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Workshop Participant, Patients as Partners Regional Dialogue, Ministry of Health & Fraser Health

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

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Most people in communities are aware of the current challenges with accessing doctors and other health services close to home. People from across the region are talking about how to improve community health services to meet the needs of patients through a joint discussion with Fraser Health and the Ministry of Health. This full-day workshop gives you a chance to lend your voice to the policies that impact this direction.

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

Lead Organization or Department

Fraser Health


The Ministry of Health and Fraser Health have partnered to host a one-day workshop that will bring together patients, family caregivers, providers and staff to identify strategies and approaches the health care system can use to support patients in accessing primary care services and resources, including self-management and self-care programs.

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 engagement is ideal for patient partners who have a keen interest in talking about provincial policies regarding patient- and family-centred access to primary and surgical care.
  • Preference will be given to patient partners who have not participated in past Patients as Partners forums (in Vancouver) or in the Primary Care discussion that occurred last year in Surrey, BC.
  • If you have a strong interest in this work but have not yet completed a PVN orientation and Volunteer Agreement, are unsure if your experience is a good fit or feel another format of engagement would work better with your availability, please contact Jami Brown directly.


  • Vacancies: 10
  • Format: In-person discussion | One full day event taking place in Abbotsford on Tuesday, January 16, from 8:30 am to 4 pm.
  • Where: Abbotsford Regional Hospital, Learning Centre Rooms 3A and 3B


Meals, mileage, transit and parking will be reimbursed upon completion of an expense form and submission of original receipts. Please allow up to eight weeks for processing. Please note: Receipts must be submitted to receive reimbursement.


The Ministry of Health has a strategic vision for an integrated system of care that helps people maintain their health, recover from illness and surgery, improve their quality of life, stay independent longer, and avoid unnecessary hospital visits. This health system is person-centred, coordinated, seamless and easy to understand for patients, family members and care providers. The Ministry of Health seeks to move from a one-on-one health care interaction to an approach that involves the patients, families and caregivers with a health care team providing patient- and family-centred care. Fraser Health is also highly committed to providing care and services that are person-centred. A key aspect of ensuring that care is appropriate, relevant and meaningful to patients and families is to involve them meaningfully, along with their care teams, in the development of their care plans. Collaborative care planning is a process that promotes open and honest communication, alignment of expectations and acknowledgement of the uniqueness of each individual, including their preferences, desires and the strengths and challenges that may facilitate or interfere with them achieving their health goals. Interdisciplinary, team-based care (also referred to as collaborative care planning) will provide person-centred care, improve communication and understanding, ensure informed decision-making, and enhance understanding of self-management strategies for individuals, families and caregivers. The principles of dignity, respect, information sharing, participation and collaboration will be applied by all health care providers within the interdisciplinary team when interacting with patients, families and informal caregivers. The goal of this regional table is One document, one plan, with everyone working together to achieve the same health goals. An important component of primary care is collaborative care planning between patients, families and informal caregivers with interdisciplinary health care teams. This is planning that results in a patient-centred health plan, or collaborative care plan. Based on the degree of health service delivery integration, a collaborative care plan is an inter-professional process used to guide the development and documentation of a client’s identified and prioritized health goals, interventions and care activities. The intent of the collaborative care plan process is to support consistent and timely communication and coordinated services between clients and their inter-professional team. Such a plan offers patients and caregivers a tool to learn about and actively participate in their health. What’s new in collaborative care planning is a much more coordinated and interdisciplinary approach, which includes a wide range of health care providers. When done well, a collaborative care plan is a consistent document that helps everyone on the care team, including the patient, understand the health and wellness goals of the patient, including health promotion and disease prevention.

Health Care Partner Contact Information

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

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.