BC Rural & First Nations Health & Wellness Summit

Add your voice to improve rural healthcare!   Collaboration can be a powerful tool for change. In January 2019, provincial healthcare partners met to explore how to work together to improve and transform rural healthcare in BC. Since that time, several innovations were developed to improve healthcare services in rural communities and First Nations. The Continue reading


No plan to reopen B.C. schools yet, says education minister

This report was posted by CBC News on Apr 28, 2020 An empty classroom at Magee Secondary School in Vancouver. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press)   Although some jurisdictions have announced plans to reopen schools, B.C. isn’t ready to join them just yet, according to the education minister. In a teleconference Tuesday, Rob Fleming said the province is Continue reading


New Medical Transport & Virtual Care Resources Announced for BC Remote, Rural, and First Nations Citizens

  The B.C. provincial government has announced new and expanded resources to service rural, remote and Indigenous communities battling COVID-19 across the province. In an announcement on Monday, Premier John Horgan and Indigenous Relations Minister Scott Fraser announced an expanded medical transportation fleet to service remote and Indigenous communities. This framework includes the addition of Continue reading


BC COVID-19 Update, April 20, 2020

COVID-19 BC CASE SUMMARY As of the latest numbers on April 18: • Total confirmed cases in B.C.: 1,647 • New cases since April 17, 2020: 29 • Hospitalized cases: 115 • Intensive care: 54 • Deaths: 81 • Recovered: 987 • Long-term care and assisted-living homes currently affected: 20 • Individuals tested as of Continue reading


COVID-19 Updates for BC, April 17, 2020

  Trudeau announces aid for struggling energy sector, including $1.7B to clean up orphan wells Most in B.C. think they’re great at physical distancing but critical of others, survey suggests B.C. preparing to ease some COVID-19 restrictions next month B.C.’s virus rate slowing, is ‘well below’ projections based on other outbreaks         Continue reading


COVID-19 Info For Rural, Remote & First Nations British Columbians

Helpful Information Government of Canada’s COVID-19 updates Government of Canada’s COVID-19 responses Public Health Agency of Canada’s COVID -19 information BC’s Pandemic Provincial Coordination Plan BC Centre for Disease Control COVID-19 information BC Parks are closed (and here is a podcast of BC Environment Minister George Heyman explaining why) BC recreation site & trail closures Continue reading


BC Premier to Deliver COVID-19 Address Today

  VICTORIA — British Columbia Premier John Horgan is expected to give an update Wednesday on the province’s response to the novel coronavirus pandemic.   The premier’s statements will be carried live beginning at 1:15 p.m. on this page.   Horgan will be speaking from the B.C. legislature in Victoria and answering media questions via Continue reading


Rural hospice and palliative care is important

Rural Hospice and Palliative Care Models and Innovations

This report features three rural hospice and palliative care model programs and successful rural projects in the U.S. that can serve as a source of ideas, and provide lessons others have learned for practitioners and rural community-based organizations in British Columbia, and elsewhere in rural Canada.   Project ENABLE (Educate, Nurture, Advise, Before Life Ends) Continue reading


Telemedicine can provide rural patients access to palliative care in their homes

Telemedicine Connects Rural Patients Nearing the End of Life

Palliative care is one of many areas of pressing rural need. In this PBS video, we’re introduced to a video conferencing approach being tested in rural northern California that holds significant promise for providing ongoing care for patients who choose to face serious medical and emotional issues as they approach end of life.     Continue reading