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Member, Collaborative Services Committee (East Kootenay)

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Commitment: Long-term

Connection method: Virtual

Open to Interior Region

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Volunteer Opportunity
Would you like a seat at the table transforming health care in the East Kootenay?


Lead Organization/Department
Interior Health, East Kootenay Primary Care Network

The purpose of this work is to have patient participation on the Collaborative Services Committee. Partners will identify and present clinical issues of concern for patient care outcomes; develop a common understanding of the issues and opportunities; co-determine priorities and co-design solutions. This collaborative process is intended to build on the respective strengths to create a strong partnership.

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

• Live in the East Kootenay
• Able to attend meetings during the work week once per month, quarterly, and as needed.
• It is anticipated that this work will continue for more than a year
• Meetings will be held either in-person (usually in Cranbrook) or by webinar
• Able to video conferencing with Zoom or MS Teams
• Email address with access to a computer
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills
• Experience working at a strategic level
• Understand confidentiality of some discussions
• It is hoped that one of the two patient partners will identify as aboriginal

• Number of patients: 1-2
Location, Date, Time and Frequency:
• Monthly EK CSC Meetings- Currently 2 hrs on the 2nd Friday of the month @ 8 am
• Patient partners will be offered the opportunity to also join the PCN Steering Committee and the PCN Working Groups which feed into to this committee
• The PCN Steering Committee meets monthly and other Working Groups meet as needed
• Participants will be offered Cultural Competency Training as scheduled

Mileage will be reimbursed, other expenses will be considered (pre-approval is required).

The opportunity came about as a result of the desire to improve patient engagement within our work of implementing and improving our primary care network. We have had a patient partner for several years who is no longer able to continue.

This committee is a joint committee between Interior Health, EK Divisions of Family Practice and the Ktunaxa Nation. Members include staff from all partners as well as physicians (FP).

Health Care Partner Contact Information

Carol Stathers
Engagement Leader, Patient and Public Engagement | Interior Region

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