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Member, Knowledge Translation User Engagement Network

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Commitment: Long-term

Connection method: Virtual

Open to Provincial Region

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Volunteer Opportunity
Would you like to work alongside the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) and other health care partners on planning for public information/education materials related to public health issues (e.g., COVID-19 and other health related topics) in BC? If yes, this could be the opportunity for you!


Lead Organization/Department
BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC)

BCCDC is developing materials for the public to support understanding of and the province’s response to public health issues. This includes (but is not limited to) COVID-19, transition into the endemic phase and other health messaging. We are looking for Patient Partners to participate in a nimble provincial Network to coordinate how members of the public and communities are engaged in the development of these materials. It will be valuable to have the unique lens of Patient Partners in this planning to provide input into discussions from the perspective of people who will be receiving the materials.

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.

Open to Patient Partners across the province who:
• Are comfortable asking questions and offering their opinion in large groups
• Have access to and are comfortable using technology to join online meetings
• Can be flexible with the meeting schedule, and are able to respond to time sensitive issues

Ideally one Patient Partner will be selected from an urban/metro area and one Patient Partner from a remote and rural community.

Please note that informal interviews will also be a part of the recruitment process.

If you have a strong interest in this work but have not yet completed a PVN orientation and Patient Partner Comittments, are unsure if your experience is a good fit or feel another format of engagement would work better with your availability, please contact Carol Stathers.

• Number of vacancies: 2
• Date and Time: Meeting schedule to be determined by the group (1 hour monthly). Next meeting scheduled for March 29. Email exchanges may be needed on specific projects.
• Location: Online meetings via Zoom
• Commitment: Seven months to a year, with the possibility of an extension

At this time, there are no reimbursable expenses as meeting are held virtually. If they resume to in-person, expenses will be discussed with participants.

The BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) and its partners disseminate critical information related to responding to the public health issues (such as COVID-19 pandemic and other health related topics) which support the health and wellness of British Columbians. Often, this information is shared in the form of written and visual materials. It is important that these materials are understandable, accessible and appropriate for communities and the general public. Members of the Knowledge Translation User Engagement Network will include Patient Partners and representation from BCCDC, the regional Health Authorities, Ministry of Health and the Council.

The Network aims to:
• Provide an opportunity to link outputs between BCCDC and Health Authorities to increase reach and reduce duplication of effort
• Ground the work in a community context
• Work collaboratively on provincial documents, that can be adapted for each Health Authority
• Provide consistent public health messaging through BCCDC with input from Health Authorities

Health Care Partner Contact Information

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

From Our Community

Laura Parmar

Physician Quality Improvement Coach — Northern Health

Laura Palmer

It has been so rewarding to go from an idea to working with such a great group of dedicated people from so many different organizations towards a very fun and rewarding project. Several extremely engaged PVN members expressed interest in being part of piloting a patient virtual care peer support system. I am confident that this is the beginning of many more exciting collaborations!