Opportunities - ENCOMPASS: ENhancing Community Health through Patient navigation, Advocacy and Social Support, Advisory Committee

ENCOMPASS: ENhancing COMmunity Health through Patient navigation, Advocacy and Social Support

University of Calgary


Project Background

The ENCOMPASS study aims to evaluate a Community Health Navigation program that connects patients living with chronic health conditions to Community Health Navigators (CHNs). Community Health Navigators (CHNs) are community members that help guide patients through the health care system and provide support for self-management. CHNs are not health professionals, like a doctor or nurse, however they are experts in the communities they serve and are specially trained to help connect patients to resources and get the most out of their healthcare.


The research team at the University of Calgary is collaborating with four Primary Care Networks (PCNs) throughout Alberta to offer and evaluate this program. The team will be looking at differences between the care a patient receives with a CHN versus typical health care provided. We want to determine if a CHN helps patients with chronic conditions have better health outcomes and healthcare experiences. This study will also help us to determine whether the CHN program can be expanded to other Primary Care Networks across Alberta.


This is an opportunity for patient partnership. We are looking for 2-5 individuals with lived experience with chronic disease, patients, family members, or caregivers, to join our Advisory Committee.


Roles and Responsibilities

The patient partners will be valued, contributing members of the study’s Advisory Committee.

  • Patient members of the Advisory Committee will be asked to attend and participate in four meetings, most likely in Calgary, over two years. During these meetings, the ENCOMPASS team will ask for member’s feedback and perspectives on study activities and materials, as well as interpretation of study data and dissemination of results.
  • There will be the opportunity to teleconference into the meetings.
  • Patient partners will be invited to attend a workshop about patient engagement in the ENCOMPASS study.
  • On an as-needed basis, patient partners may also be invited to advise on project-related activities in-between biannual advisory committee meetings. Participation in activities outside of advisory committee meetings will be optional.


Time Commitment

ENCOMPASS patient partners will be active between April 2020 and June 2022.

Meetings will be biannual (i.e. once every six months). There will be a total of 4 meetings. Each meeting will last between 1-3 hours.



Reimbursement will be provided for travel and parking expenses to attend the meetings.

Compensation will be offered for time and contribution at a rate of $25/hour.



Project Team Contact Information

For more information or to apply for this opportunity, please contact:

Emily Nunez                                                   Natalie Ludlow

emily.nunez@ucalgary.ca                               natalie.ludlow@ucalgary.ca

403.220.7253                                                  403.210.7651