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Member, Collaborative Services Committee (Partners for Better Health)

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Commitment: Long-term

Connection method: Virtual

Open to Vancouver Island Region, Patient partners from Peninsula or Western community regions of Victoria (including Esquimalt and View Royal)

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Volunteer Opportunity
Would you like to work alongside a diverse group of stakeholders to improve health care in your community? Would you like to a part of decisions that directly affect health care in your community? If you answered ‘yes’ to both of these questions, this could be the opportunity for you.

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Lead Organization/Department
Island Health, Division of Family Practice, General Practice Service Committee, and other partner organizations

Aim
Partners for Better Health is a collaborative table that brings together diverse interests across South Island Communities to drive better, safer, and more integrated care and wellness.
As a key partner in our governance structure, Patient Partners will participate in Partners for Better Health Committee meetings, listen to and make recommendations, engage in discussion, and be part of the decision-making process. Patient partners will help to develop the strategy and implementation of initiatives.

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.

Eligibility
We are looking for patient partners from the Saanich Peninsula or Western Community regions of Victoria (including Esquimalt and View Royal) who are:
• Motivated to make a positive difference in the experience of patients, families, and caregivers;
• Confident in sharing their ideas in a group setting; and
• Knowledgeable of health care services and systems (an asset, although not required)

• Please note:
This opportunity is not open to patient partners who are currently employed by Island Health
The placement process for this opportunity may include an informal interview between the volunteer and the health care partner.
Applicants must have previously attended a PVN orientation session and completed the Volunteer Agreement. If you have not attended an orientation session but you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Ashley Clark directly to see if accommodations may be possible.

Logistics
• Number of vacancies: 2
• Date/Time: Committee meetings are held virtually on the second Wednesday of every month from 6:00 – 8:00 pm
• Location: Meetings are currently taking place online (via Zoom)
– Please note: meetings may shift to in-person when appropriate
• Commitment: April 2021 to April 2022, with flexibility around the start date

Reimbursement
Pre-approved transportation and parking costs to attend meetings will be reimbursed, if meetings shift from virtual to in-person.

Background
We are a diverse group of people with a deep commitment to the health, care, and wellness of our communities. Partners for Better Health includes representatives from the Western Communities of Esquimalt, View Royal, Colwood, Metchosin, Langford, Highlands, Sooke, and the Juan de Fuca Coast, located on the traditional lands of the T’Sou-ke, Scia’new (Beecher Bay), Pacheedaht (Port Renfrew), Songhees, and Esquimalt First Nations. Partners for Better Health also includes representatives from the Saanich Peninsula, located on the W̱SÁNEĆ lands of the Tsawout, Tsartlip, Tseycum, and Pauquachin First Nations.

Partners for Better Health is a safe collaborative table that brings together diverse interests across South Island communities to drive better, safer, and more integrated care and wellness that will enable:

Our patients to feel safety and trust, be informed and empowered, and receive high quality comprehensive care when they need it from a sustainable, collaborative, multidisciplinary, integrated team of care professionals;

Our doctors and care providers to feel valued, safe, and respected. They will be supported to ensure that they can collectively provide high quality longitudinal care and achieve satisfaction for their patients, their teams, and themselves;

Our community to benefit from access to a collective approach to both prevention and care, including integration of all health services, resulting in increase wellbeing, and measurably improved outcomes in all health areas.

Engagement Leader Contact Information

Ashley Clark
Engagement Leader, Patient & Public Engagement | Vancouver Island
250.812.8908
aclark@bcpsqc.ca

From Our Community

Layton Engwer

Patient Partner, Sooke

Layton Engwer

PVN helped empower me to make meaningful contributions to Primary Care (PC) locally and provincially.  It also facilitated creation of PC Patient Voices which is focused on PC and provides education support and building on shared experiences.