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Participant, Dialogue: Emerging Innovations in Diabetes

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Commitment: Short-term

Connection method: Virtual

Open to Provincial Region

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Volunteer Opportunity
Are you interested in the discussions regarding emerging innovations in prevention, management and reversal of type 2 diabetes? The Institute for Health System Transformation and Sustainability, along with the BC Patient Safety & Quality Council are looking for patient partners to participate in two dynamic half-day dialogue sessions.


Lead Organization/Department
Institute for Health System Transformation and Sustainability (IHSTS) in partnership with the BC Patient Safety & Quality Council

The aim of the session is to identify evidence and leading practice in Type 2 Diabetes that should be spread or further developed in BC. The patient perspective will be important to help shape future recommendations. The patient partners will participate during interactive round table discussions focused on lifestyle, clinical management, and public health and policy.

Level of Engagement
This opportunity is at the level of inform on the spectrum of engagement. The promise to you is that you will be provided with balanced and objective information to assist in understanding alternatives and solutions.

• Lived experience with Type 2 Diabetes (or close family member) is an asset
• Knowledge of prevention and management options an asset

• Number of vacancies: 10
• Meeting date: November 24 & 25 (10am – 2pm)
• Virtual – online Zoom
• One-time commitment

No out-of-pocket expenses are anticipated for this engagement opportunity. However, if you meet the eligibility criteria, but have concerns about your ability to participate, please contact Cathy Almost at to see if support options are available. We are always seeking to better understand and reduce barriers to participation

Type 2 Diabetes (T2D) can be a preventable chronic illness with associated significant poor health outcomes for individuals and costs to the health system. While it is currently thought to be a “chronic, progressive disease”, evidence supports that remission is possible and T2D can be reframed as a reversible condition. With the rapidly increasing prevalence rates, it is imperative that action be taken to support the prevention and remission of T2D.

The Institute for Health System Transformation and Sustainability (IHSTS) hosted the first Dialogue Session in June 2019 and their second in November 2020. The results of these days were building connections between stakeholders, expanding an asset list and progressing on some innovative ideas brought forward. IHSTS recognizes that there is significant work being done across sectors in type 2 diabetes and that sharing of knowledge and collaboration can be enhanced by bringing together people with expertise in type 2 diabetes in the areas of research, clinical management, prevention, public health and policy.

The session will bring together experts and thought leaders representing primary and secondary clinical delivery, community services, population health, patients, research and policy in type 2 diabetes. Through a dynamic, interactive approach we aim to:
• Share emerging and leading type 2 diabetes prevention, management and reversal practices and identify opportunities to strengthen and accelerate their use
• Foster connections between stakeholders to build relationships and facilitate collaboration across BC
• Collaborate on building and strengthening the BC type 2 diabetes network to facilitate knowledge sharing and continuous improvement
• Identify activities focused on reversing the course of type 2 diabetes to be pursued through action groups

Health Care Partner Contact Information

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

From Our Community

Laura Parmar

Physician Quality Improvement Coach — Northern Health

Laura Palmer

It has been so rewarding to go from an idea to working with such a great group of dedicated people from so many different organizations towards a very fun and rewarding project. Several extremely engaged PVN members expressed interest in being part of piloting a patient virtual care peer support system. I am confident that this is the beginning of many more exciting collaborations!