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Patient Partner, Lung Health Innovation Knowledge Translation Project

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Commitment: Long-term

Connection method: Virtual

Open to Provincial Region

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Volunteer Opportunity
Connecting patient partners to training of the next generation of health care’s best and brightest minds is the goal of the University of British Columbia’s Knowledge Translation and Mobilization training. They are seeking three patient partners to share their experience in the design, delivery, and evaluation of the project.

Lead Organization/Department
UBC Centre for Heart Lung Innovation, Providence Health Care Research Institute

• To train graduate students in health sciences to better connect with non-academic research stakeholders for better design, implementation, dissemination, and application of their research.
• Patient partners will help to ensure a connection to what mattes to patients in the design of the training, which is ultimately intended to benefit patients through improved care and quality outcomes.

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.

Open to volunteers from across the province who:
• Can use videoconferencing technology (e.g., Zoom)
• Have comfort with use of MS Word and email

We are hoping to recruit diverse voices and welcome patient partners of various geographical areas and cultural backgrounds from across the province.

• Number of vacancies: 3
• Date/Time: Meetings to be determined with patient partners
• Commitment: This is a 1-year project from August 2021-July 2022. We anticipate 1-3 hours of commitment per month for the duration of the project
• Location: Telephone or via Zoom, with the possibility of in person meeting, if COVID 19 restrictions change

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. Further compensation will be discussed directly with the successful patient partner(s).

The vision of the UBC Centre for Heart Lung Innovation (HLI) is to prepare and empower trainees (i.e., Master’s, Doctoral, MD/PhD, and Post-doctoral fellows) to succeed after graduate school. This includes becoming the next generation of scientific experts, leaders, professionals, communicators, collaborators, and advocates – to make a positive difference in the world by effectively designing, translating, and implementing research into real-world practice.

To realize this vision, HLI is designing, delivering, and evaluating a new knowledge translation and mobilization (KTM) program that extends beyond traditional methods of research publication. Instead, trainees will learn about KTM through engaging with diverse stakeholders.

The training program will include seminars, workshops, webinars, patient and public forums, and a three-minute thesis competition. Additionally, HLI trainees will have an opportunity to connect with external organizations and resources within UBC, Providence Health Care (PHC), and other local academic health institutes (e.g., Vancouver General Hospital, BC Cancer, BC Children’s Hospital).

As a result of the project, it is anticipated that trainees will have increased confidence, communication, collaboration, and networking skills with research stakeholders, including patients. For patients, increased engagement and satisfaction with KTM activities are desired outcomes.

Health Care Partner Contact Information

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

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Ovey Yeung

Being involved in the Patient Voices Network has broadened my understanding of the system and helped me empathize with health care challenges and limitations. What matters to me is to walk away feeling that my experience matters, that I matter!