Introducing the 2019 PaCER Student Interns, Part 2: Kidney Health Team

With the recent launch of PaCER’s 2019 training program delivered online through the University of Calgary’s Continuing Education, we are excited to announce 2 new Internships with students from BC, Alberta, Manitoba and Ontario; IBD (Sponsor: IMAGINE) and Kidney Health (Sponsor: Alberta Health Services Kidney Health Strategic Clinical Network).

In a 2-part series, we will be introducing each team by sharing their profiles, written in their own words. 



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Meet the PaCER Kidney Health team  

Chris Carriere -- I am a Métis Registered Dietitian currently employed as the Research & Project Coordinator – Chronic Disease with the Métis Nation of Alberta. I am a believer in the power of food as medicine, passionate about chronic disease research and program implementation, and a staunch advocate for Indigenous health equity.

Sabiha Zaman -- I am a life long learner; an educator with interests in health research, innovation and technology. I am stoked to be given the experiential learning opportunity to conduct peer-to-peer research that is relevant and generated by the patient community and has the potential to directly impact patient experience and engagement within the healthcare system.  

Manuel Escoto -- I am a current transplant recipient, having celebrated my 11th transplant-iversary in 2018.  Professionally, I have developed my policy, research, communications, and advocacy skills during my time with the Edmonton Social Planning Council, the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, and the Kidney Foundation of Canada. I joined PaCER with the goal of empowering other patients and to improve the health outcomes of Kidney Health patients throughout their journey. 

Sherry Vera -- I am a retired AHS employee who is passionate about quality healthcare improvement and engaging with patients as co-designers of research.

Abir Aboutaha -- In 2017, I was nominated as a patient research partner for the Orthopedic Oncology Research group. My breadth of experience in qualitative research allows me to engage in project design, qualitative data analysis, and knowledge translation activities. I have experience representing  the voice of patients at decision-making tables, attending research meetings with health care professionals, supporting funding applications and disseminating project results by speaking at conference meetings.

Nancy Verdin -- I retired in 2016 after being an Orthopedic Occupational Therapist for 30 years. I have lived with kidney failure for 29 years and have subsequently experienced the ups and downs of treatment and living with the disease. I joined the Kidney Health SCN in April 2017. Being a part of the Kidney Health SCN allows me to share my experience and some of the ideas I have that could improve the experience for people who live with kidney failure.  As a Mentor for the PaCER program, I am afforded the opportunity to work directly with patients and PaCER Interns to implement “people centred” changes.

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