Rural physicians address local community healthcare needs through RCCbc/JSC research grants


News links submitted by Drs. Paul Dhillon and Onuora Odoh

In 2018, Drs. Paul Dhillon and Onuora Odoh launched rural research health promotion projects to, respectively, raise awareness about organ donation among adults, and improve oral health education among elementary aged school children. Both of these research projects were funded by Rural Physician Research Support Project grants which are provided by the Joint Standing Committee on Rural Issues (JSC) and supported administratively by the Rural Coordination Centre of BC (RCCbc).

Short summaries of Drs. Dhillon and Odoh’s projects are listed below.

If you are a rural physician interested in conducting research in your community, we invite you to apply for a Rural Physician Research Support Project grant. Deadline for the next intake of applications is April 30, 2019. Download the criteria and/or application forms now  or contact Adrienne Peltonen for further details.

Dr Odoh’s Oral Health Education Project in Houston, BC:

Those parents and guardians that their children are in Kindergarten — Grade 7 in Silverthorne and Twain Sullivan Elementary schools would have noticed that their children returned home with some dental supplies last week. Some of these school children may have shared with their parents/guardians the intelligent, simple, practical and fun experience they had in their oral health education classes on those dates. This is part of the new Oral Health Education Program for school children in Houston.

For some obvious reasons, poor oral health is a huge concern in rural communities, particularly in children, and is known to be associated with significant medical and psycho-social problems which can impair proper growth and development of these children. This new program is aimed to provide oral health education to these high risk pediatric age group using standardized, approved and age-appropriate dental tools and resources and in their school environment.

Read the full article here:

Information display on organ donation in a waiting room of a Sunshine Coast medical clinic Photo: Paul Dhillon

Dr Dhillon’s organ donation awareness project along the Sunshine Coast, BC

Patients visiting any of the six clinics on the lower Sunshine Coast will have noticed something similar at the front desks of each clinic over the past week as the #waitingroomchallenge has been rolled out.

“After a successful trial at the Cowrie Street Clinic in September and October last year we thought it was time to expand this project across the entire coast,” said Dr. Paul Dhillon. As a local GP, Dr. Dhillon had the idea to use the waiting rooms in his clinic as an opportune place to educate people about registering as organ donors after hearing a talk from Mike Gojevic, a lung transplant recipient, at the local Sunshine Coast – Sechelt Rotary Club meeting.

“It was incredible to really sit back and hear Mike’s story about how his life changed and continued on after his transplant”, Dr. Dhillon said. “I checked my own registration status after he mentioned that the old driver’s licence stickers were not valid anymore and there is an organization dedicated to transplant in BC. As a physician in the community I get to hear bits and pieces of patient stories but it was so moving to hear his story in depth. By chance I saw him in the clinic later and started talking about the idea and it’s grown into this great little challenge.”

Read the full story here and here.