Will We See You at Quality Forum 2017?

The 6th annual Quality Forum is happening in Vancouver on March 1-3, 2017. It is focused on improving the quality of health care, and this year is expected to welcome over 1400 attendees across three days packed with 55 sessions, over 150 speakers, 100+ storyboards, six workshops, four field trips, three plenaries, and a debate.

The conference is organized by the BC Patient Safety & Quality Council, which supports the Patient Voices Network, and has been self-assessed as Patients Included, which means the event met five clauses that ensure the patient experience will be incorporated. Among the commitments: 20 PVN volunteers were chosen through a volunteer opportunity to attend its main two days, and 30 were chosen to attend a pre-Forum session.

The Quality Forum sessions span a wide range of topics, many of them interesting for patients who want to learn more about how to create meaningful changes in the health care system. Here’s a list with some of those sessions - click on the links for details or download the event’s Registration Guide:

  • A1: Let’s Talk About Chronic Pain
  • B4: Our Commitment to Person- and Family-Centred Care
  • C3: Translating Individual Goals into Excellence in Advance Care Planning
  • D4: Beyond the Call: Connecting with Patients in the Mobile Age
  • F4: Patients Paving the Path
  • G4: Demystifying Patient Engagement: Practical Tips & Tricks

There will also be a breakfast meeting to welcome patients and caregivers, and one of the Forum’s plenary speakers is Tiffany Christensen, a lung transplant survivor & Author of Sick Girl Speaks.

March 1 will feature two full-day pre-Forum sessions that deeply explore Indigenous wellness and health system transformation, as well as the popular evening event Health Talks, where eight speakers share their hopes for health care.

We would love to see you at the Forum! If you were not chosen through the RSVP process, visit QualityForum.ca to learn more about the event and register. It will sell out – register soon.

How Can Attending a Conference Help You?
A PVN Volunteer Will Find Out!

Since joining PVN in early summer 2016, Edwina Nearhood has participated in many volunteer opportunities. In a guest blog post, she tells us why she was looking forward to attending the National Forum on Quality Improvement in Health Care, which is hosted by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and is one of the biggest conferences in the world devoted to improving care.

Read Edwina’s post, which is an inspiring glimpse into how conferences can help patients learn to create change in the health system.

What Matters to You?

What matters to you as a patient, when you are seeing a health care provider or receiving care in the BC health care system? We’re working on a new campaign (you’ll hear about it soon!) and really want to know!

Please share your ideas with us via email, Twitter or Facebook.

Webinar: "How Did They Partner with Patients for Safety?"

Canadian health care organizations are taking patient and family engagement to new heights, and the finalists for the 2016 Patient Champion Awards want to share their secrets with you! Join them on a webinar on December 13 at 0900 to learn how they achieved safer care by partnering with patients.

One of the speakers in the webinar is Johanna Trimble, a long-time PVN volunteer and BC Patient Safety & Quality Council Member, who won the 2016 Patient Safety Volunteer Champion Award.

Learn more about the webinar and register.

Questions or Suggestions?

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