Patient and Community Advisory Committee

The Patient and Community Advisory Committee at UBC Health acts as a resource to: 

  • advise the UBC Health Council; 
  • work in partnership to include diverse, autonomous, and authentic voices of patients in the education of health and social care professionals; and 
  • advocate for patients as active collaborators in the role of teachers, assessors, curriculum developers, and educational decision makers.

Its membership is recommended by Patients in Education (an independent group of patients and representatives of patient and health-related not-for-profit organizations based in the community) and approved by the UBC Health Council.

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Composition and Organization
  1. The committee will be co-chaired by a director of Patient and Community Partnership for Education at UBC Health and a patient/community representative on the UBC Health Council. 
  2. Membership will consist of approximately 10-12 people recommended by Patients in Education who represent various health concerned patient populations in the community. Membership will be as diverse as possible to maximize representation from different patient populations and those who experience health inequities due to the social determinants of health. 
  3. The term of appointment is three years. 
  4. Committee members will recommend a designate to cover for them, when necessary. 
  5. Meeting and members’ expenses (e.g. secretarial support, refreshments, parking) will be provided by UBC Health. 
  6. Meetings will be four times per year. Additional meetings will be called as needed at the discretion of the Chair(s). 
  7. Meeting times and location will accommodate members who have disability/mobility limitations. 
  8. Ad hoc working groups will be formed to address specific projects.
Roles and Responsibilities
  1. Provide patients’ perspectives and advice on matters referred by the UBC Health Council or its subcommittees. 
  2. Assist in patient-centred curriculum development through identifying topics and relevant content (e.g. advocacy, cultural competency) to ensure that the patient’s voice and community engagement activities are effectively embedded in the integrated approach to health education. 
  3. In collaboration with the health curriculum and practice education committees, promote educational initiatives or practice opportunities by fostering communication between the programs and the PAC. 
  4. In collaboration with the health curriculum and practice education committees, act as a catalyst for change, advocating for collaborative patient-centred care as an important strategy in addressing emergent health care issues. 
  5. Facilitate recognition of excellence in patient involvement in education through awards and other forms of recognition. 
  6. Provide input into logistics for patient involvement in curricula and assessment practices. 
  7. Define and share good practices for patient and community engagement. 
  8. Assist with evaluation of activities and impact. 
  9. Through its link with Patients in Education and other community groups, consult more widely among patient and public groups to provide input into UBC Health as needed.

The Patient and Community Advisory Committee will be accountable to the UBC Health Council. It will communicate important information back to Patients in Education.

Terms of Reference

Committee members will 

  1. Attend all committee meetings and functions such as special events, or make a reasonable effort to send a delegate if unable to attend. 
  2. Be informed about the committee’s mandate, policies, and initiatives.
  3. Review agenda and supporting materials prior to committee meetings.
  4. Serve on working groups or task forces and offer to take on special assignments.
  5. Inform others about the work of the Patient and Community Advisory Committee and link to the community and stakeholders.
  6. Suggest possible nominees to the committee who can make significant contributions to the work of the committee.
  7. Follow UBC's conflict-of-interest and confidentiality policies.

Chairs will 

  1. Report to the Associate Vice-President, Health and Patients in Education. 
  2. Chair Patient and Community Advisory Committee meetings.
  3. Work with committee members to establish a strategic plan for the committee that is aligned with the work of UBC Health and Patients in Education. 
  4. Oversee activities of the Patient and Community Advisory Committee.
Current Members
  • Darren Lauscher, Community Educator (Co-Chair)
  • Angela Towle, Co-Director, Patient and Community Partnership for Education (Co-Chair)
  • Janice Barr
  • Larry Dawe
  • Anja Lanz
  • Kent Loftsgard
  • Daryl Luster
  • Sue Macdonald
  • Sharon Tomlinson
  • Mandy Young
Past Members

Jon Collins (2017-2020)