Through stakeholder engagement, BC AHSN is committed to seeking input from health system partners on how to build an academic health science network that works for BC. Our goal is to optimize the impact and alignment of the BC SUPPORT Unit and BC AHSN’s complementary functions for driving scientific discovery, multi-sector engagement, educational readiness and system-wide transformation in priority health areas.
Between October 2016 and February 2017, BC AHSN conducted an initial stakeholder engagement process to discuss network development to date and share details of a draft strategy framework with key stakeholders. During this time, BC AHSN leaders met with 150+ individuals across more than 30 key stakeholder organizations/groups. These discussions also provided an excellent opportunity to learn of others’ current innovation activities and strategies.
BC AHSN’s Stakeholder Engagement Report was finalized in April 2017. Synthesizing comments and feedback offered during these discussions, the report reflects three major themes that emerged:
- Stakeholders confirmed there is a critical need for BC to accelerate health innovation; there is an opportunity for BC AHSN to play a key role.
- Stakeholders indicated that they are supportive of BC AHSN’s strategic framework and the network’s development to date.
- Although stakeholders expressed support, they also raised a number of critical success factors for further network development.
The feedback and recommendations that have emerged from BC AHSN’s stakeholder engagement to date will help the BC AHSN Board and executive finalize its strategy and operating model.
BC AHSN extends its gratitude to the organizations and groups involved in this engagement process:
- Access to Innovation Conference
- BC Association of Institutes & Universities
- BC Clinical Research Infrastructure Network
- BC Colleges
- BC Institute of Technology
- BC Leadership Council
- BC Primary Health Care Research Network
- BC SUPPORT Unit Regional Centre Leads
- First Nations Health Authority
- Fraser Health
- Genome BC
- Health Research Council of BC
- Institute for Health System Transformation & Sustainability
- Interior Health
- Island Health
- Joint Collaborative Committee
- Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research
- Northern Health
- Pacific Health Innovation Exchange
- Patient Voices Network
- Providence Health Care
- Provincial Health Services Authority
- Research University Council of BC – Presidents
- Research University Council of BC – Vice Presidents Research
- Simon Fraser University
- Thompson Rivers University
- Vancouver Academic Health Science Centre
- Vancouver Coastal Health/Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute
- Vancouver Island University Presidents
- University of British Columbia
- University of British Columbia-Okanagan
- University of Northern British Columbia
- University of Victoria
Going forward, BC AHSN will pursue further outreach to grow the base of people and organizations engaged in network development and rollout.