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Countdown to BC Rural Health Conference: Final Days to Save on Registration! 

Your chance to engage and connect with rural colleagues from across British Columbia is fast approaching! Join the Rural Coordination Centre of BC for its BC Rural Health Conference on May 29 and 30, 2021. This annual event—being held virtually this year—is the event for rural physicians, nurses and nurse practitioners, allied health professionals, residents, and medical students in British Columbia. Click on the video below to discover all that the event offers! To save a bit of money on your registration fee, sign up by May 3. And hot tip… our small-group workshops (PICC Like a Pro, Rural Airway Management, Racism’s Impact in Healthcare, and Basic Suturing) are just about full, so don’t delay—register today! Join the conversation on social media using #RHC2021. See the full conference program here. 

This Month in Our Rural Health Innovation Station: The Story of Hope

Rural communities are unique, but often face similar health and social inequities that lead to poorer health outcomes.To address these gaps, many communities develop grassroots “innovations”—models, programs, initiatives, approaches and work-arounds—to improve citizens’ health and wellbeing. RCCbc’s Rural Site Visits team is curating these innovations on our Rural Health Innovations website. And “Rural Health Innovation Station is our chance to tell you about one of these innovations to inspire you—and maybe even spark action, ideas and collaborations of your own. This month, read the “Story of Hope to find out how a simple cup of coffee led to a major community-led initiative. If you have a rural health innovation to share on our website, or would like help finding one, email our Innovations Concierge, Tracey DeLeeuw. 

District of Hope

The Story of Hope
Rural communities know what they need to improve citizens’ health and wellbeing.  

Nowhere is this more evident than in Hope and the greater Fraser Canyon area where, a few years ago, members of the community identified the most pressing challenges being faced by citizens.  

“When you live in a rural area, you’re more likely to die of a car accident because of the geography, and when you live in this rural area, you’re likely to be on the lower socio-economic scale,” explains Dr. Josh Greggain, Site Medical Director, Fraser Canyon Hospital. “You therefore have some health habits, like smoking, alcohol intake or higher propensity for mental illness.” 

With these challenges in mind, the community approached Fraser Health to see what could be done. Over a cup of coffee with the health authority’s President and Chief Executive Officer at the time, the group told him what they knew. Shortly after, new research was released, which backed up their assertions. Find out what happened when the community approached Fraser Health’s President and CEO.

Real-Time Virtual Support Program Featured at Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians National Grand Rounds

“Virtual providers” with the Real-Time Virtual Support pathways provide free and friendly advice to physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, and midwives in rural, remote and First Nations communities across British Columbia (BC). Since their launch in response to the COVID-19 pandemic last year, RTVS pathways are fast replacing old barriers in peer-to-peer consultations with a new and improved “call-a-friend” culture.

Not only do RTVS virtual providers understand rural practice and cultural contexts; they offer dedicated, friendly, compassionate, non-judgmental, and culturally safe advice to all rural providers who call their pathways for urgent or non-urgent cases. It’s no surprise, then, that initial evaluation of the RTVS program is showing improved rural provider experiences and patient-centered care. Read on to discover the national audience’s response to the RTVS team’s presentation!

Meet the RCCbc Team in Our Spotlight Series

Here at the Rural Coordination Centre of BC (RCCbc), we’re lucky to work with scads of talented, dedicated and diverse people who are passionate about improving the health of rural people and communities. To introduce our intrepid teammates, we recently launched a new series, “Team Spotlight”, where they explain what they do at RCCbc, why they do it, and what hobbies and interests inspire and energize them.

This week, meet Ashley Medwid, who dishes on her preferred mode of transport to, one day, cruise the West Coast, and Danielle Richey, who tells us what motivated her to join RCCbc.

What’s New in Rural Health Research  

  • Dr. Ilona Hale, Dr. Stefan Grzybowski, and Zoe Ramdin (PEng) have published a new article, “What makes a healthy rural community?”, in the Canadian Journal of Rural Medicine. 

Have you published, or come across, an informative piece of research on rural health? Send it to us at info@rccbc.ca so we can share it with other rural providers in the RCCbc network. 


18th Annual Pediatric Emergency Medicine Update Virtual Conference

The Division of Emergency Medicine at BC Children’s Hospital and UBC Continuing Professional Development invite you to attend the 18th Annual Pediatric Emergency Medicine Update for Pediatricians and Emergency Physicians on Friday, May 14, 2021. This virtual event, created for pediatricians, emergency physicians, family physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, allied health professionals, residents and students, will highlight the latest trends in the practice of pediatric emergency medicine in urban and rural settings. The event is eligible for up to 7.50 Mainpro+/MOC Section 1 credits. For more information, visit the event webpage.

TEC Vancouver 2021 Technologies in Emergency Care

Innovations in Emergency Medicine: From COVID to Sustainability








Join UBC Continuing Professional Development on May 15, 2021, for its new virtual conference to celebrate the unexpected innovations born out of necessity from the COVID-19 pandemic. The event will inspire you by sharing experiences that have improved patient care across the continuum. The COVID-19 pandemic presents a powerful lens to look at the health system and services in fresh ways, resulting in innovations that transform individual care and health system service delivery. Click here for information more and to register—and be sure to bring your own inspirations to share! The conference is eligible for 3.25 Mainpro+ and 3.25 MOC Section 1 credits.  For more information and registration, visit UBC CPD’s website.


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