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Patient Partner Lead of BC Primary Health Care Research Network (BC-PHCRN)

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Commitment: Long-term

Connection method: Hybrid

Open to Provincial Region, Patient partners across BC

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The BC Primary Health Care Research Network (BC-PHCRN) is part of the Strategy for Patient Oriented Research (SPOR) Canadian Primary Care Research Network (CPCRN). Our goal is to support discussions between government, health authorities, patients and researchers to identify priorities in health research and work towards a better health care system in BC. As the Patient Partner Advisor, you will provide guidance on research projects, proposals and events to determine alignment of our work with patient priorities.
Currently, the BC-PHCRN is seeking two Patient Partner Advisor(s). Initially, these positions will provide input into the development of the 2025 CHSPR conference about primary care. We are looking for Indigenous, racialized minority persons with experiences in primary care, to learn from their diverse perspectives.
Meet 4 times a year, for 1 hour each meeting. Work will be primarily remote, including email, document review, and participating in discussions through Zoom meetings. One meeting may be in-person, based on availability. Travel subsidy if in-person meeting is required.

Level of Engagement

This opportunity is at the level of Collaborate on the IAP2 Spectrum of Public Participation.

Eligibility

  • Willing & comfortable to share health care experiences in a group setting
  • Specific health care experiences [details below]
  • Previous committee/working group experience
  • Have access to technology and the internet to participate in the engagement opportunity
  • Comfortable using technology to attend online/virtual meetings
  • An interest in improving health care services
  • • Minimum 2 years experience working with decision-makers, researchers, and/or community organizations. • Willing and comfortable to share health care experiences in a group setting. • Comfort with public speaking. • Have access to technology and the internet to participate in the engagement opportunity. • Comfortable using technology to attend online/virtual meetings. • An interest in improving health care services. • Time to participate in the engagement opportunities (as noted above). • Experience accessing primary care as a patient, family member, or informal caregiver (note: primary care refers to non-emergency healthcare, such as healthcare services provided by a family doctor or nurse practitioner). • Priority will be given to interested persons who self-identify as Indigenous people to learn from their diverse experiences. • We acknowledge that systemic racism affects all facets of society, including academic institutions, health care delivery, and health outcomes. BC-PHCRN commits to taking action based on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s directions aimed at redressing an array of historical and ongoing colonial harms affecting Indigenous peoples, and the harms of systemic racism on people of colour. We strive to create an environment where people of all identities are respected and encouraged to participate in dialogue and learning.

Patient Partners ARE required to be PVN members to participate in this engagement opportunity.

Health Care Partner Contact Information

Shelby Elkes
Network Manager, BC-PHCRN | UBC
(604) 822-0564
shelby.elkes@ubc.ca

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