Collaborative framework introduced to support Covid-19, critical care response in rural BC

On April 20, the BC government announced practical supports for an evolving collaborative framework that will support people living in BC’s rural, remote, and Indigenous communities in accessing critical healthcare services during the Covid-19 pandemic and beyond into the future. This framework recognizes the unique needs of rural BC by addressing concerns such as transportation, culturally safe care, and accommodation options for people accessing care in other communities. This, as Dr. Daniele Behn-Smith, Aboriginal Health Physician Advisor, Office of the Provincial Health Officer, noted in her address to the province yesterday, is “an excellent step in the right direction.”  

First Nations Health Authority CEO (interim), Richard Jock, Northern Health CEO and President, Cathy Ulrich, and RCCbc Rural Obstetrics and Maternity Sustainability Program Lead, Dr. Jeanette Boyd

This accomplishment could not have happened without your trust in RCCbc to bring your voices and perspectives from the frontlines to the different tables across the province. During our site visits and at our conferences, we have heard you speak passionately and comprehensively about the improvements you wanted to see in your practices and communities. We’ve succeeding in securing these resources because of you, and we thank you for the gift of your honesty and your time. 

This work was also enabled because of the engagement of key stakeholders including among others Providence Health CareProvincial Services Health Authority (PHSA), First Nations Health Authority (FNHA), BC Emergency Health Services, BC Emergency Medicine Network, UBC’s Department of Family Practice and Department of Emergency Medicine, and (the Health Authority) Leadership Council.  

We thank everyone who has come to the table with ideas and innovations to support the health and well-being of their communities. We also thank the Joint Standing Committee on Rural Issues (JSC) whose commitment to and funding for improved rural health services in BC enabled these conversations and collaborations.  

Our RCCbc team looks forward to continuing to work with you in the future as we continue to build upon this success. The work is not over, and partnering on implementation in a way that makes sense still lies ahead of us. We appreciate your thoughts and/or input on what the path forward could look like – feel free to contact us with your ideas and suggestions at info@rccbc.ca