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Deadline: Open until filled
Open to Interior Region, Patient partners in Revelstoke and surrounding area
The Revelstoke Maternity Project team is working to find ways to enhance local maternity care. An essential part of this work is gaining a first-hand understanding of the wants and needs of women in the community. Help ensure maternity care in town is the best it can be!
Open to: Patient partners in Revelstoke and surrounding area
Lead Organization or DepartmentRevelstoke Division of Family Practice
By engaging patient partners in this work, it is our hope that the project work will best serve the wants and needs of maternity care for women in Revelstoke.
Level of EngagementThis 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 accessing maternity services in Revelstoke (or surrounding area)
- Comfort telling their story
- Comfortable sharing ideas with/speaking with a group of 10-15 people
- Vacancies: 2
- Location: Queen Victoria Hospital, Revelstoke.
- Frequency: Bi-monthly meetings (except in July, August and December when there will be only one meeting/month)
- Date/time: TBD - meetings may take place early morning, during the business day or during the evenings.
- It is anticipated that this work will continue for up to a period of one year.
ReimbursementIf meetings exceed two hours in duration or take place in the evenings, catering will be provided.
BackgroundIn recent years, many rural and remote areas of British Columbia have lost access to their maternity care services. This often means that pregnant women must travel, sometimes great distances, to receive basic maternity care. With just 80-100 births per year, Revelstoke is considered a very small community. Having surgically trained physicians and anesthesiologists in our community increases a woman’s ability to deliver locally. While we are fortunate to have exceptional health care providers in town, the Revelstoke Maternity Project is aware that local women would like to see changes. It is our hope that through research, collaboration and community engagement, we can find ways to improve the quality and diversity of care offered here in a sustainable way. The patient partner will be asked to be an active member of the project's working group - a team of maternity physicians, midwives, obstetric and public health nurses, doulas and Interior Health representation. The Revelstoke Maternity Group has received funding from Shared Care to begin researching ways to use interprofessional collaboration (IPC) to improve maternity care in Revelstoke. IPC encourages maternity care providers to work together to provide the best care possible. Research shows that this type of collective care has significant positive effects on a woman’s access to services as well as the quality of care she receives. We strongly believe that Revelstoke’s maternity care services should meet the needs of local women and their community. Through this research, we hope to identify a way to provide the care Revelstoke women want in a way that supports women’s choices while providing effective, personalized care. The working group is comprised of local maternity physicians, midwives, obstetric and public health nurses, specialist physicians and Interior Health representation.
Health Care Partner Contact Information
Engagement Leader, Patient and Public Engagement | Okanagan, Interior Region
This opportunity will be open until it is filled.