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Member, Boundary Proof of Concept Implementation Working Group

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Open to Interior Region, Patient partners in the Boundary region (Christina Lake to Rock Creek)

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Join an ongoing working group which is helping to transform primary care from a concept to a reality.

Open to: Patient partners in the Boundary region (Christina Lake to Rock Creek)

Lead Organization or Department

Interior Health, Primary and Community Care Transformation


The goal of the working group is to align the collaborative efforts of Interior Health with the physicians as laid out in the "Rural Proof of Concept Model Description: Grand Forks/Kettle Valley GSA Primary Care Home" document (to be shared with confirmed patient partners). We would like patients engaged so that we can learn from their lived experience and have that experience inform the future direction of how we bring the model to life. The patient partners will be full members of the working group, attending monthly meetings at the Boundary District Hospital for 1 hour. There may be reading or other work that would happen outside of this time.

Level of Engagement

This opportunity is at the level of collaborate on the spectrum of engagement. The promise to you is that the research partner will work together with you to formulate solutions and incorporate your advice and recommendations into the decisions to the maximum extent possible.


  • Comfortable articulating their thoughts within the group
  • Interest in primary care (physician clinics, home health, mental health, non-Interior Health community services), not necessarily as a patient, but can not be an Interior Health employee
  • Able to attend meetings in person at Boundary District Hospital
  • Lives within the Christina Lake to Rock Creek corridor.
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: 2-3
  • In-person meetings at Boundary District Hospital. The next first engagement meeting is scheduled for Dec 14, 9:30am-10:30.  The patient partners will receive agendas and minutes while they are part of the working group.
  • Commitment is approximately one year.


Mileage to travel to meetings will be covered.


The group consists of Interior Health (IH) staff, physicians and Division of Family Practice staff. There is a potential risk that the patients may feel overwhelmed with the conversations. The IH Transformation Lead will be available to support the patient partners before and after meetings in case there's any knowledge gap. A draft of The Terms of Reference will be reviewed at the first meeting so that the group may edit it. The care setting is primary care which includes community.

Engagement Leader Contact Information

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


From Our Community

Jeanette Foreman

Northwest Quality Improvement Lead, Quality and Innovation, Northern Health

Jeanette Forman

PVN has really helped us engage with patient partners to improve health services at Northern Health.  It is more and more becoming the norm to include patients in the design, delivery and evaluation of health services.  PVN education and supports, involving patient partners, have enabled us to develop the capacity to include the patient voice to make care better and achieve better health outcomes.