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Working Group Member, BC SUPPORT Unit – Fraser Centre Health Research Public Event

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Open to Fraser – Vancouver Coastal, Patient partners in the Lower Mainland & Fraser Valley

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Breakthroughs in health research provide hope for people each day. Being able to demystify health research and connect it to everyone is the goal of this public event. If you have an interest in event planning and health research, this one is for you!

Open to: Patient partners in the Lower Mainland & Fraser Valley

Lead Organization or Department

Fraser Centre, Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research


  • Patient partners will help with developing, planning and implementing a free public event in January.
  • This event is to share and discuss with the public ways to find, evaluate, and get involved in health research.

Level of Engagement

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


This invitation is being extended to patient partners in the Lower Mainland & Fraser Valley who:
  • Have experience with the health care system, either as a patient or caregiver;
  • Have worked in a group setting;
  • Are comfortable telling their story and sharing their input.


  • Vacancies: 2
  • Date/time: To be determined, in consultation with patient partners
  • Commitment: 3-5 hours per month
  • Location: In person and teleconference


Out of pocket expenses will be covered for travel for meetings with the Fraser Centre team, including, mileage, parking, toll charges.


The event is tentatively scheduled for January 25th, 2018 and geared towards members of the public interested in health.  Specifically, it will speak to how people can be more proactive in their health information retrieval and evaluation. Participants may include patients, family/friend caregivers, clinicians, parents, or students. Our aim is to empower the public to evaluate and use health research. About the BC SUPPORT Unit: It’s one of 10 SUPPORT Units established across Canada as part of the Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR), a national initiative led by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). A provincial hub, located in Vancouver, coordinates activities across BC. The BC SUPPORT (Support for People and Patient-Oriented Research and Trials) Unit is a multi-partner organization created to support, streamline and increase patient-oriented research throughout British Columbia.

Health Care Partner Contact Information

Jami Brown
Engagement Leader, Patient and Public Engagement | Fraser Valley

From Our Community

Christine Wallsworth

Patient Partner, Vancouver

Christine Wallsworth

Patient and family partners should not be a check box on research proposals! They need to be involved right from the start. I know patient and family partners are doing their part by providing their knowledge to researchers from their lived experience.  It’s a win-win for us to work together through PVN to make sure our input drives improvements.