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Participants, Patients as Partners Interior Regional Discussion

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Open to Interior Region, Patient partners in the Interior region

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Access to primary health care services is crucial. You are invited to join a collaborative discussion with Interior Health and the Ministry of Health on policies affecting the direction within the health authority.

Open to: Patient partners in the Interior region

Lead Organization or Department

Interior Health - Primary and Community Care Transformation


The Ministry of Health and Interior Health have partnered to host a one-day workshop that will bring together patients, family caregivers, providers and staff so that together they can identify strategies and approaches the health care system can use to support patients in accessing primary care services and resources, including self-management and self-care programs.  

Level of Engagement

This opportunity is at the level of collaborate on the spectrum of engagement ( The promise to you is that the research partner will work together with you to formulate solutions and incorporate your advice and recommendations into the decisions to the maximum extent possible.


  • This engagement is ideal for patient partners who have a keen interest in the Ministry of Health's strategic direction and discussing provincial policies regarding patient- and family-centred access to primary and surgical care.
  • Preference will be given to PVN patient partners who have not participated in past Patient as Partner forums (in Vancouver) or in the Primary Care discussion that occurred in Kelowna in January 2017.
  • 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 Jacquelyne Foidart directly.


  • Vacancies: 12-15
  • Format: In-person discussion | One full day event taking place in Kelowna on Tuesday October 17, 2017.
  • The event will be taking place at the Kelowna Coast Capri Hotel


All flight and accommodations will be paid and booked through the Ministry of Health (MoH). Meals, mileage and parking will be reimbursed upon completion of an expense form and submission of original receipts. Please allow up to 8 weeks for processing. Note: Receipts must be submitted to receive reimbursement


As mentioned above, MoH Patient as Partners (PasP) would like to reach more people on a regional basis through local conversations. The MoH, Health Authority, contract partners to PasP (Pain BC, UVIC Self-Management, UBC iCON, and Patient- and Family-Centred Care Network) are some of the other patient representatives who may participate.The regional engagement tables will culminate in a final Engagement Summit in Vancouver, to bring together input from participants from each of the regions on the policy consultations and to participate in a review of the work completed by that time. This would allow for dialogue, sharing of input and information, and providing those participants with insights from other regions. Objectives for the Workshop There are seven objectives for the workshop.
  1. To inform all participants of the challenge and the impacts associated with using hospitals for access to primary care services, so that everyone has a common understanding of the challenge and impacts on the overall health care system. Outcome: there is shared understanding around why inappropriate access of primary care is a problem.
  2. To involve all participants in documenting challenges associated with accessing the primary care provider in a timely way, so that a detailed list of challenges and barriers can be developed. Output: a list of challenges to accessing primary care providers in a timely way.
  3. To involve all participants in documenting how and where they currently access health information related to primary care access. Output: a list of sources, resources, platforms and/or vehicles that participants use to access health information related to primary care access.
  4. To involve all participants in understanding what supports are required for the transition from accessing primary care in a hospital to accessing it through a patient medical home so that a list of strategies, approaches and ideas can be generated. Output: a list of strategies, approaches and ideas around supports to help patients transition to the most appropriate access for primary care.
  5. To inform all participants of the potential benefits to self-management and provide information they can take with them on up to four primary care self-management/self-care programs so there is common understanding around what self-management/self-care program are within the Interior. Outcome: awareness of self-management/self-care programs as a concept and specific awareness around three specific programs available in Interior Health region.
  6. To collaborate with participants in developing strategies and approaches to increase awareness and participation in self-management and self-care programs within their community, so that promotion and awareness campaigns reflect the voices of patients and family caregivers. Output: list of ideas on how to promote and increase access to self-management/self-care programs.
  7. In addition to the engagement on primary care access, Patients as Partners is seeking to: inform all participants about the Patients as Partners initiative in terms of mandate, scope, approach and responsibilities, and involve all participants in brainstorming potential names/brands for the initiative with the goal of clarifying and distinguishing it from others operating in the BC health care landscape.

Health Care Partner Contact Information

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


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