Community connections: Building capacity and engagement in health research

The BC SUPPORT Unit Fraser Centre connected with patients and the public at Community Conversations: Finding and Using Health Research, a public event held February 27th, 2018 at SFU Surrey. The event was planned and co-hosted with SFU Health Sciences and SFU Surrey. The over fifty attendees were treated to two informative presenters (a medical librarian and a philosophy professor) on finding and using health research for health management of one’s own or a family member’s health. There was great conversation about the differences to receptivity of health care providers to health research and strategies for effectively working with providers as well as being mindful of the limitations, credibility, and generalizability of health research.

A great, interactive conversation was hosted by a local radio host with an expert panel of speakers including a patient, a physician, and a researcher. The diverse experiences and expertise enriched the dialogue and learning experience. Fraser Centre staff heard from attendees that they appreciated the knowledge gained, the conversational format, the diverse speakers, and the hospitality.

“Thank you for the delicious spread, great accessible location and engaging topic/presenters,” one attendee wrote in an event evaluation. To read the full evaluation report and lessons learned, please contact Lupin Battersby.

Fraser Centre was encouraged by the enthusiastic response and plan to make this an annual event, likely exploring new partners, topics, and locations to meet the diverse interests and needs of the Fraser region.