The BC Health Coalition champions a strong public health care system that is there for all of us when we need it. We are a democratic, non-partisan, and consensus-based community of individuals and organizations that span the province of British Columbia. Together we advocate for evidence-based improvements to our public health care system, stimulate public education on health care issues, and drive positive change to our health care system through campaigns across the province.
|Our ongoing priorities include: defending public health care from legal attacks; advocating for improvements to home and long-term care services for seniors; producing research to advance evidence-based improvements to our public health care system; pushing for quality, accessible care before profit; and, advocating for team-based primary health care that is rooted in our communities.|
Our Campaigns and Advocacy
We run campaigns to strengthen and defend public health care. Check out our current work here. In the past, we have:
- Won legislation in B.C. to protect our public voluntary blood donation system
- Successfully advocated to scrap unfair MSP fees in BC by 2020
- Advocated for the creation of the office of the Seniors Advocate
- Won government commitment to real solutions to surgical and diagnostic wait times in B.C.
- Ran multiple election campaigns to encourage voters to support public health care champion candidates
- Advocated nationally for improvements to the public health system such as Pharmacare
Edith MacHattie has been the elected labour co-chair of the BCHC since 2014 and sits on the steering committee as a representative for her union, Health Sciences Association of BC. She is also an occupational therapist who works in the public health care system at a child development centre with school-aged children and their families. One of Edith’s passions is creating safe and accessible spaces for people to feel a sense of belonging and connection in their community. She and her wife feel grateful to be raising their two small kids in a housing co-op in Port Moody.
Barb Nederpel is the labour co-chair for the BCHC and sits on the steering committee as a representative for the Hospital Employees’ Union. She started her career in health care in 2006 as a Licensed Practical Nurse and is now the President of the Hospital Employees’ Union, representing 50,000 members working in acute, long term care, assisted living, First Nations Health Authority, community health and community social services. Barb has been a strong advocate for public health care through her work in the labour movement, collaborating with community allies like the BCHC and others in her community and nation wide. She and her husband have two grown and independent daughters, and their ‘empty nest’ is in Kamloops which has been home for the last twenty years.
Zarghoona Wakil is the community co-chair for the BCHC and sits on the steering committee for MOSAIC. She is an International Medical Doctor, and has a Master of Public Health from Simon Fraser University. She has experience in healthcare and in the settlement field in BC. Having worked with MOSAIC in various capacities, she currently oversees a large cluster of specialized programs that serve diverse communities and includes various violence prevention programs, specialized settlement and youth services, health promotion programs, and MOSAIC Seniors’ Club. Zarghoona has represented MOSAIC at national conferences and is involved in several local and national partnerships including BC Health Coalition, Primary Care Network, PREV Net, Surrey Local Immigration Partnership, and Surrey Organizing Against Racism and Hate. She has been on the board of directors of Umbrella Multicultural Health Coop and is a Committee Member for Collingwood Community Health Centre.