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Member, First Nations Information Sharing Provincial Working Group

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Open to Provincial Region, Patient partners across the province

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Bringing high quality patient care to remote areas gives people the option of healing close to home. Lend your voice to the discussion of increasing access to information and data sharing for First Nations communities through this interesting provincial working group.

Open to: Patient partners across the province

Lead Organization or Department

Information Privacy and Security Standing Committee


The working group will form recommendations to share with the leadership council on how to streamline and ensure health information reaches the appropriate health care professionals as a patient moves from health care sites back to their communities. The  patient partner will provide input into the recommendations and identify any concerns or gaps they may see along the way.

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.


Patient partners from across British Columbia who have experience: • Working with First Nations peoples and/or organizations • With health care services in remote areas • Working with government agencies or health care settings (Preferred, but not a requirement) **If you are interested, but are not a current PVN member, contact Teresa for a further discussion.


  • Vacancies: 1
  • Date/Time: Meetings will occur once or twice a month  via teleconference.
  • There has been one meeting already, with a second scheduled for the week of March 12. Subsequent meeting dates and times have not yet been set


Meetings will take place via teleconference therefore travel and expenses are not expected. However if travel is required, expenses will be covered by the FNHA


Regional health authorities have recognized a gap in service delivery, particularly with the sharing of patient information and records between First Nations Health Service Organizations and Regional Health Authorities. The First Nations Information Sharing Working Group is a subcommittee formed by Provincial Information Privacy and Security Standing Committee, a Standing Committee of Health Sector Information Management and Information Technology Standing Committee, which in turn receives its mandate from the BC Health Leadership Council. Please visit this link for more background

Engagement Leader Contact Information

Teresa Bissenden
Engagement Leader, Patient and Public Engagement | Provincial

From Our Community

Christine Wallsworth

Patient Partner, Vancouver

Christine Wallsworth

Patient and family partners should not be a check box on research proposals! They need to be involved right from the start. I know patient and family partners are doing their part by providing their knowledge to researchers from their lived experience.  It’s a win-win for us to work together through PVN to make sure our input drives improvements.