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Member(s), COVID-19 Recovery Planning Steering Groups – Island Health

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Open to Vancouver Island Region, Patient partners across Island Health

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Island Health is creating new alignment across the organization to better serve distinct populations that have been particularly impacted through COVID-19. These steering groups will be accountable for recommending strategy to the organization that best supports enhanced resourcing and services for these populations.

Open to: Patient partners across Island Health

Lead Organization or Department

Island Health, Patient Experience


The aim of this work is to ensure we have a robust recovery plan that will support a potential second wave of COVID-19 in the fall. Patient partners are vital in ensuring that the strategies put forward are based on a patient centric approach and serve the needs of all patient populations. Patient partners will be asked to attend steering committee meetings (by phone or Zoom) and contribute their experience and knowledge to the discussion to shape strategy. There are seven different Steering Group Opportunities:
  1. Public Health
  2. Primary Care, Community Care, and Emergency Departments
  3. Acute and Ambulatory Care
  4. Underserved, Marginally Housed Populations
  5. Long Term and Congregate Care
  6. Indigenous and Rural Remote Communities
  7. Surgical Renewal

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.


• Open to patient partners from the Island Health Region • Experience working in large groups • Comfort telling your story Please note: This opportunity is not open to patient partners who are currently employed by Island Health The placement process for this opportunity may include an informal interview between the patient and health care partner. Applicants must have previously attended a PVN orientation session and completed the Volunteer Agreement. If you have not attended an orientation session but you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Ashley Clark directly to see if accommodations may be possible.


  • Number of vacancies: 4 patient partners for each Steering Committee (total of 28 patient partners)
  • Date/Time: Meetings will be once a week for 2 hours at a time
  • Location: Teleconference or Zoom
  • Commitment: One year with the possibility of renewal


There are no anticipated costs associated with this opportunity.


This opportunity has come about due to our need to focus on particular populations that have been or could be particularly impacted through COVID-19. There will be other Island Health staff from various departments as members of the Steering Committee. Additional background materials will be available as soon as possible.

Health Care Partner Contact Information

Ashley Clark
Engagement Leader, Patient & Public Engagement | Vancouver Island

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Shana Ooms

Executive Director of Primary Care Strategy, Policy and Quality — BC Ministry of Health

Shana Ooms

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