The RHSRNbc Advisory Committee is comprised of University Site Leaders, all of whom have extensive experience in rural health services research. Their knowledge and expertise continue to guide RHSRNbc’s activities and events. Currently, the Advisory Committee has representation from the University of British Columbia (UBC), UBC’s Okanagan Campus (UBCO), the University of Northern BC (UNBC), Simon Fraser University (SFU), Selkirk College, Thompson Rivers University (TRU), the University of Victoria (UVic) and Vancouver Island University (VIU).
Dr. Barbara Buckley, PhD
Assistant Professor, Thompson Rivers University
Barbara Jean is a nurse educator and health researcher with an interest in ethics. Currently she is an Assistant Professor at the Thompson Rivers University (TRU) School of Nursing. Barbara Jean’s research and publication focus is on the moral climate of health care delivery and ethical policy making with a particular interest in the health impact on marginalized populations due to increasing health care inequities in rural and remote Canada. She is engaged in a program of research that is aimed at improving the moral climate of rural health care delivery and toward more socially just, equitable, and ethical health care policy development.
Dr. Ruth Lavergne, PhD
Assistant Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University
Ruth seeks to generate evidence that can help inform health policy, and ultimately support better outcomes for patients, greater equity within populations, and more efficient use of society’s resources. Ruth leads a team examining primary care reform in British Columbia, and is involved in cross-provincial comparison of primary care policies. Other research interests include regional variation in health services delivery, rural health, palliative care, and health human resources. Ruth has methodological expertise in quasi-experimental research design and use of administrative data in health research.
Dr. Jonathan Vanderhoek, PhD
Chair of the RPM Admissions Committee; Instructor, Philosophy, Selkirk College
Dr. Jonathan Vanderhoek joined Selkirk College in 2016 to work at a teaching-focused institution while living in a community that prioritizes quality of life. Before moving to the Kootenays, he was at large in Texas completing a Ph.D. and serving as a Clinical Ethics Fellow in various hospitals. His primary academic interests include questions in Biomedical Ethics (e.g., how should we in medicine “treat” the dying process?), Moral Psychology (e.g., what is the role of empathy in making moral judgments?), and Existentialism (e.g., how are we responsible for shaping who we become?).
Dr. Neil Hanlon, PhD
Chair & Associate Professor, Department of Geography, University of Northern B.C.
Dr. Hanlon is Chair of the Geography program at UNBC and an Associate Professor. His research interests are in the field of health geography, focusing primarily on formal and informal health service provision in rural and remote locations. He is presently involved in a number of research projects looking at various ways in which processes of health care delivery and place-making interact. These projects include: a longitudinal study of the role of networks and partnerships in bringing about local primary health care transformation and integration; ongoing study which investigates the impacts of distributed medical education programs for recruitment and retention of health professionals in both host and target communities; and an exploratory study of the transformative role of voluntarism and the voluntary sector in aging resource-based communities.
Dr. Colleen Price, PhD
Professor, Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program, Vancouver Island University
Dr. Colleen Price is a professor in the Bachelor of Nursing Program at the Vancouver Island University. Her primary research interests include mental health and substance misuse, community health nursing and community development, Indigenous health and research.
Dr. Patricia MacKenzie, PhD
Associate Professor, School of Social Work, University of Victoria
Dr. Patricia MacKenzie joined the University of Victoria (UVic) as an Associate Professor for the School of Social Work in July 1999. Patricia teaches in both the undergraduate and graduate programs at the School of Social Work and is a research affiliate at the Centre on Aging. She is currently serving as the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies. Prior to working at UVic, Dr. MacKenzie spent 11 years as an Associate Professor and Director of the Saskatoon Community Education Center at the University of Regina. Dr. MacKenzie holds an MSW from UBC and a Ph.D. from the University of Edinburgh. Her primary research interests include health care, aging, interdisciplinary practice and rural communities.
Dr. Nelly D.Oelke
Associate Professor, The University of British Columbia Okanagan
Dr. Nelly D.Oelke research focus is on integrated health services, with a specific emphasis on primary health care. Integrated health systems are an important component of health care desired by policy-makers, decision-makers, providers and patients. Integration has been the topic of health care reform locally, provincially, nationally and internationally. Better understanding how health services and systems can be integrated and then being able to measure integration are important areas for research. Given the demographics of our population (e.g., aging, chronic disease, diversity) and significant health human resource issues new approaches to health service delivery are required to ensure integration, quality of care and sustainability. More research is needed in the redesign of primary care and primary healthcare models, testing these models, and measuring outcomes. Dr. Oelke also has a strong collaborative partnership with researchers at the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul in Porto Alegre, Brazil.