The First Nations Health Authority launches new services to improve access to culturally safe and trauma-informed primary care

The dual public health emergencies of the pandemic and BC’s overdose crisis have deeply affected First Nations communities. In response, the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) has launched two new services: the First Nations Virtual Doctor of the Day and First Nations Virtual Substance Use and Psychiatry Service. These services … Continue reading

Report from the BC Rural and First Nations Health and Wellness Summit now available

At the June 2020 BC Rural and First Nations Health and Wellness Summit, participants were asked to contribute their thoughts, hopes, and ideas on how we might collectively strengthen rural healthcare in British Columbia.   Those ideas and recommendations for “Collective Actions for Positive Radical Change” are collected and summarized in the report for the summit which … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

Provincial healthcare partners collaborate on vision, actions for rural and provincial primary care networks

  On January 27 – 29, multiple healthcare stakeholders partners – including those bringing perspectives of provincial policymakers, health administrators, health professionals, academics, and citizens and linked sectors (non-profits, and industry) – met to seek out areas of synergy and alignment for primary and community care integration in rural BC. … Continue reading