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Member, Interior Health Primary Care Patient Reference Group

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Open to Interior Region, Patient partners in the Interior Health region

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Are you interested in contributing a patient perspective to the delivery of primary and community care? Interior Health is bringing partners together to develop a new way of supporting patients in their health care needs.

Open to: Patient partners in the Interior Health region

Lead Organization or Department

Interior Health Primary Care


Interior Health (IH) is working together with the Divisions of Family Practice (DoFP) to find ways to support the creation of an integrated system of care at a local level in each community. Patients are currently engaged at the local level. This new opportunity for patient input focuses on the regional level where IH/DoFP work on the development of regional policies, patient surveys and regional perspectives from a patient lens. Patient partners who would be part of this work would be called upon to share their perspective of Primary Care change from a regional viewpoint.

Level of Engagement

This opportunity is at the level of involve on the spectrum of engagement ( The promise to you is that the health care partner will involve patients in planning and design phases to ensure ideas or concerns are considered and reflected in alternatives and recommendations.


Ideal Patient Partners for this engagement will have:
  • Experience or skill in document review.
  • Comfort with a variety of tasks of different skills levels.Comfort with possible short deadlines and long spaces between requests for input.
  • Ability to discuss issues with a regional rather than local perspective.
  • Should have computer/telephone access.
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
  • Format: Teleconference and Video Conference
  • Frequency: The groups meets monthly on the third Thursday of the month from 9 – 10 am. Next meeting is February 15. Some areas where support may be requested would be: policy or document review, survey development or review, website or communications review, "sounding board" for ideas, additional focus group members if needed.
  • Commitment: 7 months to a year


Expenses should not occur for this group as meetings and work will occur via teleconference or webinar. However, if a face-to-face meeting does occur, patient costs would be covered for travel, meals and accommodations.


Some work with Primary Care Proof of Concept communities has already occurred within IH. The work started to move forward at a more regional level with patient involvement in November 2007. The Reference group would now like to expand the diversity of patient partners in the group. The Primary Care Patient Reference group will be working primarily with leaders within IH. As health care is a constantly evolving landscape, there may be times when the work stalls or Ministry blackouts occur. There may be long stretches of time when requests for feedback will not occur, and interested parties should be comfortable with a varied pace from slow to short deadlines. Patient partners can contribute from their own communities.

Health Care Partner Contact Information

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


From Our Community

Laura Klein

Clinical Practice Consultant in Fraser Health

Laura Klein

Seeking the patient perspective doesn’t have to be complicated; it simply entails a commitment to ask and listen. Patient advisors not only bring a valuable perspective but also share original ideas and unique skills. Including the patient and family perspective changes the conversation and aligns the team’s focus towards common goals.