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Advisory committee member, Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility (IDEA) strategy, Northern Health



Commitment: Long-term

Connection method: Virtual

Open to Northern Region


By June, 2024, the Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility (IDEA) Portfolio will draft and release an Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility (IDEA), strategy, working in alignment with ongoing work led by Northern Health Indigenous Health under the Realize Reconciliation and Enhance Cultural Safety Strategic Initiative.

The IDEA strategy that will include:
– What IDEA is at Northern Health.
– The organization’s commitments and accountability to staff, medical staff, patients and families volunteers, and students.
– Specific outcomes and measures.
– How IDEA will be embedded into everything Northern Health does.

Patient partners will share/pull from experience and expertise to advise on inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility opportunities/gaps in Northern Health.

Patient partners will provide recommendations on the decision ideas in the strategy engagement plan.

Meetings are held virtually and will be 1.5 hours 1-2 times a month, for up to 12 months.

Start date: November 30, tentative time: 1:30 – 2:30 pm.

Level of Engagement

This opportunity is at the level of Collaborate on the IAP2 Spectrum of Public Participation.


  • Willing & comfortable to share health care experiences in a group setting
  • Have access to technology and the internet to participate in the engagement opportunity
  • Comfortable using technology to attend online/virtual meetings
  • The time to participate in the engagement opportunity
  • Willing and comfortable to share first hand, lived experience about inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility, direct in a group setting.

Patient Partners ARE required to be PVN members to participate in this engagement opportunity.

Health Care Partner Contact Information

Sarah Munt
Coordinator, Health System Innovation, Quality and Innovation | Northern Health
(250) 645-8607

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Karla Warkotsch

The question I like to ask health care employees is ‘Who is this for?’ and ‘Do we have the right people at the table?’ As a health care employee, I see how easy it is to fall into doing for, rather than doing with patients. The voices of the patient, family and caregiver are essential to ensure the patient is central to the direction and focus of the work being done.