Join the POSSE Patient and Family Advisory Council Today!

June 10, 2019

June 10, 2019

The Pennsylvania Opioid Surgical Stewardship Enterprise (POSSE) is a two-year program funded by AmerisourceBergen Foundation aimed at preventing chronic opioid use among patients who have had surgery. HCIF is currently seeking patients and family members to serve on our POSSE Patient and Family Advisory Council (PFAC). The POSSE PFAC is an opportunity to provide feedback on education materials related to opioid use and pain management after surgery. Ideal PFAC members have one or more of the following qualities:

  • Experience as a surgical patient or family member of a surgical patient at a Pennsylvania hospital in the past five years
  • Sensitivity to issues related to substance use disorders
  • Ability to participate in trainings & meetings (virtually or in-person), and time to independently review patient education materials
  • Ability to listen, respect the perspectives of others, share your own experiences, interact with many different kinds of people, and work collaboratively
  • Passion for improving health care for others

POSSE activities will continue until September 2020. PFAC members will be asked to serve for approximately one year. As a PFAC members, you will be asked to:

  • Participate in three virtual training sessions, lasting one hour each. These sessions will be scheduled for early this summer, and be recorded and available for you to watch later if you can’t make it. Click here for more information about the POSSE PFAC webinar series.
  • Review patient education materials from participating POSSE hospitals. You will be asked to provide feedback on their look, feel, relevance, and clarity. You will also be asked for suggestions to improve materials.
  • Participate in at least one in-person session. The first in-person session will be scheduled in September 2019. A second in-person session is tentatively planned for March 2020.

In recognition of your time commitment, PFAC members will receive a small stipend for participating. To be considered as a PFAC member, please complete this questionnaire and return it to Susan Cosgrove, Director, Health Literacy, Health Care Improvement Foundation at We hope you’ll consider contributing to this important initiative!

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