When the patient is acknowledged as a key partner and decision-maker in health, healthcare works better for everyone. And that starts with educating our health professional students about patient-centred care.

Last year, more than 1,800 students across 12 health programs at UBC benefited by learning from patients through activities such as workshops, mentorship, and videos hosted by the Patient and Community Partnership for Education (PCPE) at UBC Health. Working towards engaging more diverse patient groups in program activities, PCPE kicked off a fundraising campaign earlier this year to raise $250,000 to support that work and build capacity in patient engagement. The funds will be used to create a new community outreach coordinator position to enhance existing and develop new relationships with community-based patient health organizations to increase access for marginalized, vulnerable, and rural and remote patients and communities to be involved in health professional education at UBC.

Thanks to generous philanthropic donors and a contribution from UBC Health, the campaign has already raised $90,000. PCPE’s goal for October is to raise an additional $10,000 towards the campaign.

Every donation makes an impact. A gift today will enable PCPE to increase access and support for equity-deserving patient groups to share their lived experiences with UBC health professional students. Some examples of how a donation could make an impact are: 

  • A gift of $50 could help cover local transit costs for a participant.
  • A gift of $100 could help cover technology costs for a participant in a rural area. 
  • A gift of $500 could help cover catering for a community engagement event.
  • A gift of $1,000 could help with the co-creation of program materials with patients.

All contributions will go directly to PCPE, and tax receipts will be provided for all donations.

To make a donation, visit the campaign page. The campaign runs until October 25, 2023.

Read more about PCPE program activities in the annual report

Posted September 26, 2023


  • Collaborative Health Education