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PVN Spotlight: PVN Member Pamela Jessen

I moved to Vancouver Island, BC from Alberta in 2013 and discovered the Patient Voices Network that October. As a person with disabilities, I was interested in discovering how I could have an impact on health care in BC, so I attended an orientation session to find out more.

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Word in the Network: Meet the New PVN Manager!

We’re thrilled to introduce you to someone new who will be supporting patient engagement across BC! We asked them some questions to give you all an idea of who they are and why they were drawn to work in patient engagement. Chelsea Hochfilzer is PVN’s new manager. Her focus…

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Reconnection and Patient Engagement During COVID-19 – Island Health

December 4 – Regional Round-Up Heraclitus once said, “Nothing endures but change” (5th century B.C.), but it could have been said today with equal accuracy. Back in March, the B.C. government declared a provincial state of emergency in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. As a result, the activities of patient…

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Top 5 Resources – December 4

Each day, hundreds of British Columbians access health care. Whether it’s routine visits or more complex medical care, there is never a shortage of need for high-quality health care. The relationship between providers and patients is unique and not without its challenges. To ensure continuous improvement, we need to understand…

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PVM September Theme: Resources to Learn and Grow

As fall approaches and it’s back-to-school time, there are a number of amazing opportunities for you to increase your skills and knowledge of authentic patient engagement and health care approaches. This week we’re focusing on resources available to you, some of which are new and some are a good reminder…

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Sharing Ideas to Improve Primary Care Networks in BC

Throughout BC, the primary health care system is changing – and as part of that change, so are the role of patients, families and caregivers. Through a partnership with the Patient Voices Network (PVN), administered by the BC Patient Safety & Quality Council (BCPSQC), patients, families and caregivers are…

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PVN 10th Anniversary Spotlight: Terri McKinlay

In this month’s PVN 10th anniversary story, patient partner Terri McKinlay shares how she and her family, when faced with her daughter Rylee’s struggles with an eating disorder, channelled their family’s pain into a voice for positive change. Through PVN, they have been able to share their experience and contribute…

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Word in the Network: A Seat at the Table

BC Rural Citizens Perspective Group After several months of planning, the inaugural meeting of the Rural Citizens Perspective Group (RCPG) was held on July 28. The BC Patient Safety & Quality Council, which administers PVN, BC Rural Health Network and Rural Coordination Centre of BC worked in partnership to form…

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This Week’s Top 5 Resources — August 20

Many organizations are creating resources and tools to support patient engagement – we’ve collected five examples that we think are good engagement reads made in BC, nationally and internationally. NOTE: This is not an exhaustive list, nor is it an endorsement of specific resources or opinions. Please continue to get…

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Working Together to Improve Emergency Services

The BC Emergency Medicine Network (BC EMN) places a huge premium on engaging patients, getting their advice and perspectives so that it can better plan and implement programs. Patient partners sit on the advisory committee and work on the network’s planning and operations. Ten PVN members joined this team to…

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From Our Community

Nancy J. Wood

Patient Partner, Sidney

Nancy J. Wood

I was thrilled to discover the Patient Voices Network, where the array of places to be the voice of a patient is vast and incredibly interesting. Besides my ongoing “gig” with the BC Emergency Medicine Network, I have enjoyed being involved in several one-off initiatives. I love working with professionals who genuinely value the perspectives of their patient partners.