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Patient Partner: Low-Carbon, High-Quality Care Collaborative

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Commitment: Long-term

Connection method: Virtual

Open to Provincial Region

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Attention-Grabbing Statement
Metered-dose inhalers and anesthetic gases are two of health care’s largest contributors to carbon emissions. Our Collaborative focuses on low-carbon, high-quality clinical care for the health of patients and our planet. Join us and contribute your ideas to improve health care’s impact on climate change.

Open to volunteers from across the province who:
• Are currently being treated with inhalers for asthma or COPD and/or have undergone regional anesthesia for a surgical procedure, within the last two years
• See reducing the environmental impact of health services as a key priority
• Have ideas about how patient partner input can be incorporated where they can influence activities that matter to them

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

Lead Organization/Department
Health Quality BC

To learn from your lived or living experience to help co-design materials for the Low-Carbon, High-Quality Care Collaborative. Example materials may include: patient experience surveys, patient education materials etc. Patient partners will share ideas and lived experience which informs the most effective, meaningful way for input throughout the duration of the project.

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.

• Number: 3-4
• Date/Time: 1-2 meetings scheduled late November/early December and January. Meetings dates/times will be discussed and determined in consultation with patient partners. Possible participation in Learning Sessions to share a story or present content related to patient engagement (January 24, February 28th, May 8th and October 9th) – will not be needed for all learning sessions and we will explore what participation looks like for each patient partner.
• Commitment: Schedule working meetings (December/January), additional participation varies until the Low-Carbon, High-Quality Care Collaborative ends on Oct 9th, 2024.
• Location: online via Zoom

No out-of-pocket expenses are anticipated for this engagement opportunity.

Clinical service delivery within the health system is a large consumer of energy and resources and a major producer of emissions and waste. These environmental impacts of care are substantial with upwards of 5% of global greenhouse gas emissions coming from health care systems.

Amazing innovation is happening right here in BC. Quality improvement initiatives are underway across the province that focus on changing the way we deliver programs and services, that will also support an environmentally sustainable health care system. These leading practices are driving changes for individual health care professionals, programs, and services at the strategic and organizational level.

Health Quality BC, in partnership with Vancouver Coastal Health and CASCADES Canada, is offering a provincial quality improvement initiative focused on two clinical practice areas: sustainable inhaler practices and sustainable perioperative practices. The collaborative will include a combination of virtual sessions and peer learning, coaching and mentorship, and local improvement actions with care teams from across the province engaged in the application of change ideas related to clinical practice and education.

Andrea Wnuk, MHA
Leader, Strategic Initiatives
Health Quality BC

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