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 … Continue reading

“Stitching Together” through the Pandemic: Community of Rossland Provides #Masks4All Citizens

As COVID-19 started knocking on BC’s door last Spring, the rural community of Rossland banded together to keep it out. Residents started #Masks4All Rossland, a grassroots campaign to promote mask wearing to protect one another—and to provide residents, particularly vulnerable seniors, with cloth masks. The campaign truly took a village. Spearheaded … Continue reading

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

Student-led RISE program helps reduce patient isolation, loneliness

When the COVID-19 arrived in Canada, undergraduate learners whose classes were disrupted mobilized quickly to help healthcare providers and public health offices with childcare, contact tracing, and other important supports. Jasmine Waslowski and Mary Freymond, co-chairs of the Student Committee of the Society of Rural Physicians of Canada (SRPC) at the time, asked rural physician members of the SRPC how medical students could provide support to rural Canada during … Continue reading

Collaboration in action: RTVS rapidly deployed during Covid-19 pandemic

“The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men / Gang aft a-gley.”  – Robert Burns  The month of April was extraordinarily busy for many BC rural health organizations. After securing and distributing Zoom healthcare grade videoconference licenses for rural physicians and nurse practitioners in rural BC communities for the next year, RCCbc and our collaborative partners – the Joint Standing Committee on … Continue reading