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Patient Partner, Greener Inhaler Project – Fraser Health

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Commitment: Long-term

Connection method: Virtual

Open to Fraser Valley & Lower Mainland

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Volunteer Opportunity
Do you a have a passion for reducing waste? Partner with Fraser Health to be a part of the Greener Inhaler Project.


Lead Organization/Department
Fraser Health

• To reduce the carbon footprint produced by an Outpatient clinic staffed by lung specialists and respiratory therapists at the Jim Pattison Outpatient Centre in Surrey.
• Patient partners will provide feedback on the design, interventions, and education materials produced from this project and share their feedback on the project’s impact on the patient experience.

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 volunteers in Fraser Health who:
• Are familiar with usage of inhalers.
• Have a great interest in planetary health.

If you have a strong interest in this work but have not yet completed a PVN orientation and Patient Partner Commitment, are unsure if your experience is a good fit, please contact Jami Brown directly.

There will be an informal conversation about the opportunity. The goal is to find the best fit for all involved.

• Number of vacancies: 2
• Date/Time: Attendance to a virtual, one hour team meeting occurring once every 6 weeks for the next 4-6 months. Possibility of opportunities to provide feedback in between emails
• Commitment: One hour – with some reading in between meetings, up to six months.
• Location: Virtual

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 Jami Brown- to see if support options are available. We are always seeking to better understand and reduce barriers to participation.

In Canada, health care contributes about 5% of total national greenhouse gas emissions. Part of this carbon footprint is associated with inhaler usage. Some inhalers contain propellants, which are powerful greenhouse gases and can contribute to global warming. In contrast, some inhalers do not contain propellants and as such their carbon footprint is much lower.

The U of T Centre for Sustainable Health System website has lots of good reading, an online webinar and visual materials

This project is part of the Physician Quality Improvement (PQI) program. The PQI aims to enhance physician capability in quality improvement and fosters a culture of quality improvement within the physician community.

Health Care Partner Contact Information

Jami Brown | BA, MAPC (she/her/hers) Engagement Leader BC Patient Safety & Quality Council 604.510.0449

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