out of pocket expenses are anticipated for this engagement opportunity. However, if you meet the eligibility criteria, but have concerns about your ability to participate, please contact Cathy Almost at to see if support options are available. We are always seeking to better understand and reduce barriers to participation.

The Pacific Northwest Division of Family Practice has received a grant through the Shared Care Committee to create a chronic pain network. At present, a local chronic pain clinic does not exist. Patients must travel extensive distances to receive support. With the guidance of Dr. Dufour, community representatives and partners with family physicians across the pacific northwest the network aims to improve supports for chronic pain patients, their families, caregivers and providers. We are at the beginning phase of the project and are currently in the development of a steering committee and partnership phase.

Health Care Partner Contact Information

Cathy Almost
Engagement Leader, Patient and Public Engagement | Northern Region

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