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Pre-conference: Wednesday, March 7

10:00 am | Pre-conference workshop: Using an Upstream Approach to Frailty in Seniors

Day 1: Thursday, March 8

8:00 am | Registration and breakfast
8:45 am | Welcome remarks

Speaker: Heather Davidson, BC Ministry of Health
Speaker: Sabrina Wong, CHSPR
Indigenous welcome and blessing: Coast Salish Elder Roberta Price, Snuneymuxw and Cowichan First Nations
Speaker: Kim McGrail, Conference co-chair, CHSPR

9:20 am | Opening keynote | Envisioning the learning health system

What defines learning health systems, and what benefits can they offer?
Chair: Kim McGrail, CHSPR
Speaker: Charles Friedman, University of Michigan Medical School [Slides]

10:00 am | Audience Q&A

10:15 am | Refreshment break
10:45 am | Panel I | A New Hope: Building blocks for a BC learning health system

Where are existing learning health systems or components of such systems in BC? How can we build on these and other successes?
Chair: Robyn Tamblyn, Institute of Health Services and Policy Research
Speaker: Jim Christenson, BC Emergency Medicine Network [Slides]
Speaker: Doris Barwich, BC Centre for Palliative Care [Slides]
Speaker: Lillian Parsons, Providence Health Care [Slides]

11:30 am | Breakout | Clones and Fractals: Your turn to identify other building blocks

Tables will work individually and together to identify examples of precursors and starting points for our own learning health system, to enrich our understanding of where we are in BC and the rest of the Canada about what we have and what we still need in order to move forward. There will be a facilitator at each table.

12:00 pm | Return of the Jedi: Q&A with morning speakers

What have we heard? Where are we now?

12:30 pm | Lunch
1:30 pm | Concurrent sessions

Session I: Conceptual frameworks for learning health systems
Session II: The learning cycle
Session III: Community and culture in learning health systems

2:30 pm | Refreshment break
3:00 pm | Panel II | Galaxies not so far, far away: Perspectives from outside BC

Where are existing learning health systems or components of those systems outside BC? What have they achieved?
What can they teach us about the best approach in BC?

Chair: Zena Sharman, Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research
Speaker: David Ford, Swansea University, Wales [Slides]
Speaker: Walter Wodchis, University of Toronto [Slides]
Speaker: Jean-François Ethier, Université de Sherbrooke [Slides]

4:00 pm | Audience Q&A
4:30 pm | Questions to ponder

Speaker: Steven Lewis, Access Consulting
Speaker: Kim McGrail, CHSPR

4:45 pm | Interactive poster session and reception

Day 2: Friday, March 9

8:00 am | Breakfast
8:45 am | Welcome and reflections on Day 1

Speakers: Tom Noseworthy, Steven Lewis and friends

9:20 am | Keynote | Advice from the Jedi: Ethical considerations in blurring the lines between research and practice

How do we accelerate learning without causing harm?
Chair: Charlyn Black, CHSPR
Speaker: Nancy Kass, Johns Hopkins University [Slides]

10:00 am | Audience Q&A
10:15 am | Refreshment break
10:45 am | Keynote | May the force be with you: What do we need to change to awaken the system?

What are the keys to change at the individual, practice, and system levels? How do we make the changes needed?
Chair: Marc Pelletier, Institute for Health Systems Transformation and Sustainability
Speaker: Lucy Savitz, Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research [Slides]

11:25 am | Awakening the system: What have we learned?

Final Q&A with speakers and respondents

12:00 pm | Closing remarks

Speaker: Steven Lewis, Access Consulting
Speaker: Kim McGrail, CHSPR

12:30 pm | Invited post-conference session: Putting learning health system ideas into practice in BC

This three-hour facilitated session is a chance to work together to start applying what we’ve learned in BC. We will use a “world café” style approach to name key themes, and we hope to end with concrete plans for next steps.

1:00 pm | Post-conference workshop: The Evolving Ethics of Research with Indigenous People in Canada