LAH works closely with a group of patient partners who make up the LAH Community Partner Committee (CPC). Through the CPC, LAH has created a collaborative environment that increases opportunities for ongoing and meaningful engagement between patient partners, researchers, and decision-makers.
CPC members participate in patient-oriented research (POR) projects aimed at preventing or improving care for COPD and asthma. POR includes patients as proactive partners in the research process: patient partners help shape research and ensure that outcomes are meaningful to, and improve health care. CPCmembers also contribute to LAH governance and strategic planning initiatives, as well as interact with each other through a variety of CPC team-building, training, and planning initiatives.
As co-chairs, we are very proud to have joined LAH at its inception as CSC members to walk this exciting and wonderful journey with our fellow community partners, researchers, and clinicians who share the passion in making a difference for people living with COPD and asthma.
Our illnesses did not stop us, and together with the rest of the CSC members, we hope to support other patients with airway health challenges. We will work hard to ensure the success of the LAH initiative, which will benefit the lung health of all British Columbians.
— Santa Chow (co-chair), Anna Rychtera (co-chair)
The CSC is composed of individuals who have, who are at risk of developing, or who provide care for someone with COPD or asthma. There are approximately 20 members from diverse backgrounds with respect to age, gender, ethnicity, disease type and severity, and geographical region within the province.
The co-chairs play an important role to help nurture a culture of trust, collaboration and transparency within the CSC.