Rural healthcare in BC

Rural Healthcare in BC — where are we & where are we going?

Rural healthcare — access to excellent medical care on a timely basis — is a challenging issue for many rural British Columbians. The BC Rural Centre invited Dr. David Snadden, Doctors of BC’s UBC Chair in Rural Health, to lead a conversation on issues and innovations on British Columbia’s rural healthcare front. From a BC Continue reading


Health education is important

Health Education, Rural Needs — Dr. Christie Newton

Health education can play an important role in helping interest students in pursuing a career in some form of rural medicine Dr. Christie Newton is uniquely positioned to speak to this issue. Dr. Newton is an Association Professor and Director, Continuing Professional Development and Community Engagement, in UBC’s Faculty of Medicine’s Dept. of Family Practice. Continue reading


Rural Health Initiatives in BC

Introduction   Providing adequate — let alone excellent — health care in rural and remote BC communities, regions, and First Nations presents a set of unique challenges, including vast distances, lack of transportation infrastructure, staffing difficulties, scattered populations, poor or no bandwidth, and a range of socio-economic conditions that impact on health and well-being. In Continue reading


Leslie Carty of the RCCbc

Leslie Carty Discusses RCCbc

Leslie Carty, Executive Manager of the Rural Coordination Centre of BC (RCCbc), discusses the organization, its mandate to improve rural health care in British Columbia, and some of its initiatives in this conversation, recorded at a RCCbc-sponsored rural health partners’ retreat in Vancouver, January 29, 2019.     For more on rural health, visit our Continue reading


Leslie Carty of the RCCbc

Leslie Carty on the Rural Coordination Centre of BC

Leslie Carty, Executive Manager of the Rural Coordination Centre of BC (RCCbc), discusses the organization, its mandate to improve rural health care in British Columbia, and some of its initiatives in this conversation, recorded at a RCCbc-sponsored rural health partners’ retreat in Vancouver, January 29, 2019.     For more on rural health, visit our Continue reading


Dr. Ray Markham

Dr. Ray Markham — a Conversation

Dr. Ray Markham is a Valemount, BC-based doctor, and the Executive Director of the Rural Coordination Centre of BC (RCCbc). The RCCbc is focused on improving rural health education in British Columbia, and generally working to advocate for rural health in the province. This conversation with Dr. Markham was recorded on January 29, 2019, in Continue reading


Gabriola Island Health Centre

Gabriola Islanders Make a Healthy Choice!

  The community of Gabriola Island was selected for the Rural Coordination Centre of BC’s 2018 BC Rural Community Award at the BC Rural Health Conference in Nanaimo, BC, on May 12, 2018. The community was honoured for its innovation and resiliency in recovering from a healthcare crisis in 2006, when one of the island’s Continue reading


Rural Coordination Centre

Rural Coordination Centre Tackles Rural Health Issues

Health care is a complicated business at the best of times. Effective, appropriate health care delivery in rural and remote places can be particularly challenging. Scattered populations, vast distances, sketchy infrastructure, and often unique socio-economic circumstances all contribute to making adequate health care for rural and First Nations citizens complicated. In rural British Columbia, the Continue reading


Garbriola Island has a health centre

Gabriola Island DIY Health Centre

Gabriola Island (pop. 4,000) is a remote community just off of Nanaimo, British Columbia. After years of patch-work health care, community members determined the need for reliable medical care that wouldn’t require helicopters or ferries to transport patients off the island to doctors situated in larger metropolitan centres. They banded together to build a state-of-the-art Continue reading