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

Final summary report from Provincial Health Care Partners’ Planning Retreat now available

  This past January 27-29, a Provincial Health Care Partners’ Planning Retreat was collaboratively planned by BC’s Joint Collaborative Committees (JCCs), the General Practice Services Committee (GPSC), the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA), and the Rural Coordination Centre of BC (RCCbc). Using an appreciative inquiry (AI) approach within the health … 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

Community paramedicine expands in BC

Submitted by BC Emergency Health Services Community Paramedicine Initiative In late April, Health Minister Terry Lake announced the initial 73 rural and remote communities that will welcome community paramedicine, a program offering BC residents enhanced health services and paramedics more opportunities to provide patient care. Under this program, paramedics will … Continue reading

UBC’s Department of Emergency Medicine – supporting rural GPs through education and practice

Residents learn about airway management at the 2012 SRPC Rural and Remote Medical Course Dr. Jim Christenson, Head of UBC’s Department of Emergency Medicine (DEM) and a long-time emergency physician, is fully aware of the challenges facing rural family physicians working in community emergency departments (EDs). “I think that rural … Continue reading