National Volunteer Week is April 7-13, 2019! This week provides an opportunity to recognize the important role that volunteers play. Alberta Health Services is recognizing its over 14,400 volunteers. One of these individuals is also a member of our Pts4Chg community. Thanks for all you do, Gloria.
Gloria Wilkinson volunteers as a patient advisor with the Emergency SCN. Her perspective is considered equally with research and evidence. “It’s the only way to improve patient outcomes – the ones that matter to the patient,” says Gloria. pic.twitter.com/tkHBOS9hhF
Are you over 20 yrs old? Do you have knee #osteoarthritis and experience pain most days of the month? Would you like to participate in knee osteoarthritis-related research? If you answered “Yes” to the above questions, here is an opportunity that you may find interesting. Click on the image below to read the document more easily.
“Did you know that the time of day when you take your blood pressure medication might be important? The University of Alberta is leading BedMed, a Canada-wide blood pressure study, to answer important questions on treatment for high blood pressure. With your help, we can find out.” (Bedmed Facebook Page.)
Do you reside in Alberta? Are you interested in health research and patient engagement? If you answered “Yes” to both questions, you may wish to visit the Patient/Family Registry web page. In addition to discovering what is happening in the world of health research in Alberta, you can fill out an application form to get involved!
Are you a socially conscious person with an interest in helping Alberta’s regulated health professions govern their members in a manner that protects and serves the public interest? Are you looking for a new and exciting opportunity to support the complaint and disciplinary responsibilities of the various college councils and associations that govern Alberta’s regulated health professions?
If so, Alberta Health is looking for you to become a member of the Roster of Public Members. Click here for more information. Deadline to apply for this opportunity is August 31, 2017.
Is there a connection between time spent in nature and one’s health and wellbeing? According to many people, spending time outdoors, whether that be sitting quietly bird watching or walking in a park, has a positive effect on how they feel mentally, emotionally and physically.
If spending time in nature is something you would like to do more of this summer, the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is currently seeking volunteers.
We invite Canadians of all ages to join us in caring for Canada’s natural places. People can help monitor migratory birds, conduct butterfly surveys, protect nesting habitat for turtles, plant native trees and flowers, build or enhance trails and boardwalks, conduct shoreline cleanups, remove invasive species, build nest boxes and more. Everyone can play an important role in caring for the environment by signing up for one of our Conservation Volunteers events, and by encouraging their friends, family and co-workers to join them in volunteering for nature.
Volunteering for NCC is not only a way to benefit your own health but nature’s health as well. Click here to find out more.
Do you live in Alberta? Would you like to see improvement in Alberta’s healthcare system?
If you answered “Yes” to the above questions, IMAGINE Citizens Collaborating for Health is looking for you. In particular, IMAGINE is seeking 25 Albertans to participate in a province-wide conversation that will focus on improving Alberta’s primary health care system. Deadline for applications is June 19th. Click here to find out more.
In an earlier post, readers were invited to share any ideas they had concerning potential topics for the upcoming 2017 Quality Summit. Karla W. was one person who accepted this open invitation. Below is what she wrote.
“Over the past several years of [my] experience as a patient representative/advisor, the issue of remuneration for time spent as a “volunteer” has surfaced [during] discussions at the tables. Nationally, and provincially, it varies greatly (from zero – up) how organizations acknowledge patient advisors, as well [as how] different people on the same committees are acknowledged differently. I would like to encourage a discussion on this topic.”
There is an exciting initiative underway in Alberta. If you are interested in healthcare, you will definitely want to read Patty’s announcement below.
HEALTHCARE 101 PROJECT:
“The project will co-design with the public content relevant and meaningful to Alberta citizens to inform them on how the healthcare ecosystem works. The project will identify content and pilot test one foundational content by May 31st , 2016. We are doing this to help AB citizens experience the health care ecosystem in a positive way”
If you are interested to be involved or participate in this exciting opportunity, please see the invitation and respond to the contacts provided below.
Patty Wickson at email@example.com or (403)629-2139 – South of Edmonton
Rhonda Shea at Rhonda.Shea@hqca.ca or (780)974-3414 – North of Edmonton
Are you interested in promoting and improving the safety and quality of Alberta’s healthcare system? Do you want to see changes in this area? If so, the Health Quality Council of Alberta is looking for volunteers to join its Patient/Family Advisory Panel. Click here for more information.