Public & Patient Engagement

We want to know what you think about our health care system and work with you to make it even better.

For over 12 years, members of the public, patients, and family members have been involved in sharing their experiences, opinions, and ideas about health care services and overall strategies. We have we’ve been working with citizens and communities at the neighbourhood level, identifying and working on issues to improve the health of their communities.

Engagement refers to actively seeking out the insights and advice of our most important stakeholders - community members, patients, residents, clients, and their families.  We continue to learn and improve how we deliver care because of the involvement and commitment of so many engagement volunteers over the years. Engagement also includes community development, where community members identify issues that are important to them and work collaboratively to address issues and develop programs in their own neighbourhoods.

There are many ways to get involved and become an engagement volunteer with us. We are looking for new volunteers for many of our advisory groups.

Here are some of the opportunities to get engaged with us! Click on the links to learn more and for on-line applications.

Emergency Department Patient Advisory Council

Work with us to improve processes in emergency departments across the Winnipeg health region.

Local Health Involvement Groups

Community members explore and provide advice on high level health system and policy issues.

WRHA Palliative, Primary and Home Health Services Advisory Council

Bringing forward the perspectives of those receiving palliative care, primary care, and home care services allowing for greater collaboration between care providers from different areas of the health system, enabling joint care planning and decision making.

Ethics Council Public Engagement Group

Clients and family members explore ethics-related considerations of high-level health system and policy issues.

Long Term Care Advisory Council

Residents and family members provide advice to Long Term Care Program.

Mental Health Advisory Council

Clients and family members provide advice to Adult Mental Health Program.

Patient and Family Advisory Council

Patients and family members explore and provide advice on delivery of care issues.

For more information on our advisory groups, call Colleen Schneider at 204-803-7294 or via email at

If you would like information on opportunities to get involved with community development activities in your neighbourhood, please get in touch with one of our community facilitators.

If you are not sure who to contact, please call or email Madeline Kohut at 204-940-8574 or at

For information on volunteering at the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority, visit our volunteer website or contact Suzie McLeod at 204 787-7247 or

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