Julie Drury joins the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement as Strategic Lead – Patient Partnerships

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September 3, 2019 – The Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement today announced that Julie Drury has joined the organization as the Strategic Lead – Patient Partnerships.

CFHI is committed to ensuring that the experiences of patients and families shape improvement efforts. Actively partnering with patients, family members and other caregivers is one of the ways CFHI is working to transform healthcare. Julie will help to grow CFHI’s patient engagement and partnership programming that supports engagement capable environments to improve patient experience and care outcomes across Canada. The position is a one-year interchange from Health Canada.

“Patients, families and caregivers are key partners in improvement-oriented healthcare systems that deliver better patient experiences and outcomes,” said Maria Judd, Vice-President, Programs. “We are thrilled to welcome Julie to CFHI in this new role that is central to our refreshed strategy. With over a decade of experience as a patient and family advisor with local, provincial and national organizations, Julie will help CFHI to grow programs and initiatives that drive and support partnerships in system change.”

Prior to joining CFHI, Julie was a career public servant who worked as a senior advisor and director in strategic policy, planning and reporting across many different files – with an emphasis on building intersectional partnerships and teams. She developed the framework and strategy for including persons with lived experience into the policy direction of the federal opioids task force and is the former chair of the Minister’s Patient and Family Advisory Council for Ontario. Julie also serves as a board director with MitoCanada Foundation and SKIP – Solutions for Kids in Pain, is a patient partner with Canadian Medical Association Patient Voice and chair of the Provincial Paediatric Palliative Care Family Advisory Council.

“I am looking forward to working with the dynamic team at the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement to support the development of patient, family and caregiver engagement, partnership and leadership strategies at a national level,” said Julie Drury. “The knowledge and experience of patients is essential to an innovative and integrated healthcare system. CFHI has shown incredible leadership in this space, and I am eager to work with this organization that is dedicated to championing the evolution of patient partnership.”

About CFHI
The Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement works shoulder-to-shoulder with partners to accelerate the identification, spread and scale of proven healthcare innovations. Together, we’re delivering lasting improvement in patient experience, work life of healthcare providers, value for money and the health of everyone in Canada. CFHI is a not-for-profit organization funded by Health Canada.

The views expressed herein do not necessarily represent the views of Health Canada.

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