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Participant, Patient Reference Group, Central Interior Rural area

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Deadline: Open until filled

Open to Interior Region, Patient partners from the Cariboo Chilcotin area

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Do you have an interest in participating in innovative health care redesign projects and partnering with health care leaders? We are looking for seven patient partners to support work with respect to our health services in the Central Interior Rural Service area.

Open to: Patient partners from the Cariboo Chilcotin area


Lead Organization or Department

Interior Health, Primary and Community Care and the Divisions of Family Practice


The Patient Medical Home is the hub for the coordination of access and delivery of primary care. The comprehensive primary care needs of patients will be met in patient medical homes by in-practice interdisciplinary teams. Participants in the Patient Reference Group will provide input to the work of the Patient Medical Home and occasionally provide input on the Patient Medical Home Advisory Committee.  This work may roll into future patient reference needs with the Primary Care Network.

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.  


  • Experience working within small groups with various disciplines and backgrounds
  • Comfort in telling stories and sharing perspectives
  • Knowledge of mental health, maternity and child care
  • Diverse perspectives are important to this work along with the inclusion of Indigenous voices and knowledge of unique needs of First Nations communities
  • Access to email
  • Live in the communities of the Cariboo and Chilcotin Region and are patients in this region
  • Ability to get to and from meetings (teleconference may be an option)


Number of vacancies: 7 Location, Date, Time and Frequency: Meetings will be held once every two months as needed, however as the work gains momentum in early fall, the meetings may be more frequent.  The Patient Medical Home Team may seek input one on one if the patient relates to one of our projects.  We may ask them to speak at our Patient Medical Home Advisory Committee. Meeting dates, location and times will be set to meet the availability of the majority of participants. Commitment: To March 2019


Meals at the in-person meetings are provided. Travel to and from meetings, hotel if required and meals if not provided as per government requirements listed in Expense Claim Forms provided to volunteers.


The focus of work will align with the Ministry of Health Policy Papers and will include work related to the Patient Medical Home.  Within the Geographic Service area, the Patient Medical Home Team is focused on several projects including but not limited to:
  • Identifying knowledge gaps in accessing mental health care;
  • Assessing nutritional resources;
  • Improving access to prenatal care for rural patients;
  • Exploring opportunities to enhance communication between physicians and practitioners in First Nation communities; and
  • Decreasing paper work burden placed on physicians by Human Resource Department requirements in Industry.
Patient partners may also be asked to become members of other committees or working groups as projects expand to more complex and or specific areas of focus. This opportunity has come about due to the desire of health care leaders, physicians, partners and the Ministry of Health to achieve objectives and goals of a person-centered health care system for BC. Studies have shown how important it is for patients to have access to family physicians and an Interdisciplinary Team of health care providers in order to achieve the best possible health outcomes. Access to these services has been compromised over the past decade. To reverse the trends, governments are supporting the introduction of many innovative primary care and family practice initiatives aimed at improving access for patients. Team: Divisions of Family Practice, Physicians, Interior Health Authority Leaders, Practice Support Leads, Project Leads, General Practice Services Committee members, Ministry of Health Representatives. Risks: Overwhelmed with volume of new information for participant Can be mitigated with orientation and individual time to explain, discuss and review ask questions and learn Terms of Reference are being developed Care setting: Primary and Community Care touches on services within Acute and Residential Care as we are all very closely connected and recognize that patients move between all of these different portfolios of service For more information on the Collaborative Services Committee | Central Interior Rural Division, please visit this link

Health Care Partner Contact Information

Jacquelyne Foidart
Engagement Leader, Patient and Public Engagement | Thompson Cariboo Kootenays


This opportunity will be open until it is filled.


From Our Community

Christine Wallsworth

Patient Partner, Vancouver

Christine Wallsworth

Patient and family partners should not be a check box on research proposals! They need to be involved right from the start. I know patient and family partners are doing their part by providing their knowledge to researchers from their lived experience.  It’s a win-win for us to work together through PVN to make sure our input drives improvements.