Frequently Asked Questions
The Patient Voices Network (PVN) is a community of BC patients, families, caregivers and others who are using their experiences to influence change in BC’s health care system. Through the Network, they have the opportunity to work openly and collaboratively with health care providers and decision-makers and lend their voice to important discussions on health care service delivery in our province.
Any BC resident over 19 years of age is eligible to join the Network. It takes only a few minutes to join the Network at www.patientvoices.ca. You will receive updates about the patient voice at work in BC, have access to skill-building and networking opportunities, and be invited to participate in surveys on health care topics.
If you have the time and energy to take on a “hands on” role, you can attend a free one-day orientation session and become an activated patient. Activated patients are eligible to participate in collaborative opportunities with health care partners such as advisory committees, focus groups, conferences, or other projects.
Anyone is welcome to join the PVN, because we are all patients. Everyone accesses the health care system at some point in their lives. Many of us have also supported family members and friends in their journeys through the health system.
The PVN collaborates with a wide range of partners and providers all over BC. This includes the Ministry of Health, all BC health authorities, the BC Medical Association, the General Practice Services Committee, and many other non-governmental and community organizations.
There are over 1200 members committed to health care transformation in BC. Since the inception of the PVN in 2009, PVN members have been matched with over 600 opportunities to work with health care providers and decision makers on a wide variety of health care issues.
As experts in their own lives, we believe that patients can provide health system administrators and care providers with important information about how to best serve them and involve them as partners in their own care.
ImpactBC is a non-profit organization supporting health care improvement in our province, using evidence-based methods with a strong emphasis on the patient voice. Patients as Partners is a policy and philosophy of the BC Ministry of Health, first outlined in the 2007 Primary Health Charter. Its work is guided by a provincial committee and carried out through organizations and agencies in the community
The Patient Voices Network is a program of ImpactBC and is funded through the provincial government (Ministry of Health). While the Network has targets and objectives as part of its contract with the Ministry of Health, its work is guided by a diverse Steering Committee that includes Health Authority representatives, health care providers, and a range of patient partners.