The 2019–2024 Strategic Plan was informed by an extensive, mixed methods, stakeholder consultation, which took place from April 2018 to January 2019. The consultation engaged WHRI staff and Members, Patient and Community Partners, as well as key women’s health research stakeholders in BC, such as, academic, funding, and health authority partners. The process was comprised of focus groups, planning sessions, individual interviews, and a full day facilitated discussion. The process was facilitated by Sam Bradd and the Drawing Change team with Yolanda Liman as the Graphic Illustrator. The outcomes were synthesized and presented to the WHRI scientific advisory group, who, further identified priority actions with the core WHRI executive. Writing was assisted by Karen Gelb and Sarah Robins. The inclusive and transparent approach to developing our strategic plan reflects our commitment to be an institute shaped by the needs and vision of its members and community and our innate desire to effectively meet their needs.
In addition to the four priorities outlined in our plan, we have developed three new strategic frameworks to guide our work in the areas of: (1) partnership engagement; (2) patient engagement; and (3) knowledge translation, over the next five years. Our final strategic framework on trainees and mentorship is forthcoming.