Volunteer Opportunity – Deadline: March 1, 2020

Have you or a family member had to leave your home community in Northwestern BC to receive medical care? We want to hear from you!

Researchers at the University of Northern British Columbia and UBC Faculty of Medicine are conducting a study called Optimizing the Patient Experience in Medical Travel. This research aims to better understand the experiences of patients and families who must travel away from Northwestern BC to receive medical care in a larger centre elsewhere in BC. In doing this, we hope to understand how these experiences can be improved.

We are looking for patients and family members to participate in an interview called patient journey mapping. The interview consists of discussing your experience of traveling away from home and getting care at a larger centre. Interviews will take place in-person or by telephone with a trained research assistant, and will take approximately 2 to 4 hours to complete. The date and time of the interview will be determined based on the availability of the participant and the research assistant.

For more information, click on: Learn more about this opportunity.

If you are interested in being part of this study, please contact the study coordinator, Simran Jawanda, by email or by phone 250-960-6204.


Patient Engagement: Creating Meaningful Roles for Patients in Health Care Improvement

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March 11, 2020
8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Cost: $100

Meaningfully engaging with patients and their caregivers can transform care. In this interactive workshop, you will learn advanced skills in conducting patient engagement that leads to person-centred changes in health care practice, service delivery and outcomes. This workshop will focus on providing an applied learning approach that will draw on real case studies throughout the province.

By the end of this day, participants will be able to:
• Define and describe the fundamental principles for authentic patient engagement in health care improvement.
• Identify a clear and meaningful role for patients within improvement initiatives.
• Explore how to prepare cross-portfolio stakeholder teams to successfully partner with patients.
• Identify and apply strategies for managing common challenges and risks to effective patient engagement.
• Health care partners leading collaborative engagement initiatives• Patient partners with interest and experience in engaging in collaborative work, and who want to contribute to the knowledge and understanding of health care partners in attendance.


The Regional Alliance for Rural Health is a 10 organization collaborative with representation from post-secondary institutions, health service providers and rural community representatives from the Interior region of south central BC. The Alliance will facilitate sustainable student and academic partnerships and community engaged research to co-create solutions to community identified challenges. The aim is to facilitate wide engagement of rural citizens and community partners from diverse rural and remote areas to ensure essential rural context considerations and perspectives inform and direct research priorities and citizen engagement in rural research teams.

The Regional Alliance for Rural Health will increase and advance knowledge to improve rural health and wellbeing, through collaborative community-engaged action research on the social determinants of health.

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The next Rural Health Equity Conference is happening this May 14-15 2020, and will explore issues of equity and health in rural settings, spark dialogue and connections between people who share a passion to respond to the unique needs of rural and remote communities.

Presentations will explore strategies for genuine engagement and create dialogue about the implications of research findings for both rural communities and service organizations. Our goal is to spark partnerships for transformative research and knowledge translation. 
For more information, click on: Rural Health Equity Conference 2020!


BC Rural Health Conference 2020

Hosted by the BC Rural Coordination Centre
May 29/3- 2020, Penticton

For more information, click on: BC Rural Health Conference 2020


June 4, 2020

We are taking Health xChange on the road. To grow research capacity in the interior, we are partnering with Interior Health and the Kelowna General Hospital Foundation for the first Health xChange in Kelowna, BC.

Join us on June 4, 2020, as we bring together researchers, community members, and health system decision makers to network and share ideas about “how community engaged research influence health system change”.

We are inviting presentations from across the full spectrum of BC health research. Topics might include, but are not limited to:

  • Creative ways of ensuring a more vibrant diversity of voices are heard, or different forms of knowledge are considered.
  • Novel initiatives that are working to influence health system changes.
  • Community-based participatory research to address the social determinants of health.
  • Learnings that you gleaned from health system change initiatives that didn’t go as planned.

Submissions should outline:

  • What health issues you hoped to address.
  • What changes were you hoping to make, and what changes you achieved.
  • Lessons learned.
  • Your contact information and where we might find further information about you, your project and/or organization. Presenters are encouraged to apply to co-present with a community partner.

For more information, click on HEALTHxCHANGE Kelowna 2020