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Participant, Provincial Mass Casualty Incident Project Focus Group



Commitment: Short-term

Connection method: Virtual

Open to Provincial Region


Volunteer Opportunity
Health Emergency Management BC supports hospital preparedness and responses to mass casualty incidents in BC. In order to make sure the health system is prepared when these unpredictable events take place, we are looking for patient partners to participate in a focus group session, to ensure the best outcomes for patients and families.


Lead Organization/Department
Health Emergency Management BC (HEMBC)

HEMBC would like patient partners to participate in a focus group session to explore and identify what is important to patients and their families during mass casualty incidents. The focus group discussion will help HEMBC better understand expectations about patient care during mass casualty events and provide suggestions for how to structure preparedness to meet these values and needs.

Level of Engagement
This opportunity is at the level of consult on the spectrum of engagement. The promise to you is that the health care partner will listen to and acknowledge your ideas and concerns, and provide feedback on how your input affected the decision.

Open to patient partners across the province who:
• Have experience of being involved in a mass casualty incident (either directly or as a family member/caregiver) and/or a special interest in this subject matter
• Are comfortable discussing health care scenarios in a small group environment
• Are able to participate remotely by having access to a computer and the internet to join a Zoom virtual meeting
• Previous participation in a focus group is an asset, but not required

If you have a strong interest in this work but have not yet completed a PVN orientation and Patient Partner Commitments, are unsure if your experience is a good fit or feel another format of engagement would work better with your availability, please contact Cassy Mitchell.

• Number of vacancies: 12
• Date and Time: 2-3 separate focus group sessions will be scheduled in May 2023 – date and time to be determined (each session will last 1-1.5hrs). Sessions will be recorded for internal use
• Location: Virtual sessions via Zoom
• Commitment: One time – patient partners need only attend 1 focus group session

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 Cassy Mitchell to see if support options are available. We are always seeking to better understand and reduce barriers to participation.

Mass Casualty Incident (MCI) mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery is a complex cycle involving multiple layers of partners and stakeholders. Whether at the facility level, or from a regional perspective, the ability to provide high-quality patient care during times of disaster requires not only clinical expertise, but also highly-coordinated command, finance, logistics, planning, and operational structures that are delineated and practiced prior to any given event.

To support provincial disaster preparedness, Health Emergency Management British Columbia (HEMBC) is developing a provincial approach and providing expert recommendations for the acute health care system’s planning for and response to MCIs. The dissemination of consistent tools and resources will help the province to remain up-to-date and coordinated longitudinally, as well as ensure that the standard of patient care can be upheld during extraordinary times. The patient experience and health outcomes are central to this planning work.

HEMBC is aware that sharing experiences related to MCIs can be challenging or triggering, so please know that if at any time you are feeling uncomfortable you can take a break or leave the meetings.  HEMBC will also make sure that every meeting will be attended by a staff member who can offer additional supports.

Health Care Partner Contact Information

Cassy Mitchell Engagement Leader, Patient and Public Engagement 250.279.0717

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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!