This month, we invite you to register for Quality Forum 2021 and connect with other patient partners by joining Connections Café, share how Northern Health has kept patient engagement at the forefront throughout COVID-19 and highlight five resources to support your engagement work!

Get Ready for Our New Website!

We'd like to share some exciting news! Last year, we recruited patient partners to join the working group for a project to re-design our website.

Since then, we've been hard at work and are happy to report that we'll be launching our new website in February!

You can look forward to better accessibility, easier navigation, intuitive language and so much more! We can't wait to share it with you. 

Regional Round-Up

The moment is here! Register now to join us at Quality Forum 2021 and take part in two days of learning, sharing and engaging discussions about improving the quality of care. Each year, the BC Patient Safety & Quality Council, which administers PVN, welcomes more than 1,200 participants working across the continuum of care from communities through British Columbia.

This year’s virtual Quality Forum promises endless opportunities to learn and connect online with others, including three inspiring plenary talks, a passionate debate, six Health Talks presentations, two days of interactive breakout sessions and more than 150 live and on-demand presentations that highlight work being done to improve quality.

You can now view the full program, including complete session details! We've highlighted a few about patient engagement in this blog post

Quality Forum 2021 has been self-assessed by the Council as Patients Included, which means that it met five clauses that ensure the patient experience will be incorporated.

Among its commitments, the Council is sponsoring the attendance of 35 PVN patient partners who were selected through an engagement opportunity earlier this month. Patient partners were also involved in co-designing workshops and will be presenting in breakout sessions! 

Coming Soon! We’ll tell you how to access free, live-streamed sessions and how you can join the conversation on social media.

Register for the Quality Forum Today!

Regional Round-Up

Sign Up for PVN Connections Café! 

10 Years of PVN

You spoke and we listened! You told us being able to connect with one another was a high priority for you. PVN Connections Café will create social connections among oriented patient partners by offering opportunities for one-to-one get-togethers.

If you sign up, each month you will receive an email with the name and email address of another oriented patient partner you have been paired with. We encourage you to reach out and find a time to connect virtually. The date, duration and topic of the meeting is up to you! 

Register for PVN Connections Café!

Word in the Network

Join CFHI & CPSI as a Patient Partner!

The Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement (CFHI) and the Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI) are looking for two patient partners to complement their existing team of dynamic staff and network of partners!

If you love to learn from and collaborate with others, consider joining CFHI & CPSI*, an organization that works to improve the quality and safety of Canada’s health care systems with and for more people across Canada! 

*The Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement (CFHI) and the Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI) are now legally amalgamated. Learn more here!

Become a CFHI & CPSI Patient Partner!

Top Story

Patient Engagement in Northern Health

“Patient partners have been active participants in sharing their stories and helping us learn about how to authentically engage with them."

Northern Health is learning and growing in its capacity to engage with patient partners. In this blog post, health care partners Jeanette Foreman & Marlene Apolczer reflect on their patient engagement experiences and developments with PVN, and share key lessons learned. 

Read Their Story

Best and Brightest

This month we're sharing tips for authentic engagement during a pandemic, as well as a document that provides ethical guidance on aspects of patient engagement in health research: 

  • Communicating During a Pandemic: This handy checklist for health care providers shares tips on building trusting relationships with patients despite the communication challenges experienced by wearing personal protective equipment (PPE).
  • Health Equity for Diverse Communities: This five-year study by the Health Equity Collaborative reveals how racism and gender discrimination are impacting the quality of care received by sexual and gender diverse patients.
  • Patient Safety Through Art: In celebration of Patients for Patient Safety Canada's 15-year anniversary, the Canadian Patient Safety Institute is building an online, virtual art gallery of paintings, quilts or yarnwork, poetry and stories, sculpture, dance and song from people across Canada!
  • COVID-19 & Long-Term Care: This report by the Ministry of Health provides independent analysis and recommendations to support the province’s management of the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in the long-term care sector.
  • Ethical Guidelines for Engaging with Patients as Partners in Health Research: This document serves to provide ethical guidance on aspects of patient engagement in health research and includes ethical considerations for health researchers and patients to reflect on when considering strategies for meaningful and active engagement in health research.

View the Resources

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