We’re pleased to confirm the establishment on February 29, 2016 of the BC Academic Health Science Network Society (BC AHSN) as the engine for achieving better health for British Columbians through stronger integration of clinical care, education and research.
A memo from Heather Davidson, Assistant Deputy Minister, Partnerships and Innovation Division, Ministry of Health describes the purpose and promise of BC AHSN and its key activities over the next six months to build a network that works for BC, shaped through province-wide, multi-stakeholder consultation.
We welcome the appointment of five highly-respected interim board members to guide the establishment of a permanent governance structure that supports the vision of BC AHSN. Board members do not represent specific organizations, but were chosen for their deep knowledge of the sectors that must be involved for the BC AHSN to be successful, as well as the current research, academic, and health sectors in BC and elsewhere. Interim board members are:
- Robin Ciceri, President of The Research Universities’ Council of British Columbia
- Heather Davidson, Assistant Deputy Minister, Partnerships and Innovation Division, BC Ministry of Health
- Charles Jago, Chair, Northern Health Board
- Dermot Kelleher, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia
- Martin Schechter, Chief Scientific Officer, Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research
Charles Jago has been appointed Chair of the BC AHSN Board.
We’re grateful for the support and engagement of many key stakeholders in our initiative to accelerate BC AHSN’s creation and its development for the benefit of the entire provincial health system. This includes:
- Health authorities
- Research-intensive universities
- Health professional educational institutions
- Research institutions, units and programs
- Patient groups
- Health care professionals
- Health researchers
- Provincial research organizations and funders
- Life sciences sector
- Provincial government
A special thank you goes to the Interim Governing Council of the BC SUPPORT Unit and to the board and members of the BC Clinical Research Infrastructure Network. These initiatives represent a key strength within our brand-new network and we value the continued advisory role of these two groups as we move forward.
We’re committed to providing regular communications to our stakeholders and will be launching a new website soon to help us share information with you. Please watch for news about our consultation plans and other developments in the coming days.