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Member, Technical Working Group, Learning Health System Development – BC Academic Health Sciences Network (BC-AHSN)



Commitment: Long-term

Connection method: Virtual

Open to Provincial Region


Volunteer Opportunity
To improve services, health care teams learning about new approaches are best supported through coordinated efforts. The BC Academic Health Science Network is asking two patient partners to join their technical working group to co-create the learning health system framework for BC.


Lead Organization/Department
BC Academic Health Science Network (BC-AHSN)

• To clarify the language of learning health systems and co-create the learning health system framework for BC
To describe emerging learning health systems in BC
 Patient partners will share their experience and ideas as a member of the working group to ensure that what matters to patients is an important part of the development of this framework

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 volunteers from across the province who:
Have a working knowledge of health systems improvement practices
Are committed to working in a team
Have a working knowledge of the Canadian health care system
Have interest in learning and/or experience in a developing learning for others
Are confident to share their views and experience
Can commit to attending meetings and some reading outside of meeting times

• Number of vacancies: 2
Date/Time: To be determined with successful patient partner.
Commitment: One meeting per month (60-90 mins each), for a one-year term. An additional (One-Two hours per month) in between contributions may include identifying additional key stakeholders or documents; reviewing proposals, reports, or data collection materials; sharing results and outputs back within respective networks; and participating in other AHSN learning health system events.
Location: Via Zoom

Orientation: A primary staff person will be the point person for the patient partner, and will provide an orientation to the committee, and on-going communication throughout the placement.

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.

We are always seeking ways to reduce barriers to participation. If you meet the eligibility and would like to be considered for this opportunity, but have some financial limitations, please contact Jami Brown to see if there are any support options possible. Otherwise, no expenses are anticipated.

The lack of unified understanding and acceptance of Learning Health System (LHS) terminology remains a barrier to understanding how such approaches enable health care improvements locally, regionally, and provincially.

A Learning Health System is:
• Anchored on patient needs, views, and goals
• Focused on improving patient care experiences and health at manageable costs and with positive provider experiences
• Driven by timely data and evidence
• Supported by appropriate decision supports and aligned governance, financial, and delivery arrangements.
• Enabled with a culture of rapid learning and improvement

While the ‘Learning Health System’ is a newer term, it suggests concepts from other approaches in health care and research aimed to improve care outcomes. The hope is to build a learning health system framework that works for all. Please see the Terms of Reference for more details on this opportunity.

Health Care Partner Contact Information

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

From Our Community

Nancy J. Wood

Patient Partner, Sidney

Nancy J. Wood

I was thrilled to discover the Patient Voices Network, where the array of places to be the voice of a patient is vast and incredibly interesting. Besides my ongoing “gig” with the BC Emergency Medicine Network, I have enjoyed being involved in several one-off initiatives. I love working with professionals who genuinely value the perspectives of their patient partners.