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LAH was part of a successful MSFHR Convening & Collaborating (C2) Program grant application for the AIRWISE study. LAH scientists Dr. Sonya Cressman at Simon Fraser University and Dr. Renelle Myers, both from the BC Cancer Research Institute, will work with a team of researchers, knowledge users, and community partners from across BC – including many from the LAH Scientific Team. They will use a lung cancer risk prediction model, health risk decision tools, and other information such as radon level maps to share targeted information about lung health risks. Anyone can then use the information to prevent and manage their risks through lung cancer screening, pulmonary rehab services, smoking cessation programs, and radon test kits. Congratulations Sonya!


Quality Forum 2021

Members of the Community Stakeholder Committee (CSC) and LAH staff created a video presentation for the BC Patient Safety and Quality Council (BCPSQC) annual Quality Forum (February 25-26). Quality Forum 2021 was entirely virtual this year, but BCPSQC continued to focus on improving quality across the continuum of care. CSC co-chair Winnie Lo initiated the idea to present and proposed a joint presentation about the experience of developing and maintaining the CSC from the early days of LAH, continuing to grow and thrive during the COVID-19 pandemic, and learning from an evaluation of members’ experiences.

We adapted a panel discussion format to create a 10-minute video, available on demand to everyone registered for the conference. Winnie Lo and Dennis Josey from the CSC, Director of Operations Phalgun Joshi, and KT Specialist Karen Rideout discussed the origins and goals for the CSC as central to patient engagement at LAH, motivations and goals for CSC members, and adaptions and mutual support during the pandemic restrictions.

Our presentation video, Navigating relationship building and team work during the COVID-19 pandemic: an experience with the Legacy for Airway Health (LAH) Initiative from the patient partners’ perspective, is available on request.


For questions about this project, please contact Karen.rideout@VCH.ca.

Clinical Pathways to Smoking Cessation

We recently completed an exciting project in partnership with QuitNow, the Ministry of Health, the Specialist Services Committee and Shared Care Committee (Doctors of BC) on identifying barriers and opportunities for enhancing the pathways between clinical care and smoking cessation services in BC. The project was based on extensive engagement of stakeholders including clients who are past or current smokers.

We held a three-part symposia series on Feb 2nd, Feb 11th, and March 4th, 2021 that brought together 67 stakeholders from diverse backgrounds including clients with lived experience in smoking cessation, health care providers, researchers, and representatives from health authorities, the BC Ministry of Health and Doctors of BC. The participants identified key challenges and priorities for enhancing clinical pathways to smoking cessation in BC, such as increasing awareness of tobacco use disorder among health care providers, and strategies to enhance screening and referrals by health care providers to smoking cessation services. In addition, the participants provided recommendations for enhancing the reach and impact of the QuitNow program. The ideas and recommendations will form the basis for future conversations and stakeholder engagement towards a BC-wide interdisciplinary approach to promoting and enhancing smoking cessation in BC.

This symposia series showcased the enthusiasm, expertise, and support for smoking cessation across BC. While many challenges remain in providing quality and equitable smoking cessation services, we are very proud to have led this first-of-its kind stakeholder engagement in BC bringing together clients, smoking cessation experts, and service providers in the province. We look forward to continuing these collaborations and conversation to improve smoking cessation services for British Columbians, and to engaging the research community further to developing and applying innovative methods to surmount these barriers and rigorously evaluate our progress together.

Smoking cessation plays an important role in the care and prevention of COPD. If you are looking for smoking cessation support, please contact one of these services:


For questions about this project contact Erin.Shellington@ubc.ca.