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Member, Type 2 Diabetes Network Partnership Alliance Advisory Group

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Open to Provincial Region, Patient partners across the province

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Preventing, delaying, reversing and improving treatment for patients is the goal of the newly forming Type 2 Diabetes Network Partnership Alliance Advisory Group! They are seeking two patient partners with type 2 diabetes experience to share their lived experience as they review evidence-based practice and work together to address type 2 diabetes in BC.

Open to: Patient partners across the province

Lead Organization or Department

BC Patient Safety & Quality Council (BCPSQC)


The role of the patient partner is to provide the patient perspective on Type 2 Diabetes as a person with lived experience or a family member or caregiver of someone with lived experience. To foster our grounding in the person- and family-centred care, membership will include a minimum of two people with diabetes.

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.


• Lived experience with Type 2 Diabetes (or close family member or caregiver) • Knowledge of prevention and management options an asset • Comfort with telling your story on prevention and management of Type 2 Diabetes It's an asset if you like technology and can review documents outside of meetings! Please complete the PVN orientation and sign the volunteer agreement. If you are interested, are unsure about the fit for you, or want to talk about it further before an RSVP, please contact Cathy Almost.


  • Vacancies: 2
  • Date and Time: Meetings will be held every four to six weeks in the start-up phase and then four to six times a year after that. The first meeting time and date will be determined based on Partnership Alliance members' availability, with the first meeting hopefully taking place between June and September.
  • Location: Meetings will be conducted via WebEx/Zoom and in-person meetings may also be held as needed/possible, as determined by Partnership Alliance members.
  • Commitment: over one year


There are no expenses anticipated for this meeting. In the event that travel is required, reimbursement of the cost of pre-approved travel and accommodation will be in accordance with the BC Patient Safety & Quality Council and Institute for Health System Transformation & Sustainability expense reimbursement guidelines.


In partnership, the BC Patient Safety & Quality Council (the Council) and the Institute for Health System Transformation & Sustainability (IHSTS) are sponsoring the formation of this provincial network. Partnership Alliance members will be selected to reflect geographical, sectoral and professional diversity as well as avoiding commercial interest. Using a centrally managed network model, we aim to improve knowledge transfer and collaboration in order to promote dialogue towards action on type 2 diabetes. The benefits of the network approach include reduced duplication and fragmentation of work and greater coordination by member organizations and individuals while still leaving space for adaptation in the local context. Network partners will include thought leaders from all areas of the system including clinicians, researchers, policy makers, educators, behavioral scientists, community and business leaders and patients. The key to the success of the Type 2 Diabetes Network is the commitment and participation of individuals and organizations working together. The Partnership Alliance plays an important role in the Network by providing overall strategic guidance. This includes the following responsibilities: 1. Collaborating on building a shared purpose and common understanding of objectives for the Type 2 Diabetes Network; 2. Championing and promoting the shared purpose of the Type 2 Diabetes Network; 3. Identifying and supporting opportunities to align individual and organizational work with the work of the Network; 4. Providing guidance to the sponsoring partners (Appendix A) as the work unfolds as it relates to key strategies and activities; and 5. Encouraging and supporting initiatives to accelerate efforts to have collective impact on the course of type 2 diabetes. As members of the Partnership Alliance, patient partners will work with the rest of the group's members to uphold the above responsibilities. Terms-of-Reference

Engagement Leader Contact Information

Cathy Almost
Engagement Leader, Patient and Public Engagement | Northern Region

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Pamela Jessen

Patient Partner, Langford

Pamela Jessen

The Patient Voices Network allows me to engage and educate others on various health-related topics. By sitting on various committees and taking part in many activities, I can create real change in health care for everyone. It’s so empowering!