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Participant, Northern Health Breast Cancer Pathway Review

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Open to Northern Region, Patient partners in the Northern region

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Have you or a loved one had breast cancer in the past five years? Would you like to help shape the future of breast cancer care in Northern BC? Northern Health is looking for patient partners to give input and share experiences on a number of initiatives.

Open to: Patient partners in the Northern region

Lead Organization or Department

Northern Health Cancer Care


Northern Health's Regional Cancer Care would like to standardize and enhance breast cancer care. Northern Health is excited about including patient partner from across the region in the development of new processes and educational material over the next 12 months. Patient partners may be asked to review material and participate in meetings as required.

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.


  • Someone that has undergone treatment of breast cancer or has a loved one who had breast cancer in the past five years.
  • Comfortable reviewing and providing feedback on information online.
  • Comfortable sharing ideas and receiving feedback.
  • If you have a strong interest in this work but have not yet completed a PVN orientation and Volunteer Agreement, are unsure if your experience is a good fit or feel another format of engagement would work better with your availability, please contact Cathy Almost


  • Vacancies: 3-5
  • Date and time: first meeting TBD
  • Location: teleconference, in-person, video conference, webinar
  • Commitment: seven months to a year / 1-2 hours per month


Pre-approved expenses including mileage and parking.


In alignment with the Northern Cancer Strategy, the provincial Fast Track Program and Surgical Oncology Network, the Northern Health Breast Cancer Steering Committee, which was formed in June 2019, is responsible for leading the planning, development and implementation of breast cancer care from presentation with worrisome findings or screening mammography to treatment. We are working towards decreasing wait times, improving patient and professional education as well as improving the patient experience. Attached you will find the Steering Committee Terms of Reference and within it is a list of Working Groups. Several of these working groups we look forward to having a patient partner participate on.

Health Care Partner Contact Information

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

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Shana Ooms

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

Shana Ooms

Where those of us in the room may have debated policy or wording, patient voices made sure patients were top of mind. And as a result, significant improvements were made to simplify something that was otherwise complex. Patient voices at the table bring us back to reality in terms of what we are trying to achieve.