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Decreasing smoking near Royal Columbian Hospital entrances

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Commitment: Short-term

Connection method: Hybrid

Open to Fraser – Vancouver Coastal

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Fraser Health has guidelines to support a smoke free environment and there have been efforts to stop people from smoking near Royal Columbian Hospital entrances. Unfortunately, these interventions are not working and site operations continues to receive many complaints from staff, patients, and the public. A small working group has formed to take a structured, quality improvement approach to solving this problem. Smoking is a complex issue and requires a range of perspectives and knowledge. Members of the team include representatives from:
– Facilities Management
– Security
– Mental Health and Substance Use
– Clinical Nurse Educator
– Patient Ambassador
– Occupational Health and Safety
– Site Management Team

The team is recruiting a patient partner to co-design the improvements over the next 6-12 months. A person who smokes or lives with someone who smokes is preferred. The team meets on the last Wednesday of the month at 11:00 for 1 hour (hybrid meetings include in-person and virtual participation).

At first, the working group will be conducting small tests of change to explore ways to solve this problem. Then, a broader strategy will be implemented to help maintain a smoke free environment for all.

Level of Engagement

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


  • An interest in improving health care services
  • A person who smokes or who lives with someone who smokes
Patient Partners ARE NOT required to be PVN members to participate in this engagement opportunity.

Health Care Partner Contact Information

Laura Klein Clinical Practice Consultant, Professional Practice | Fraser Health (604) 613-6598

From Our Community

Agnes Black

Director, Health Services & Clinical Research and Knowledge Translation – Providence Health Care

Agnes Black

It’s really hard to make changes in health care. When a PVN patient partner says, ‘This is important to us’ it keeps us grounded on why a change is needed and keeps us motivated to keep going on projects.