RCCbc, JSC launch Rural Global Health Partnerships Initiative – grants available

From 2016: Australian, Canadian and Zimbabwean physicians at a CME session based on UBC Rural CPD’s Hands On Ultrasound Education (HOUSE) program. (Full story behind this photo in #WalkOnTheRuralSide, March 2016 entry.)

The Rural Coordination Centre of BC (RCCbc) and the Joint Standing Committee on Rural Issues (JSC) are pleased to announce The Rural Global Health Partnership Initiative (RGHPI), a new program providing funding to support partnerships between rural BC physicians or medical trainees committed to rural service, and lower resource communities in BC, Canada, and in developing countries.

The goals of this initiative are to enhance capacity for generalism in rural BC; to foster reciprocal learning in diverse health systems and community contexts; and to demonstrate how global health (local and international) community partnerships can heighten awareness, create innovative solutions to address healthcare challenges, and lead to improved health outcomes, especially for underserved, marginalized, and indigenous populations.

BC physicians and medical trainees with experience, connections and/or a demonstrated interest in rural medicine and global health are invited to apply for this funding (up to $5,000 or $10,000). All projects must demonstrate a commitment to ethical partnership and aligned goals among all participants and participating communities. Successful projects must be based on the following principles:

  1. The project will significantly contribute to the enhancement of generalism and strengthening local capacity in health services of low resource and/or underserved rural communities.
  2. The project will result in sustainable benefits to partner communities.
  3. The project proposal reflects an evidence-based approach and provides clear rationale, methodology, and objectives consistent with the goals of the Rural Global Health Partnership Initiative.
  4. Expected project outcomes are well-defined and achievable.
  5. The proposed budget is reasonable and in line with the objectives of the project.
  6. Partner communities and organizations have been significantly involved in the development of the project goals, expected outcomes, methodology, and evaluation process.



To apply for the Rural Global Health Partnership Initiative, visit the web page on the RCCbc’s web site, and follow the instructions for submitting a complete application package. Please note that only complete applications including all supporting documents will be reviewed. The application deadline is May 31, 2018.

For more information about the Rural Global Health Partnership Initiative contact Adrienne Peltonen at apeltonen@rccbc.ca. You may also find helpful information for developing your application on this list of resources.