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Aboriginal Public Member, Interior Health Person and Family Centred Care Steering Committee (IH PFCC SC)

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Commitment: Long-term

Connection method: Virtual

Open to Interior Region

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Volunteer Opportunity
To strive towards culturally safe care, we need to hear from and partner with Aboriginal people across Interior Health. We are is seeking an Aboriginal Public Member to join our Person- and Family-Centred Care (PFCC) Steering Committee to share their perspective and experience.


Lead Organization/Department
Interior Health – Medicine & Quality

To provide strategic direction to Interior Health around the goals, principles, policies, and priorities related to PFCC to improve the healthcare system.

Public members advise on co-design and ongoing development of Interior Health as a PFCC organization. The Committee will also develop working groups to lead specific PFCC-focused projects.

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

• Experience within the health care system as a patient or caregiver
• A patient partner with experiences within health care
• Experience working as a member of steering committees and high-level senior health care staff
• Ability to work with others effectively, and appreciate different perspectives and opinions
• Comfort in reading, writing and editing policies and familiarity with strategic planning
• Access to computer for Zoom meetings (unless meeting in person)

References related to experiences above.

• Number of vacancies: 2
– Location, Date, Time and Frequency:
• Meetings are held monthly, currently on the 3rd Monday of each month
• Meetings are currently held in the morning from 9am-12noon Pacific but may be adjusted depending on holidays and member availability
• The group does not usually meet in July/August due to holidays
• Some working group meetings are also anticipated outside of steering committee involvement. An approximate time commitment is ~5 hours per month as a Public Member volunteer
• At this time meetings are held with a mixture of in-person
• The term is one year

These positions are not remunerated and are volunteer roles; however, some reimbursement may take place for annual in-person strategic planning sessions as per IH policy.

This Steering Committee is sponsored by the Vice President, Medicine and Quality and reports directly to the Quality Management Committee. It is Co-Chaired by 1 Public Member and 1 IH Member.

Membership aims to include equal numbers of Public Members and IH Staff. Committee membership will aim for no more than 20 voting members.

Public members come from diverse cultural and educational backgrounds. They bring knowledge, skills and abilities from their various areas of expertise and perspectives from their unique experiences with the health care system. Public membership will aim to represent the diverse population that IH serves.

The Committee fosters a PFCC culture in IH by providing direction/guidance to IH on specific initiatives, and ensures alignment with the Ministry of Health requirements and policies based upon the related British Columbia person and family centred care framework and similar Ministry policies.

This Steering Committee is heavily aligned to the principles that can be found in this document (Note: updated draft versions have revised ‘Patient’ to ‘Person’ and also include ‘family centred’):

An updated Terms of Reference is available upon request for any interested/prospective Public Members.

Health Care Partner Contact Information

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

From Our Community

Karla Warkotsch

Patient Experience Consultant – Interior Health

Karla Warkotsch

The question I like to ask health care employees is ‘Who is this for?’ and ‘Do we have the right people at the table?’ As a health care employee, I see how easy it is to fall into doing for, rather than doing with patients. The voices of the patient, family and caregiver are essential to ensure the patient is central to the direction and focus of the work being done.