BC Town Fighting to Recruit Family Doctors

Kootenay community of Creston has its own professional headhunter to find physicians Dr. Nerine Kleinhans came to Creston, B.C., from Saskatchewan. She says the town has had a successful recruiting push, but there are still too few family physicians to go around. (Dan Caverly/CBC News) Whoever said an apple a day keeps the doctor away Continue reading


Rural-Urban Inequities in Palliative Care

Many rural communities have few or no palliative care beds. And as financial burdens increase, some health authorities are agreeing to staff new beds only if the local community pays for the design and building costs of new palliative care facilities. When built, residential hospice palliative care programs have often been at least 50% funded Continue reading


Keeping Doctors in Communities — a Success Story in BC’s North

Train your doctors locally, give them lots of community support, and more often than not, they’ll stay – that seems to be a successful formula for attracting and keeping physicians in rural areas, according to the head of a program doing just that in Northern BC. Back in 2000, thousands of residents rallied in Prince Continue reading


CDC Report on Rural Communities & Covid

While there are many distinct differences between the circumstances of rural Canadians and Americans, this overview from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention contains some useful information for rural British Columbians.   About 46 million Americans live in rural areas, which face distinctive challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic. Long-standing systemic health and social Continue reading


2020 year in review

BC Rural Health Hub Pilot Is a Go

If Covid has taught us anything, it’s that we’re all in this together. And that what we know — and think we know — matters. This places a tremendous importance on communications. Not simply top-down, with information flowing from leaders and decision makers to citizens, but the other way ’round as well. This is called civic Continue reading


Site Visits Project

How can rural community-engaged health services planning affect sustainable health care system changes?

How can rural community-engaged health services planning affect sustainable health care system changes?  That’s the question posed in a “pre-print” process description and qualitative analysis of data from the Rural Coordination Centre of British Columbia’s Rural Site Visits Project (SV Project), authored by C. Stuart Johnston, Rural Co-ordination Centre of BC (RCCBC), RCCBC’s Erika Belanger Continue reading


community paramedics

Community Paramedicine in rural BC, what it is & why it happened — interviews with Nancy Kotani & Amy Poll

BC’s Community Paramedicine Program, the first of its kind in Canada, provides rural residents with access to information and care previously lacking in many small, remote communities. Nancy Kotani, former Chief Transformation Officer for British Columbia Emergency Health Services, led the development and implementation of BC’s Community Paramedic project, the first province-wide initiative of its Continue reading


Mt. Waddington Health Network

Healthy People, Healthy Communities — Mount Waddington Health Network

More than ever, rural/remote communities and First Nations across BC are grappling with serious health & wellness challenges. That is certainly the case in the sparsely populated Regional District of Mt Waddington. Through a series of conversations during the Island Health strategic planning consultation process in 2005, and a subsequent community and multi-stakeholder dialogue the year after, a community-driven mechanism and Continue reading