MSSU Patient/Public Partner Orientation Guide

MSSU Patient/Public Partner Orientation Guide


  1. Introduction
  2. Contacts
  3. Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR)
  4. Our Research
  5. Patient Engagement: What do Patient/Public Partners do?
  6. Resources

 Welcome to the Maritime SPOR SUPPORT Unit: Orientation Guide for Patient/Public Partners

We are thrilled to welcome you to our team! Thank you for choosing to join the Maritime SPOR SUPPORT Unit (MSSU) as a Patient/Public Partner.

Your expertise through your lived experience will be a valuable addition in our mission to improve the health of Maritimers through patient-oriented research. We appreciate your willingness to share your ideas with us and any part of your journey you may feel comfortable with sharing.

Sharing your voice can be a vulnerable experience, and we are committed to creating a safe and comfortable environment for all, with opportunities for growth and development to support you along the way.

We strive to create a sense of belonging and empowerment within our organization. We listen and engage with our diverse communities and know that having different perspectives inspires better ideas. When patients, researchers, and health care professionals work together, that’s when we are truly able to make a difference in patients’ lives.

We are happy to offer our support throughout your role as a MSSU Patient/Public Partner. If you need anything, feel free to contact our Patient Engagement Coordinator.


Patient Engagement Coordinator:

Patient Engagement Science Lead: Dr. Robin Urquhart, Dalhousie University

Patient/Public Partner Council Co-Chairs: Trudy Flynn, Dr. Robin Urquhart

Our Community

We have more than 50 staff working at five locations and are governed by committees that include representatives from government, health authorities, the research community, and patients and caregivers. We actively engage with our broader community including trainees and more than 150 MSSU Scientists.

Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research

Our Research

What do Patient/Public Partners do?


MSSU Patient/Public Partner Orientation Guide