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Countdown to BC Rural Health Conference: Final Weeks till Registration Closes! 

If you’ve been holding off on signing up for RCCbc’s 2022 BC Rural Health Conference on May 13-15 in sunny Penticton, act fast! Online registration closes on May 8. This annual event—being held in person for the first time since 2019—is the event to connect with other rural doctors, residents, and medical students from across British Columbia. If you can’t attend in person, but wish to watch recordings of the sessions, sign up for the ‘recordings only’ registration option. Check out the conference program here. We look forward to welcoming you. Don’t miss ouut! Register now for RHC 2022.

Peace of Mind for Healthcare Workers Helping Children

Pediatricians on the CHARLiE pathway help rural providers give children in rural communities more equitable access to care. Learn how Hazelton and Port Alberni providers recognize RTVS as an important resource.

Meet Dr. Virginia Robinson & Antoinette Picone in Our Team Spotlight Series

In this month’s ‘Team Spotlight’ series, we introduce you to Dr. Virginia Robinson, who shares her proudest moment with RCCbc, and Antoinette Picone, who tells us the next item on her bucket list!



Research & Practice

Share Your Thoughts on Personal Health Records in BC
The Rural Personal Health Record (PHR) is a holistic and integrated electronic health system that allows people and those who support them to access and control their information so they can better manage their health and wellness. RCCbc and our partners are advocating for the development and implementation of a rural PHR across British Columbia.

Do you have some thoughts on PHRs in British Columbia? Please join our Thought Exchange and make your voice heard. Feel free to share your input, return to add more thoughts, star newly submitted thoughts, and/or review what others are saying.

Connecting the Dots Between COVID-19 & Rural Mental Health & Substance Use
Did you miss the March webinar about the impact of COVID-19 on rural and remote mental health and substance use from the University of British Columbia (Okanagan), Mental Health Commission of Canada, and RCCbc? You can now watch the recording here. The webinar built upon an October 2021 policy brief in which analysis and recommendations were brought to life through a case study from Princeton, BC.

Upcoming Events

Don’t Miss the JCC Pre-Forum!

The Joint Collaborative Committees Pre-Forum event will be held on May 31 as part of the BC Patient Safety and Quality Council’s Quality Forum. Go along for the opportunity to network and connect and learn from colleagues and health care partners at the annual pre-forum event. Keynote speakers include Dr. Bonnie Henry and Dr. Brynn Winegard. And rural health topics include:

  • Sustaining quality care through rural health networks: Innovations in BC
  • Isolated Medical Provider Aftercare Team (IMPACT): A proactive peer support program for rural health care providers
  • Real-Time Virtual Support: Digitally enhanced collaborative care in rural BC
  • Rural Personal Health Records Project: A community affair and much more!

View the program agenda and register here.

SPRUCe: Pain & Irritability of Unknown Origin

Sustaining Pediatrics in Rural and Underserved Communities (SPRUCe) is a network to connect community pediatric providers, family physicians, residents, and nurse practitioners who have an interest in supporting and sustaining excellence in pediatric care in rural and remote communities across British Columbia.

The next SPRUCe CME accredited event is on Tuesday, May 17, from 7:30-9 pm PDT, with Dr. Hal Siden, Medical Director for Canuck Place Children’s Hospice and Division Head Palliative Medicine at BC Children’s Hospital. This session will focus on pain and irritability in children with neurological differences, review a current study of a clinical pathway to address the problem, and discuss the n-of-1 study methodology and gabapentin. Click here to register.

Rural Rounds: Climate Change as a Health Care Crisis

Rurally-based healthcare providers are invited to register now for the next session of Rural Rounds on Thursday, May 26, from 8–9 am PDT.  This event will feature Dr. Kyle Merritt and Dr. Gordon Horner. Register for the next session here.



Current Rural Healthcare Opportunities

RCCbc is passionate about improving the health of rural people and communities in British Columbia. If you’re looking for a new way to help create rural health equity in our province, have a look at these job opportunities, which are particularly relevant for rural healthcare champions, like you!

  • Project Coordinator



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