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Skunkworks: Hacking Chronic Disease; Addressing the Needs of Patients Impacted by Chronic Disease

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Commitment: One-time

Connection method: In-person

Open to Fraser Valley & Lower Mainland

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The team at the Providence Research are seeking patient partners to be a part of this exciting event to bring together thought leaders to think outside the box about how to help patients impacted by chronic disease.
• To promote and inspire a culture of innovation through identifying new ideas (concepts, methods, interventions) that shift current research and/or clinical practice in chronic disease prevention and treatment; And/or ideas/solutions that have a strong community /social impact focus in the areas served by Providence Health Care and Providence Living.
• Skunkworks brings multidisciplinary teams together and empowers them with mentorship and rapid problem solving tools to address challenges related to chronic disease management and prevention. These include researchers, health care professionals, caregivers, and patients do not have a chance to collaborate and share expertise to ideate together.
• Date/Time: October 24 (full day) & Oct 25 (ends around 130 to 2pm) Location: in person, Best Western Downtown Vancouver at 1100 Granville
We are committed to providing an honorarium to patient partners, details will be discussed with the patient partners.

More info about the event can be found here:

Level of Engagement

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


• 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
• An interest in improving health care services
• Have experienced or have family members that have been impacted by chronic disease and have had it treated in our health care system.
• Are comfortable telling their story.
Patient Partners ARE NOT required to be PVN members to participate in this engagement opportunity.

Health Care Partner Contact Information

Josephine Jung Manager Special Projects and Strategy, PR | Providence Research (PR) (604) 813-8579

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.