Meet Kathryn Proudfoot! 

Introducing the newest member of the Patient & Public Engagement Team at the BC Patient Safety & Quality Council, which supports PVN: Kathryn Proudfoot!

As Provincial Engagement Leader, Kathryn will work with health care partners to involve PVN patient partners in engagement opportunities that are open to everyone around the province. 

Kathryn Proudfoot

She's excited about the opportunity to work with PVN because she recognizes the power of the patient voice and her goal is to help both partner organizations and patients leverage that voice to make changes within the health care system: "This is an exciting time because more organizations are recognizing the need for patient engagement." We couldn't agree more! 

Get to know Kathryn.

LInda Rzabok interviewed by CHEK TV

PVN Patient Partners Contribute to Plan for New Hospital

Linda Rzabok, a PVN Patient Partner, was involved in an engagement opportunity that helped inform the provincial government's recent decision to rebuild Cowichan District Hospital. About the process, she tells PVN: "I asked all of the hardball questions and they really listened."

Read the news article.

The Change Day 2017 Report is Here!

The Change Day 2017 Final Report is Here!

By Change Day on November 17, 2017, patients, families, caregivers and health care practitioners in BC made over 7,100 pledges to make small differences in their lives that would add up to a big shift in the health care system. The effect can be seen across the province!  

Many of the pledges involved working to better understand the patient experience, including asking "What matters to you?" and committing to cultural safety and humility in care facilities. These actions help centre patients and families in health care practices.  

Xela Rysstad (right) pledged to help build new relationships within the Island Health community by having patients and families, health care providers, and other Island Health staff and volunteers meet over coffee. Find out more about how her Randomized Coffee Trials went here!

Read the full report.

Sometimes Patients Simply Need Other Patients

Sometimes Patients Simply Need Other Patients

This article in the New York Times looks at the importance of sharing medical stories among peers. Other patients who have received a similar diagnosis can provide a powerful emotional support system.  

Read the article.

Patient Partner Orientation Webinars

If you've just signed up to be a patient partner with PVN, the next step is to complete an orientation session. You'll then be ready to respond to engagement opportunities

Register for a webinar orientation. 

Introducing Patient Partner Orientation Webinars!

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