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Island Health Climate Change and Planetary Health Virtual Focus Group



Commitment: One-time

Connection method: Virtual

Open to Vancouver Island Region


Island Health’s Climate Change Steering Committee is currently developing a new Climate Change and Planetary Health Strategy to identify multi-year priorities and align the organization’s efforts towards a common vision.

Patient partner engagement is critical to understanding what issues are important to patients and the community, the role Island Health should play in addressing climate change, and what new ideas or solutions might exist that we have not considered.

A virtual 1-hour focus group on August 31, 2023 at 10:00 am PST is being held. Patient partners residing on Vancouver Island and the Southern or Northern Gulf Islands are invited to participate.

The focus group will be hosted by Island Health’s Planning Department and include discussion on five key engagement questions. Questions will be sent ahead of time to confirmed attendees. Questions regarding the session can be sent to Rory Allen, Director of Program and Community Planning at

Climate Change and Planetary Health Engagement Sessions: Background Information

Level of Engagement

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


  • Have access to technology and the internet to participate in the engagement opportunity
  • Comfortable using technology to attend online/virtual meetings
  • An interest in improving health care services
  • The time to participate in the engagement opportunity
Patient Partners ARE required to be PVN members to participate in this engagement opportunity.

Health Care Partner Contact Information

Megan Mills Consultant, Planning | Island Health (250) 370-8111

From Our Community

Karla Warkotsch

Patient Experience Consultant – Interior Health

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.