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Member, Pain Skunkworks Event Advisory Team – Providence Health Care Research Institute



Commitment: Long-term

Connection method: Virtual

Open to Fraser – Vancouver Coastal


There is no RSVP for this opportunity. Please email Jami at if you are interested.

Volunteer Opportunity
Addressing the needs of patients experiencing pain needs collective thought and bold ideas. The team at the Providence Health Care Research Institute are seeking two patient partners to be a part of this exciting event to bring together thought leaders to think outside the box about how to help patients experiencing pain.

Lead Organization/Department
Palliative Care – Providence Health Care

• To promote and inspire a culture of innovation through identifying new ideas (concepts, methods, interventions) that shift current research and/or clinical practice in pain; And/or ideas/solutions that have a strong community /social impact focus.
• Patient partners will ensure that the event is designed with patients, families and caregivers at its core through sharing their ideas and experience with pain, helping with planning and implementation of Pain Skunkworks.

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 volunteers from across the province who:
• Have experienced or have family members that have experienced pain and have had it treated in our health care system
• Are comfortable telling their story
• Have experience with small groups
• Can meet using Zoom

The team would be excited to have an indigenous patient partner join the team to share their experience to help ensure that the event reflects what’s important to indigenous patient partners in BC.

There will be an informal conversation about the opportunity and determination of the best fit for both patient and health care partners prior to placement.

• Number of vacancies: 2
• Date/Time: To be determined with the patient partner and event planning team. Start time would be in as soon as possible.
• Commitment: About two hours, one-two meetings a month, with some reading prior to meetings
• Location: Virtual, via zoom.

No out-of-pocket expenses are anticipated for this engagement opportunity. However, if you meet the eligibility criteria, but have concerns about your ability to participate, please contact Jami Brown- to see if support options are available. We are always seeking to better understand and reduce barriers to participation.

Skunkworks is an event that applies rapid innovation to health and care settings through using a shared approach to a problem. It will seek bold ideas to address patients with acute or chronic pain and its consequences. The idea can address either physiological or psychological aspects of pain, including the dynamics of pain, causes and alleviation of pain, and/or treatments to prevent or mitigate pain.

PHC Research Institute is hosting its first Skunkworks event, bringing together researchers, clinicians, academic partners, patients/residents, and the community at large to discuss how to address the problem of pain creatively and through working together.

Pain is problem that has local relevance and global impact. According to the BC Pain Research Network, an estimated 20% of the population suffers from persistent or recurrent pain. An estimated one in five Canadians lives with chronic pain, with significant costs to families, communities, and society.

Health Care Partner Contact Information

Jami Brown | BA, MAPC (she/her/hers)
Engagement Leader
BC Patient Safety & Quality Council

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