PRE-FORUM DEEP DIVE SESSION: Creating Connections for Health

This pre-Forum session is presented in partnership with the Joint Collaborative Committees (JCC)

Tuesday, February 25
0800 – 1700

In-Province: $175 +GST | Out-of-Province: $250 +GST | Full-Time Student: $125 +GST

Whether you’re engaged in QI for primary care transformation, facility-based care, or collaborative solutions to improve access and integration of our health care system, this year’s JCC pre-Forum offers learning experiences for all.

Spreading Success

Interactive presentations, workshops and storyboards will demonstrate how providers, partners, patients and families are creating connections to improve care. Connections highlighted include the work of partnerships, teams, and networks as just a few examples of how collaborative efforts and shared goals are benefiting those accessing and working in our health care system.

​You will have the opportunity to learn from the experiences of others, their strategies and successes, as well as challenges that could potentially steer you off course. Resources will also be shared to help facilitate the spread of initiatives and best practices from community to community.

Registration & Sponsorship

Funding is available for any practicing physician within BC to attend the JCC pre-Forum event. Please use the discount code JCC20-Physician when registering to waive the registration fee. Physicians must attend the JCC pre-Forum event, which is listed as “Creating Connections for Health” within the registration form, in order to be eligible for this funding.

For other sponsored attendees, please contact for your discount code.

QF20 Keynote Speaker – Dr Danièle Behn Smith

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Danièle Behn Smith

Roots of Wellness: Indigenous Perspectives on Practitioner Resiliency

Dr. Behn Smith will share her personal experiences of recovering from physician burnout by embracing Indigenous teachings of relationality, interconnection and wellness in her personal and professional practice. Dr. Behn Smith, an Eh Cho Dene and Metis physician, carries unique perspectives of walking in two worlds – Indigenous and mainstream. She will speak to specific Indigenous insights that have helped her to regain balance, and how these can be applied to promote resilience amongst health care practitioners and the health system more broadly.

Dr. Danièle Behn Smith is Eh Cho Dene Fort Nelson First Nation on her father’s side, and French Canadian/Métis Red River Valley on her mother’s side. Her career has spanned the country and the globe, including practicing rural medicine in many remote communities across Canada.

In 2006, Dr. Behn Smith travelled around the world learning about traditional medicine from Elders and medicine people as part of a documentary series entitled Medicine Woman. She returned to Family Practice grounded in Indigenous approaches to health.

Dr. Behn Smith has provided her expertise on Indigenous approaches to health in many capacities, including as board director for the Indigenous Physicians Association of Canada, and Site Director of UBC’s Indigenous Family Practice Residency. She currently works alongside the Provincial Health Office, and provides independent advice and support to the Ministry of Health on First Nations and Aboriginal health.