Pan-Canadian Patient Advisory Council
The purpose of the Pan-Canadian Patient Advisory Council is to improve the health care system by providing advice and support to the PIHCIN Leadership Council (NLC), and the Coordinating Office (NCO), from the perspective of patient partners, with a focus on communication, knowledge translation and full participation. The Council seeks to fulfill this purpose by fulfilling the achievement of the following goals:
- Advocate for and increase the diversity and impact of patient voices in research;
- Advise the PIHCIN on strategic decisions;
- Determine priorities for development of the PC as well as primary health care priorities
- Advocate for and determine patient partner representation at events, committees and initiatives;
- Participate on NCO ongoing and ad hoc working groups including sustainability, communications, priority setting and evaluation;
- Ensure patient partner representation on the LC (4 members) with the purpose of providing advice and acting as a communication link;
- Connect with provincial/territorial PIHCI networks, other SPOR networks and SPOR Support Units as needed; and
- Model positive relationships and connections between patients, researchers, clinicians, knowledge users and decision-makers.
Alanna is a seasoned professional in research and education for the health care sector, with over 30 years of experience in project management, program development, network operations, and consultation for private and public sector organizations, government funded initiatives, and academia. Alanna has a Bachelor of Nursing from the University of Manitoba with a clinical and research background in Oncology, a Master’s in Education from Brock University, specializing in the foundations of adult teaching and learning behavior applied to the health sciences, and a PhD in Education from the University of Manitoba, specializing in interdisciplinary education for the health professions, leadership and professionalism in health care, and collaboration in interprofessional practice. Alanna has held numerous mentorship roles, is a published author, and has presented at national and international conferences, seminars, and workshops. Alanna is currently serving as the Research Network Director for the Manitoba Primary and Integrated Health Care Innovation Network (MPN) and as a Project Manager for the Rady Chair in Interprofessional Collaborative Practice at the University of Manitoba.
I bring lived experience as both a patient and as the caretaker for my large extended family to my role as a Patient Partner. In my tenure within the Saskatchewan Health Authority as a member of the Patient Family Leadership Council, the Accreditation Oversight Committee, the Health Networks Advisory Committee and as a member of the Area Physicians Advisory Committee. I am also a Patient Partner with 3sHealth, SCPOR (Saskatchewan Centre for Patient Oriented Research), Health Quality Council, and with Saskatchewan Health Research Council.
Nationally, I am a Patient Partner with Accreditation Canada and a Technical Team member with Health Standards Organization. I am also a Patient Partner with HealthCareCAN. April 2020 I was a co-author of a chapter in the LEADS textbook BRINGING LEADERSHIP TO LIFE IN HEALTH: LEADS IN A CARING ENVIRONMENT which focused on patient engagement. In 2019 I joined the Primary Integrated Health Care Innovations pan Canadian Patient Advisory Council.
My interest areas include Primary Care, Patient Engagement, Strategic Patient Oriented Research, Health Network, Integrated Care, Shared Governance and Leadership. My healthcare matters to me and I bring vision, voice, and passion to all that I do in my role as a Patient Partner. I care about humanity and compassion in healthcare.
I am a Professional Engineer registered with Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba. I have a keen interest in technology and how it can be used to improve people’s lives. I am currently developing a collaborative health platform to help care for teams and their patients and better manage patients’ health conditions, especially for patients living with chronic conditions at home. In 2014, I had a stillbirth at 33 weeks into pregnancy and soon after found myself hospitalized multiple times before I demanded a diagnosis. I was diagnosed with postpartum preeclampsia. The experience during my recovery made me realize the lack of communication and disconnect between the patients at home and the care providers. I obtained both my Master’s degree and Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering at the University of Manitoba. I am a member of the Patient Engagement Collaborative Group, a group in the Manitoba SPOR Support Unit at the George and Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation. I am also a member of the Executive Council as the Patient/Public Advisor. I am involved in the community volunteering for the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba Inc (IRCOM).
I am a Prince Edward Island patient partner and a participant on the Engagement Task Force. I am long- time advocate for older adults, and a lifelong learner committed to evidence-based decision making. As a life-long learner I obtained my PhD in Education in 2018 at the age of 81. I am a primary care patient and receive care for type two diabetes, osteo-arthritis, and osteoporosis.
Professionally I work part-time as a researcher and I co-chair the PEI Government Seniors Health and Wellness Implementation Council. I currently serve on the Board of Community Legal Information – PEI, Atlantic Canada Older Adult Representative for Age-Well, and Canadian older adult representative an Intergenerational Age-Friendly Living Eco-system Team. I have also been a lead author in two recent publications and have submitted a chapter in a new book on aging which is currently in progress. I have received several recognitions for my work with older adults and lifelong learning including: 2019 CBC Documentary Never to Old, 2017 Invited, Keynote Speaker at the “Engagement and Innovation 2017 Spring Symposium on Aging Research”, Network for Aging Research University of Waterloo Topic: Photovoice: Capturing the Voices of Rural Dwelling Women Age 85 and Older, 2013 Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal Nominated by Canada’s Minister of State for Seniors’, 2000 Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, University of Prince Edward Island.. I have been informed that I will be receiving the Order of PEI in September 2020. I have been involved in a number of research projects as decision-maker and Co-PI in one study.
Kent Cadogan Loftsgard
I contribute my lifelong experience of cerebral palsy and asthma, my endless efforts as a patient advocate and caregiver, and my diverse professional expertise in health media production, health specialty journalism, interdisciplinary health care education, and health research to complement the Network’s collaborative efforts to improve the quality and availability of primary care.
I am a physiotherapist who has had the privilege of living and working in the small rural community of Norris Point on the beautiful west coast of Newfoundland since 1988. I initially worked in the former Bonne Bay Cottage Hospital which offered high quality patient-centered, community-based care. I worked for the regional health authority for a few years, but moved back into a community-based practice where I felt that I could better meet the needs of my patients. Cottage Hospital Physiotherapy and Fitness is located in the in the “old cottage hospital” which now operates as a social enterprise, housing a cluster of businesses which provide services to the community. I have a strong background in community economic development through my involvement with a variety of local and regional economic development boards. I believe that community-based research and social enterprise are critical elements in rural vitality and sustainability.
I have been involved in many professional associations both provincially and nationally and am currently a member of the NLSUPPORT Patient Advisory Council. I am very proud to be a member of the Pan Canadian Patient Council. I believe that Patient Centered Research can help to address some of the complex issues facing our health care system today and into the future. My vision is for CIHR funding to be available for Patient-Initiated Community-Based research projects supported by strong partnerships with academic institutions and clinicians.
I currently serve as the Chair of the Pan-Canadian Patient Council for the SPOR PIHCN and am one of four patient partners on the Network Leadership Council. Until her death, I was a caregiver of my mother as she moved along the continuum of care in Alberta from home care to supportive living, long term care and palliative care. I am also a patient and receive care for arthritis and osteoporosis.
I am currently involved in several primary health care research projects as a patient partner and work part time as a senior consultant for Alberta Health Services (AHS) Before my retirement I was a surveyor for Accreditation Canada and was Senior Provincial Director, Seniors Health and Bone & Joint Health Strategic Clinical Networks. Strategic Clinical Networks were established to transform systems of care for key populations of Albertans extending along the entire continuum of care, based on evidence and best practice.
I received the Mary Morrison Davis Award of Excellence for contributions to the field of gerontology in Alberta. I have a Bachelor of Pharmacy with Distinction and a Master of Health Services Administration, both from the University of Alberta. I am a Certified Health Executive (Life Member) with the Canadian College of Health Leaders and Board member and Governance Committee Chair of the Brain Care Centre of Northern Alberta.
I am passionate about meaningful patient and public involvement in all aspects of healthcare.
I have been a patient mostly due to what I call structural damage, starting with a near fatal car accident causing a crushed chest, internal damage and more broken bones than could be counted when I was 24 and more recently when I smashed my right elbow in a fall and it was replaced. Just a few months ago I joined the ranks of the chronically ill with a minor stroke. I have also been a remote caregiver to my mother for 5 years until she died of dementia in the Netherlands in 2015 where I learned about the Dutch medical system.
I have a background in technology as a product manager for startups, medium sized and global giants designing and implementing CRM systems for financial services and as a consultant. This gave me an interest in organizations, structure and systems – and how to get things done.
I started in 2011 as one of two initial patient and family advisors at my local hospital, St. Joseph’s Health Centre, Toronto. I helped co-design our Community Engagement Council and served as one of the first co-chairs. I collaborate with Health Quality Ontario, the Ontario Ministry of Health and am on the Citizens Panel of the Toronto Central LHIN.
In the research area, I was one of the initial citizen members of the Research Management Committee of the Canadian Frailty Network, a position I filled for nearly 4 years. I then went on to participate on their Citizen Engagement Committee. I have also been on the ARTIC Operational Committee and Patient Engagement Advisory Committee, Bruyère Research Institute. Currently I am on the INSPIRE Operations Committee and the BeACCoN PHICI Network. I have also been a patient partner on over 6 research projects since 2014. I have also taken the PaCER course out of the University of Alberta that trains patients and caregivers to be community researchers. And finally, I am one of 12 co-founders of the Patient Advisors Network (PAN), a national community of practice for those of us who are patient and family advisors and patient partners.
Melissa is an associate professor at the School of Physical & Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University. With a background in medical and psychological anthropology, her research and educational initiatives focus on the value of experiential evidence, which she mobilizes in participatory approaches to patient and public engagement and partnership for mental health system and community transformation.
I am a member of the BRIC NS Advisory Council and a patient partner on multiple team-based, collaborative research projects. I am an advocate for the lived experience voice to be incorporated in all aspects of healthcare: from research to delivery. I have been an advocate and a supportive voice in the diabetes community, in particular, in the area of diabetes and mental health, patient-centred care, and health service delivery. In my free time, I enjoy reading, baking, and exercising.
I have a large spectrum of experiential knowledge of living with a sickness. Being born with Cystic Fibrosis more than 40 years ago, I navigated my whole life through the Quebec heath care system where I received extensive and specialized care. In 2014, I was the privileged recipient of a double lung transplant. Since 2014, I became a patient partner with the Quebec SPOR SUPPORT unit and different research teams as well as a patient trainer with the Université de Montréal. I was also Quebec’s Provincial Director of the Canadian Transplant Association and I am currently a patient co-lead for the QC PIHCI Network.
I have been a patient since birth. Over the years, I have acquired a unique level of experiential knowledge: two orphan diseases, three major cancers, chronic pain, heart problems and several months in a coma. I have been a peer-support worker for 50 years (end-of-life care, cancer, community care). I am a patient partner in community care at Family Medicine Group Notre-Dame. I am also involved in daily accompaniment of patients during COVID-19 pandemic. I accompanied a loved one with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease (5 years) and am also a mother and caregiver of my daughter Natacha, who died at the age of 20.
I am a research chair in patient and public partnership/associated patient partner of Canada. This has given me the opportunity to get involved in many ways: as a co-lead for Caring Community, a collaborator for Compassionate Communities, a patient collaborator for Réseau-1 Québec, a patient council member for the PIHCI SPOR Network, a collaborator for the Montreal Heart Institute, and as a collaborator for the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute. I am is also a patient coach for the second-year students of the faculty of medicine of the Université de Montréal (clinical interview course and clinical ethics course). I am also involved as a patient recruiter for the Centre of Excellence on Partnership with Patients and the Public (CEPPP). I was a patient collaborator for the Quebec Ministry of Health COVID-19 Working Groups (triage, level of care, seniors’ care), a founder of Association des Ami(e)s du patient, and a collaborator in the Interdisciplinary Support Group and Physician Assisted Dying Governance Committee at the CHUM.
I have a master’s degree in clinical ethics, and has completed training in patient partnership, Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia, and in end-of-life care and training for caregivers and peer support workers. I was awarded the Seniors Tribute Award by the Quebec government in 2019 and the Palliative Care Volunteer Award by the CHUM in 2009.
I am both a patient and caregiver serving both within my province and on the PIHCI Network’s Leadership Council. I have been sick with a chronic illness since 1993 as a result of a serious mistake made resulting in me going from being an athlete to a person who requires liquid oxygen 24/7 and having to undergo over 16 major operations (and having died twice). My longest stay in hospital was close to two years. Despite this I fill my days helping folks in my own way. I am considered positive and I use humor to manage constant pain and, yes, I would be considered a person in the top 5 percentile of health care usage. Prior to all of the above, I was an athlete who played serious ball and hockey. I have worked in the nuclear field in operations. I have also been an adviser to several health ministers regarding mental health. Since the first year after returning home from my brush with death in 1993-94, I have been very active in the volunteer world. Mental health was my first in-road to being a volunteer and advocate as a result of my daughter’s tragic illness.
Regardless of illness, I believe that we as individuals need to step up the best we can. I truly believe that healthcare needs patient and caregiver involvement in order to improve all elements of healthcare. Below is a list of current responsibilities and groups that I am both humbled and honored to belong to:
- Canadian Medical Association Patient Voice Vice Chair
- Pan Canadian Patient Council member
- UNV of New Brunswick PIHCI Den
- Canadian Mental Health Association NB President
- Dal Health Mentor at UNB
- Patient Advisory council Horizon Health NB
- Patient Advisor St John Regional Hospital NB
- Anglophone Southern School District Health Advisory committee NB