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Member, Skunkworks: Hacking Aging Event

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Commitment: Short-term

Connection method: In-person

Open to Fraser – Vancouver Coastal

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Volunteer Opportunity
Empowering aging through innovation: Seeking older adult patients and family caregivers of seniors to attend a unique two-day mixing of minds will bring together multi-disciplinary teams from Providence Health Care and our partner organizations to work collaboratively on developing patient centered solutions that will improve the lives of older adults. The event will be in person at a downtown Vancouver hotel.


Lead Organization/Department
Research Unit – 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 wound prevention and treatment; And/or ideas/solutions that have a strong community /social impact focus.
• Patient partners who participate in the event will ensure that the teams have the patient’s voices and thoughts incorporated as solutions are developed. They will be asked to participate in the 1.5 days and work within teams to problem solve and develop solutions related to aging.

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 the Vancouver Coastal area who:
• Have experience working with small groups
• Are comfortable sharing your experience
• Are over 55 years old AND/OR families and caregivers with experience with older adults

• Number of vacancies: 8
• Date/Time: 7:30am to 4pm, October 12 and 13, 2023.
• Commitment: One time workshop.
• Location: In person.

A $50 gift card. Both dates, breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Skunkworks is an event that applies rapid innovation to health and care settings through using a shared approach to a problem. The goal is to solve the most pressing challenges facing the older population. This event shines a spotlight on older adults with complex medical and social needs in long term care, acute care, and the emergency department. Themes we are hoping to see challenges emerge from are in dementia, access and equity, social connectivity, mobility and palliative care.

Providence Research hosted the inaugural Skunkworks last November 2021 on pain, and the second one this year was on wounds. Both events brought 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.

Health Care Partner Contact Information

Jami Brown | BA, MAPC (she/her/hers) Engagement Leader BC Patient Safety & Quality Council 604.510.0449

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