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Putting Patient First 2019 Conference Panel:Talking with Healthcare Leaders: How is Patient Oriented Research positively impacting the health system and how can this be amplified?

Panelists: Linda Dempster (Fraser Representative), Denise Jaworsky (Northern Representative), Anne-Marie Visockas (Interior Representative), Mark Blandford (Island Representative); Moderator: Chad Dickie (Patient Partner)

Speaker Bios:


Linda Dempster, Vice President, Patient Experience, Fraser Health. Linda Dempster provides strategic leadership for the Patient Experience portfolio, ensuring the health care journey is both high quality and seamless for patients, clients, residents and their families. The portfolio includes Quality and Patient Safety, including the Patient Care Quality Office, Accreditation and the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program, Professional Practice, Infection Prevention and Control, and Innovation, Planning, Research and Evaluation. Linda has over 30 years of experience in a variety of health care settings. She was the winner of the CRNBC Award of Distinction in Nursing in 2014. Most recently she led the Professional Practice Department within Alberta Health Services, with responsibility for provincial staffing services as well as all aspects of professional practice such as specialty education, student placement, new graduate transition, collaborative practice to name a few. Prior to that Linda led the Quality and Patient Safety portfolio for Vancouver Coastal Health which included leading the accreditation, infection prevention and control, community engagement, performance improvement and human factors engineering processes across the organization.

Denise Jaworsky is a general internal medicine physician in Terrace, BC, where she is also the co-site director for the Integrated Community Clerkship program for third year medical students. As a specialist, she works closely with primary care providers and Northern Health authority services to support people living with chronic disease.She is pursuing a PhD in Clinical Epidemiology through the University of Toronto and her research interest focuses around community engagement in epidemiology research. She works closely with patient partners on many research projects and is very interested in exploring new ways to engage patient partners as team members. She is also the proud mom of a 9-month who will also be attending #PPF19.

Anne-Marie Visockas joined Interior Health in February 2017 as Vice President – Health Systems Planning, Mental Health & Substance Use (MHSU), and Residential Services. In January 2019, her portfolio changed to VP, Planning and Research. Her current portfolio includes Health System Planning, Strategic Information Management / Analytics, Health System Evaluation, Research, and Primary and Community Care Planning. In this role, Anne-Marie provides operational leadership and oversight for IH-wide planning, including the Health Authority service plan and alignment with Ministry of Health priorities, detailed operating plans to achieve Ministry operating expectations, and monitoring and reporting on strategic priority results. The portfolio is also responsible for research, information, analytics and evaluation support for Interior Health. Further, the portfolio provides leadership for Primary & Community Care Transformation planning. Previously, Anne-Marie was the Senior Program Officer for Financial Planning with Alberta Health Services (AHS) where she was responsible for leading the Financial Planning team, including development of the AHS $14 billion budget and alignment with organizational strategic planning and directions. She also worked for Interior Health from 2003 – 2011 serving in leadership roles in our information support, information management, and research departments. Anne-Marie specializes in health services research and has extensive experience using linked health administrative databases for research into chronic health conditions and service utilization, along with use of health authority data to support analytics and performance management and reporting. She completed a PhD in Management and Policy Sciences specializing in Health Economics at the University of Texas Health Sciences Centre and has completed a post-doctoral fellowship at CHSPR in Vancouver. Anne-Marie has significant experience translating her academic background into practical application, combined with doctoral and post-doctoral work on primary and community care.

Moderator Bio:


Chad Dickie is Dene from the Fort Nelson First Nation in northeast BC. He is the Board Chair of A.V.I. Health & Community Services, formerly AIDS Vancouver Island, in Victoria, BC and contributes his patient voice on the BC Ministry of Health (MoH) Primary & Community Care Research Advisory Committee and the MoH Patient Survey Consultation Group. Chad also contribute his patient perspective to the Western Communities Primary Care Network Steering Committee, the Westshore Urgent Primary Care Centre Communications Working Group, and the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) Patient Voice Committee. He also coordinated panel presentations for the Canadian Conference on Global Health (with the Canadian Society for International Health) and the Community Based Research Network’s Summit Conference, formerly the Gay Men’s Health Summit. Chad is also Principal Knowledge User for a $2-million, 5-year CIHR (Canadian Institute of Health Research) HIV Cure grant working with researchers from Simon Fraser University, the University of Toronto and the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS. Chad, a proud graduate of the Pacific AIDS Network Positive Leadership Development Institute (PLDI, 2014-15), contributes his HIV lived experience with community-based research projects and public speaking engagements. For his work, Chad was awarded the 2019 BC Patient Safety & Quality Council Quality Award for “Leadership in Advancing the Patient Voice”. Chad believes real change requires concerted effort to address stigma and discrimination within care provision and that person- and patient-centred must include addressing the social and structural determinants of health.