Presented by the George & Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation

Please note that this event will be recorded and available on the CHI YouTube channel.

Learn about patient and community engagement of sexual and gender minorities for research leading to health policy change by reviewing the engagement process used in a successful research program. Explore the challenges and lessons learned, and discover different strategies for engagement that you can apply in your own work. This module also provides a framework for engagement in research that contributes to health policy change.

CHI’s Lunchtime Learning is open to all researchers, decision-makers, clinicians, patients and members of the public who want to learn more about the theory and practice of meaningful, inclusive, and safe patient and public engagement.

Learning Objectives

This session is for intermediate learners. Following this session, attendees should be able to:

  • Understand the benefits of patient and community engagement in health research.
  • Describe the principles of authentic patient and community engagement.
  • Define intersectionality and consider how to incorporate the principles of intersectionality into your own patient and community engagement strategies.
  • Appreciate the role of advocacy and development of public- and stakeholder-facing materials in research programs that aim to change health policy.

Discussion Lead

Dr. Murdoch Leeies is an organ donation, critical care medicine and emergency medicine specialist physician. Trained as a clinician investigator, he serves as the Director of Research for the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Manitoba. Dr. Leeies leads a collaborative research program focused on promoting health equity in organ and tissue donation and transplantation. To ensure alignment with the target population, Dr. Leeies established a 2SLGBTQIA+ Patient & Public Advisory Team. This team collaborates on patient-centered research, exploring disparities faced by 2SLGBTQIA+ individuals in donation/​transplantation. The goal is to generate insights informing reforms to structural/​systemic health system elements perpetuating these inequities.

The 2023 – 2024 Patient Engagement Lunchtime Learning Series

Educational sessions, panel discussions, and case studies open to anyone interested in learning more about the principles and practice of meaningful, safe and inclusive patient and public engagement in health research.

Each session is categorized into one of three levels. Learners of all levels are welcome to register for every session, though beginners will want to refer to preparation materials (videos and readings) to prepare for intermediate and advanced sessions.

Beginner: intended for those new to engagement and provide a basic understanding of patient and public engagement and its underlying principles.

Intermediate: intended for those with a basic understanding of the principles of engagement, with preparation materials provided to beginners who wish to attend.

Advanced: intended for those with hands-on experience in engagement who want to enhance their skills and knowledge of engagement, with preparation materials provided to beginners or those without hands-on experience who wish to attend.

CHI’s Patient Engagement Team

The Patient and Public Engagement (PE) Team includes Carolyn Shimmin, Patient and Public Engagement Lead for CHI, and Knowledge Broker, Ogai Sherzoi. The team works collaboratively with researchers, clinicians and students to support the meaningful and active involvement of patients, caregivers, families, communities, and members of the public in health research projects and programs. This includes direct support for development and conduct of engagement activities with diverse groups, facilitating relationships, and the development and delivery of resources, training, and education.

Visit our website for more information at https://​uman​i​to​ba​.ca/​c​e​n​t​r​e​-​f​o​r​-​h​e​a​l​t​h​c​a​r​e​-​i​n​n​o​v​a​tion/


The CHI Patient and Public Engagement Lunchtime Learning Series is a self-approved group learning activity (section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. This session may also be eligible for credits with other professional bodies. This series is accredited for a maximum of 10 hours (1 hour per session) and participants will only receive credit for sessions they attend. Certificates of completion are issued annually.