Rural Research

Newly Published Research & Calls for Research Participants

Chapter Series Examines Adaptation Strategies for Rural Communities & Health Services in Face of Climate Change

With record-breaking heat waves scorching most of British Columbia, and one of the most highly active and destructive wildfire seasons on record, climate change is on most rural people’s minds these days. To identify research gaps around climate change, mitigation, and adaptation—and identify opportunities for research to contribute to adaptation strategies for rural communities and health services—the Rural Health Services Research Network of BC, funded by the Rural Coordination Centre of BC, and the Centre for Rural Health Research have published a chapter series, now available in the University of British Columbia Library’s Open Collections.

“Climate-induced health effects include higher incidences of infectious and vector-borne diseases, increased food and water insecurity, heat- and cold-related morbidity and mortality, increased respiratory illnesses and climate-related psychological distress,” warn the writers, Diane Kim, Sila Rogan, Urvee Karve, Evonne Tran, Arlin Cherian, and Dr. Stefan Grzybowski. “A multitude of institutional, community, and individual-level strategies have been developed to try and prevent and mitigate these unintended effects. Ultimately humankind will need to adapt to these new circumstances.”

Call for Research Participants

Rural Research Participants Sought for UBC-O Study on Mental Health, Climate Change & COVID-19

People 15 years of age and older who live, work, or go to school in, or around, a rural region of British Columbia are invited to participate in a new study, called “Mental Health, Climate Change Events and COVID-19”, being led by Dr. Nelly Oelke, Associate Professor, School of Nursing, University of British Columbia (UBC)–Okanagan. The study is examining the impacts of climate change events (such as wildfires, flooding, and smoke) and COVID-19 on participants’ mental health. In addition to answering questions about themselves and their experiences, participants will be invited to submit items, such as photos, drawings, stories, poems, and collages, that capture or reflect their experiences. For more information, or to participate, visit the study’s website.

People 19 years of age and older, who live in a BC communities are asked to participate in a 20-minute online survey. This study called “BC Communities’ Technology Use during COVID-19 Pandemic” is being conducted by researchers from University of British Columbia (UBC).  Your participation will help determine the impact of COVID-19 on technology use in BC Communities. Those who complete they survey will have a chance to win one of five $100, one of three $200 or a $400 cash prize. The survey is collecting responses until August 5, 2021. For more information, or to participate in the survey, visit the study’s website.