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Member, Patient Engagement Project Advisory Council

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Open to Interior Region, Patient partners in the Thompson/Cariboo area

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Do you want to help co-create meaningful engagement support services? Do you have experience with patient and public engagement in quality improvement and research? Interior Health, together with BC SUPPORT Unit, needs patient partners to be involved in this patient engagement advisory council.

Open to: Patient partners in the Thompson/Cariboo area

Lead Organization or Department

Research Department, Interior Health; BC SUPPORT Unit Interior Centre


Patient engagement in health care improvement and research projects is not a new idea, but investments, requirements and incentives for doing this are evolving. Despite the best intentions by Interior Health, it is unclear how to best engage patient partners with diverse experiences and backgrounds, and how to measure and demonstrate the impact of patient engagement. The purpose of the study conducted by the Research Team is to examine the current organization and practices of patient engagement in the Interior region: what does this look like? And what are the experiences of providers, researchers and patients/patient partners in the practice? The purpose of the Patient Engagement Project Advisory Council is to work together with the research team to provide feedback in the entire research process and help set priorities on specific elements of the study. These elements are recruitment strategy, study logistics and knowledge mobilization. The role of the patient partner is to provide active and constructive contributions to the Advisory Council’s work, and to support the research team to successfully complete this one-year project.

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.


  • Experience working together with researchers, patient partners and Interior Health staff would be preferred
  • Comfortable using computer to join online meetings


Vacancies: 2 Location, date, time and frequency: There will be two to three one-hour meetings a year. Meetings will be online via Interior Health’s Webex System (see background section for more information about Webex). An in-person meeting will be held in the fall or winter of 2019. Commitment: Approximately one year


Mileage, meals and accommodation for in-person meetings will be reimbursed.


The BC Support for People and Patient-Oriented Research and Trials (SUPPORT) Unit is a multi-partner organization created to support, streamline and increase patient-oriented research throughout British Columbia. We provide services to patients, researchers, health care providers and health system decision makers. The Unit is part of Canada’s Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR), led by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). Along with Clinical Trials BC and Research Ethics BC, the Unit is part of the BC Academic Health Science Network (BC AHSN). Learn more about our mission, goals and objectives. The Interior Centre is a partnership between Interior Health Authority and the University of British Columbia Okanagan (UBCO). In 2017-2018, the Interior Centre focused on leading patient-oriented research, increasing the scale of and engagement in new initiatives and improving health quality overall. A proactive approach to relationship building with patient, community and Aboriginal partners was the focus of patient engagement activities. The Interior Centre formed a Patient Engagement in Research Committee (the PEiR). A recommendation was made to examine current co-operation in the health research domain.  That is what we study among other things for that matter. Webex: Interior Health’s Webex System is an online meeting that allows you to virtually meet with other people, without leaving your home or office. Webex meetings require a computer with Internet access and a separate phone line. By logging into the meeting via the Internet, you will be able to see the presenter’s computer screen teleconference and web sessions.

Health Care Partner Contact Information

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

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