The BC Academic Health Science Network is pleased to share the latest news about the network’s priorities and progress since its establishment in February this year.
In September, a permanent governance structure for the BC Academic Health Science Network (which includes the BC SUPPORT Unit) was submitted to the Canadian Institutes of Health Research as required. The structure calls for a board of directors of no more than nine members. Board members will represent the public interest, rather than specific sectors.
Named to the permanent BC AHSN Board are the five individuals initially named as interim board members:
- Charles Jago, BC AHSN Chair, Chair, Northern Health Board
- Robin Ciceri, President, Research Universities’ Council of British Columbia
- Heather Davidson, Assistant Deputy Minister, Partnerships and Innovation Division, BC Ministry of Health
- Dermot Kelleher, Dean, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia
- Martin Schechter, Chief Scientific Officer, Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research
The Board has struck a nominating committee to seek up to four additional members whose expertise and perspective will address identified gaps in board composition (e.g., patient perspective, health system experience, industry perspective, financial acumen).
The BC AHSN Board recently endorsed the framework for a strategy that describes the network’s key features and the proposed means by which a broad range of stakeholders will be able to contribute to and benefit from BC AHSN activities.
BC AHSN is now starting to reach out to key contacts as the first step in an ongoing process of stakeholder engagement. Between now and mid-December, we will meet with health care and health research related organizations in a number of sectors. In particular, we’d like to learn about priorities/activities that might either contribute to or overlap with the proposed strategy framework, understand perspectives of various groups on the critical success factors as BC AHSN development continues. We are also interested in hearing about additional groups or organizations to include in our stakeholder engagement.
This initial outreach will help BC AHSN further refine the framework. A stakeholder engagement report, including recommendations and next steps, will be completed by year end and disseminated broadly. Stakeholder input will continue to inform the development of the network strategy and implementation plan as we go along.
BC SUPPORT Unit
Since March, much of BC AHSN’s focus has been on working through a complex series of steps to support the BC SUPPORT Unit as it prepares for implementation. The Unit has made significant progress in the last few months, including:
- Appointing Executive Director Minnie Downey and Scientific Director Stirling Bryan to lead the Unit
- Finalizing early financial agreements with the regional centres
- Launching recruitment for leads of the first four methods clusters
- Preparing for the rollout of initial services across the province
Read more about the BC SUPPORT Unit’s activities.
On behalf of BC AHSN’s Board and Executive, we’d like to thank our partners and colleagues for their patience and support during this start-up phase for BC AHSN. We look forward to connecting with you as part of our stakeholder engagement.
The BC Academic Health Science Network (BC AHSN) was established in February 2016 to foster collaboration and the diffusion of excellence in care, research and education among health system partners. It is also home to the BC SUPPORT Unit, providing governance and oversight to this SPOR initiative to support, streamline and increase patient-oriented research throughout BC.