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Focus Group Member, Women’s Health Research Priority Setting

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Open to Fraser – Vancouver Coastal, Patient partners who are women and living in the Lower Mainland

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Are you a woman interested in health research? Help the Women’s Health Research Institute develop their strategic plan by sharing your expectations and goals for women’s health research in BC.

Open to: Patient partners who are women and living in the Lower Mainland

Lead Organization or Department

Women’s Health Research Institute of BC


The goal of this opportunity is to ask patient partners about their expectations for women’s health research in BC to help develop and plan a research strategy. Women patient partners will be asked to identify and prioritize research questions and provide input on study designs.

Level of Engagement

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


  • Any self-identified woman (trans inclusive) interested in women’s health research is welcome to apply.
  • Women with hospital-based research would be ideal.
  • Applicants do not need to have been a patient at BC Women’s Hospital.
If you have a strong interest in this work but have not yet completed a PVN orientation and volunteer agreement, are unsure if your experience is a good fit or feel another format of engagement would work better with your availability, please contact the engagement leader directly.


Vacancies: 3 Date, Time, Location: The single, 90 minutes, in-person focus group session will take place on either September 19, 21, or 27, depending on participant availability. The focus group will be held at BC Women’s Hospital and will include a total of 8 patient partners. There is no training or preparation required for patient partners prior to the focus group.


Patient partners' parking will be reimbursed.


Established in 2005, the Women’s Health Research Institute (WHRI) is one of only two research institutes in the country with an explicit focus on women’s health research; that is, research on or pertaining to women, girls, and newborns. WHRI’s primary mandate is to create “new knowledge and evidence-based solutions that inform and transform the health and health care of women and their families.” This mandate is executed with a provincial focus, with the WHRI empowered to act as the research arm for BC Women’s Hospital and Health Centre, the province’s only dedicated women’s hospital, and part of the Provincial Health Services Authority. We are embarking on the planning for our next five-year strategic plan (2019-2023) and are seeking the input of patients as to the future priorities of the WHRI. The goal of this activity is to hold one patient engagement session during which the Executive Director of the WHRI (Dr. Lori Brotto) will facilitate the discussion by asking attendees about their expectations and goals as patients participating in research affiliated with a hospital-based research.

Engagement Leader Contact Information

Primary Contact:
Larry Mróz
Patient Engagement Coordinator
Phone: 236-521-2065

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