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Northern Health and UNBC presenting at BC Patient Safety and Quality Council Forum


The logo for the 2020 BC Quality Forum.
There will be plenty of Northern content at this year's BC Quality Forum!

From February 25 to 27, representatives from Northern Health (NH) and the University of Northern BC (UNBC) will present their quality improvement research at the ninth annual BC Patient Safety and Quality Council Forum in Vancouver.

Victoria Carter, Northern Health’s Lead for Engagement and Integration for Indigenous Health, will present on Aboriginal/Indigenous Health Improvement Committees (A/IHICs). A/IHICs are collaborative groups that work together to support health and wellness for Indigenous Peoples, families, and communities in Northern BC. Indigenous peoples in Northern BC, especially those living in remote communities, have historically faced barriers to quality, accessible health care.

“It is very important that the work of the A/IHICs is shared widely across the province to promote collaboration and sharing of knowledge and ideas,” says Victoria.

To address some of these issues, nine A/IHICs have brought together NH, the First Nations Health Authority, and Indigenous health leaders to identify local health care priorities and work together towards potential solutions. Over 65 cultural resources and 25 process and patient maps have been developed as a result.

Also presenting at the sold-out conference is Marlene Apolczer, Northern Health’s Quality Improvement Lead for the Northern Interior. Her presentation topic is “Improving with Patients Takes Time – And the Results Are Worth It!” Marlene will be joined by Sally Rosevear, a patient partner from the Patient Voices Network, on the work they have done to turn a patient journey map into a dynamic learning module.

“It’s a privilege to present this work with my patient partner, whom I’ve have had the opportunity of working with for the last three and a half years,” says Marlene. “It showcases the impact patient partners can have on improving the work we do as an organization.”

Finally, UNBC’s Erin Wilson, Assistant Professor & Family Nurse Practitioner at Blue Pine Primary Health Care Clinic, will present on behalf of the EQUIP research team. EQUIP Health Care is an evidence-based approach aimed at reducing the effects of structural inequities and the impacts of racism, discrimination and stigma.

“The Quality Forum is a great place to share ideas and top-up enthusiasm for delivering high-quality health care,” says Erin. “I’m delighted that Northern Health is going to livestream the Rapid Fire presentation I’m giving as a co-lead with EQUIP Emergency. I’m hoping to inspire people with strategies they can use to promote equity-oriented care.”

The BC Patient Safety and Quality Council provides system-wide leadership to efforts designed to improve the quality of health care in British Columbia.

The Forum allows researchers to demonstrate and share effective strategies and leading practices to stimulate and sustain patient safety and quality for BC residents.

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