Members of the Child and Youth Advisory Council (CAYAC), Family Advisory Council (FAC), and the Youth Transition Patient and Family Advisory Council (TAC) completed a survey on their experience as patient and family advisors. 71% of members of the ACH advisory councils responded.
The Council advisors indicated a strong level of satisfaction with their involvement with the advisory councils. Members felt that their work impacted not only AHS, but Albertans as a whole. One survey respondent stated that the Council's work "impact[s] AHS for the better - bringing about real people with real stories and hearing what they need or want as people using the services." Additionally, council members reflected on the personal impact of engaging through ACH. "My experience has really helped me to be more understanding and open-minded towards people with all sorts of disabilities or medical conditions," stated one TAC Survey Respondent.
The survey identified future areas of focus to strengthen patient and family council member engagement. These included developing council member skill sets, increasing the opportunities for the council to provide more regular feedback, and improving the diversity of overall membership.
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