Areas of work:

RCCbc has a core team of dedicated rural health professionals, advancing work in six areas of interest:

1. Specific Populations

  • identifying the needs of specific populations (e.g. aboriginal, mental health, emergency services, and geriatric services)
  • communicating and promoting best practices among rural practitioners serving these populations

2. Communications

  • promoting ongoing discussion and networking of rural health care professionals on education and practice
  • maintaining and developing lines of communication between all rural health stakeholders
  • investigating and recommending solutions for vulnerable communities, when requested

3. Rural Health Services Research, Evaluation and Quality Improvement

  • advancing an understanding of the benefits of rural training and research
  • integrating rural health service outcomes into health policy
  • evaluating strategies being implemented by RCCbc and REAP

4. Recruitment and Retention

  • working collaboratively to develop proposals contributing to the adequate supply of health professionals for rural BC.
  • supporting and developing strategies for recruitment and retention of health care workers
  • developing strategies to mentor physicians through all phases of training and practice

5.  Education and Training

  • promoting “closer to home” Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for rural health professionals
  • facilitating province-wide collaborations to support rural practitioners both professionally and personally
  • hosting an annual rural conference that includes a rural training component
  • facilitating a deeper understanding of rural health care issues through learning in rural communities

6. Models of Health Service Delivery

  • developing models of interprofessional education and collaborative practice that will ensure BC has the best supported rural health practitioners in Canada