All of us across the Can-SOLVE CKD Network would like to express our gratitude and appreciation to Helen Chiu for her years of tireless work to advance patient engagement in kidney research.
Since Can-SOLVE CKD’s founding in 2016, Helen has served as the network’s Patient Engagement Liaison on secondment from BC Renal. Having played a central role in establishing and growing the network’s patient engagement activities, Helen will return to her full-time position of Quality Lead, Patient-Centred Performance Improvement with BC Renal at the end of November. We wish her all the best, and we are excited that she will continue to support the patient voice in kidney research and care through initiatives such as the development of a provincial patient engagement framework for BC Renal.
Helen has embodied Can-SOLVE CKD’s vision and values by building respectful relationships with patient partners and ensuring their voices are present in all network activities. She has coordinated recruitment of patient partners to the national Patient Council, working groups, and research project teams, while also facilitating regular communication with patients and researchers to ensure effective collaboration. Over the past year, Helen focused on supporting the work of the Can-SOLVE CKD Indigenous Peoples’ Engagement and Research Council, helping to advance the Wabishki Bizhiko Skaanj Learning Pathway. She was also a key contributor to the successful CIHR grant application that supported the network’s establishment.
Helen’s passion for authentic, respectful patient engagement is recognized by all her colleagues across the network.
On behalf of the entire Can-SOLVE CKD Network, thank you Helen!