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Member, Aboriginal Mental Wellness Plan (AMWP) Evaluation Working Group

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Open to Interior Region, Patient partners from across the Interior Region

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Interior Health is implementing the Aboriginal Mental Wellness Plan. We are looking for Aboriginal patient partners to join a working group that will meet every 3 weeks for 1.5-2 hours to help us finalize how we will evaluate and monitor progress on this plan. We are accountable to you and we need your help to make sure we are successful!

Open to: Patient partners from across the Interior Region

Lead Organization or Department

Interior Health, Mental Health and Substance Use


Interior Health approved the Aboriginal Mental Wellness Plan to work towards our goal of improving the mental health and wellness of Aboriginal peoples in the Interior. We had Aboriginal Patient Partners involved in providing input and direction in the development of the plan and draft evaluation framework. We need Aboriginal Patient Partners to assist us in identifying the best process, methods and tools needed to hear from Aboriginal patients and families on how they feel we are doing, and what measures we need to look at when we are monitoring the mental wellness of Aboriginal peoples.

Level of Engagement

This opportunity is at the level of collaborate (at a local community or program level) on the spectrum of engagement. The promise to you is that the health care partner will look to you for advice in decision making, developing alternatives, and solutions and include your recommendations into the decision as much as possible.


  • self-identify as Aboriginal
  • residing in the Interior Region (on or off reserve)
  • evaluation experience an asset
  • knowledge of mental health and substance use
  • experience with technology (as meetings by teleconference and WebEx)


Number of vacancies: 2 Location, Date, Time and Frequency: meetings will likely be by teleconference and WebEx every 3 weeks for 1.5-2 hours for up to 6 months. We are looking to start mid-September. Potentially may need to meet in-person on occasion.


We are able to reimburse travel expenses for any required in person meetings according the Interior Health travel policy.


We will be revisiting the draft evaluation framework that was started by the planning committee and Aboriginal PVN Patient Partners. This Evaluation Working group will finalize the draft and identify performance indicators to monitor the AMWP progress and mental wellness of the Aboriginal population in the Interior region. The Aboriginal Mental Wellness Plan can be found here. Others involved in the process will be our Aboriginal partners - First Nations Health Authority Interior Region, Metis Nation BC, Urban Aboriginal Organizations.

Health Care Partner Contact Information

Jacquelyne Foidart
Engagement Leader, Patient and Public Engagement | Thompson Cariboo

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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.