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Participants, Citizens Discussion Group – Rural, Remote and First Nations Partnership Workshop

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Open to Provincial Region, Patient partners from rural, remote and First Nations communities across the province

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You are invited to attend a gathering of individuals from rural, remote and First Nations communities to share your experience and perspective on topics relating to health care in British Columbia.

Open to: Patient partners from rural, remote and First Nations communities across the province

Lead Organization or Department

BC Patient Safety & Quality Council


To contribute to structured conversations on the following four topics:
  • Culturally safe care
  • Transportation
  • Virtual care
  • Team-based care
The information from this meeting will be presented to the Ministry of Health, through our “Pentagram Partnership.”

Level of Engagement

This opportunity is at the level of involve on the spectrum of engagement. The promise to you is that the health care partner will involve patients in planning and design phases to ensure ideas or concerns are considered and reflected in alternatives and recommendations.


Reside in rural, remote or First Nations community.


Vacancies: 4 Location, date, time and frequency:
  • March 30
  • 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Location: Vancouver, BC - Fairmont Vancouver Airport, Canvasback Room
Commitment: One time


Pre-approved travel and accommodation expenses will be covered.


What is the Pentagram Partnership? Charles Boelen authored a paper for the WHO in 2000 around the partnership Pentagon/Pentagram. This has subsequently become the foundational model, accepted by all medical schools in Canada as a framework for socially accountable health education. We have adapted this by adding a 6th partner to use this framework for socially accountable health system change. At this meeting you can expect a casual environment with structured conversation covering the following four topics:
  1. Culturally Safe Care: Discussions about community led, culturally safe training and continuous learning.
  2. Transportation: Discuss the transport of patients with a view to decreasing the amount of time it takes from the moment of an accident/incident to the arrival of the patient at the first level of care. (e.g., hospital)
  3. Virtual Care: (bringing services to the patient using technology) Discuss the increase of local healthcare provider capacity through the access of resources linked to a provider network in a larger centre.
  4. Team-based Care: With the provincial roll out of Primary Care Networks, we need to understand what team-based care means for rural, remote and First Nations communities.
We will ask you to bring your perspective on these topics. These perspectives will help inform the discussions at the provincial level through the “Pentagram Partnership.” The partners in this context include: Citizens: The people of BC at a provincial level they would include a coalescence of groups looking at supporting health in First Nation and rural communities. From an equity perspective we need to ensure a strong First Nations voice. Health Administrators: In our context Health Authorities, both geographic and First Nations Health Authority /self-governing First Nations. Policy Makers: Ministry of Health initially but one can quickly see the potential for other ministry involvement. Academia: Educators and learners. Providers: The perspective of those providing health care services. The 6th group we have added to this model is: Linked sectors: this includes industry who has a vested interest in the health of the people working for them and the impact of their work on health, as well as nonprofits working in areas related to the social determinants of health e.g. environment, housing etc.

Engagement Leader Contact Information

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

From Our Community

Shana Ooms

Executive Director of Primary Care Strategy, Policy and Quality — BC Ministry of Health

Shana Ooms

Where those of us in the room may have debated policy or wording, patient voices made sure patients were top of mind. And as a result, significant improvements were made to simplify something that was otherwise complex. Patient voices at the table bring us back to reality in terms of what we are trying to achieve.