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Interview and Survey Participant, South Peace Exploratory Collaborative Maternity Model

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Commitment: Short-term

Connection method: Virtual

Open to Northern Region, patient partners from Dawson Creek, Chetwynd, Tumbler Ridge, Saulteau, West Moberly and surrounding communities in the South Peace

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Volunteer Opportunity
Are you someone in the South Peace region who: was recently pregnant, is currently pregnant, is planning on becoming pregnant, or caring for someone who is pregnant? South Peace physicians, working with the provincial Divisions of Family Practice initiative, want to listen and learn from you as they explore a potential new approach to collaborative maternity care.


Lead Organization/Department
Divisions of Family Practice

Patients, Indigenous partners, and caregivers for pregnant people are crucial to understanding how a collaborative maternity model might work, and we need to hear from them to understand their needs, aspirations, and measures of success for maternity care in the South Peace. Patients, Indigenous partners, and caregivers for pregnant people will be invited to take part in an online survey or interviews to share their insights.

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.

• If you are considering pregnancy, aged 19-45, are currently pregnant or post-natal, or were pregnant in the last 5 years, or if you are a partner/spouse/family member who is caring for someone who is pregnant
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 Cathy Almost

• Number of vacancies: 6
Date and Time: Online survey: 14 May – 28 May (10 min survey and 60 min interview) – Interviews: booked at the convenience of the patient partner
Location: Virtual or phone
Commitment: one time

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.

South Peace physicians, working with the provincial Divisions of Family Practice initiative, are exploring a potential collaborative maternity model of care. A collaborative model could improve the patient experience, improve health outcomes, and ease the strain on the health care system and health care staff. However, we need to determine whether or not this is a good fit for all of us.

South Peace physicians, working with the provincial Divisions of Family Practice initiative, is looking to explore how a collaborative model for maternity care delivery might be implemented in the communities of Dawson Creek, Tumbler Ridge, Chetwynd, West Moberly First Nation, Saulteau First Nation. Through engagement the working group will better understand and document the needs, aspirations and measures of success for clinicians and patients, including those who are seldom heard.

While it is uncertain if a collaborative model might be adopted, what is certain is that the status quo is not sustainable and must change to ensure that patients and babies receive high-quality care, clinicians are supported to delivery high-quality care, and there is better standardization of care.

Following the engagement process, the engagement findings would then be used by the working group to develop a path forward which may include a needs assessment and/or gap analysis, as well as a possible recommendation about how to move forward with a collaborative model of care or how to manage the impacts associated with losing a number of care providers.

Delaney, a stakeholder engagement firm have been hired to support with engagement planning, facilitation, and report. Their role in this process is to be a third-party neutral facilitator and not a subject matter expert; they steward the process and remain neutral on the results of the decision.

Engagement Leader Contact Information

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

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