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Rural Research Knowledge Hub

To learn about rural health research, approaching research questions involving the health of rural communities of BC and the various methodologies involved, check out the RHSRNbc Rural Research Knowledge Hub page. We will be posting bi-weekly on various topics related to rural health research.

RHSRNbc 2020 Climate Change Symposium Proceedings

2020

 

About

Evidence from current climate science research suggests that anthropogenic activity will cause drastic changes to our environment, including global warming of over 1.5oC in the next 10-30 years, extreme weather patterns, and rising sea levels—some of these changes have already been observed in British Columbia. These environmental impacts have consequences for human health, with natural hazards disproportionately impacting rural populations. The Rural Health Services Research Network of BC (RHSRNbc), in partnership with the Rural Coordination Centre of BC (RCCbc), is hosting a research symposium on ‘Planning Resilient Communities and Adapting Rural Health Services in British Columbia: Responding to climate change and ecosystem disruption’ on Nov 30th – Dec 1st, 2020. Please see the symposium event page for symposium goals, agenda, registration information and more.

Learning materials and resources

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Recordings

Session 1 Recording: Amplifying youth voices for climate justice

Session 2 Recording: Community voices and system perspectives

Session 3 Recording: Exploring rural health strategies to respond to climate change and ecosystem disruption

Session 4 Recording: Accountability framework and summary of progress

 

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RHSRNbc Climate Change symposium 2020

2020

 

About

Evidence from current climate science research suggests that anthropogenic activity will cause drastic changes to our environment, including global warming of over 1.5oC in the next 10-30 years, extreme weather patterns, and rising sea levels—some of these changes have already been observed in British Columbia. These environmental impacts have consequences for human health, with natural hazards disproportionately impacting rural populations.

The Rural Health Services Research Network of BC (RHSRNbc), in partnership with the Rural Coordination Centre of BC (RCCbc), is hosting a research symposium on ‘Planning Resilient Communities and Adapting Rural Health Services in British Columbia: Responding to climate change and ecosystem disruption’ on Nov 30th – Dec 1st, 2020. Please see the symposium event page for symposium goals, agenda, registration information and more.

Save the date for our upcoming virtual symposium taking place on Zoom on November 30th – Dec 1st, 2020. Register here.

2018

Symposium on Emergency Services, June 2018

 

 

On June 2018, key people from RHSRNbc, RCCbc, and BCEMN were in attendance. The RHSRNbc Advisory Committee and research designate consisting of a representative from each university in British Columbia and a member of their organization were invited to attend. Strategic invites (Health Authorities, MoH, BC Ambulance/ Transport / 911 Dispatch) were also made.

The goal of the symposium was to identify the key gaps in understanding and important research questions that need to be answered to support rural emergency services.

The objectives of the event included:

  1. Generating a high level overview of the existing evidence related to the capacity of smaller rural ERs and the support structures currently in place to sustain these services.
  2. Identifying important gaps in our current understanding.
  3. Generating key questions that need to be answered to better understand how rural emergency services attempt to address the needs of the population they serve.
  4. Examining the interface between the smaller rural ERs and the larger provincial system of emergency care including communication support (synchronous and asynchronous), the integration of care for high acuity patients, and strategies to sustain quality of care (CPD).
  5. Considering the data needed to answer the questions generated.

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2017

Symposium on Mental Health and Substance Use, May 2017

The Rural Health Services Research Network of British Columbia (RHSRNbc) hosted a symposium on sustaining and progressing rural mental health and substance use services in British Columbia. This is the second research symposium hosted by the RHSRNbc, with the prior focused on determining evidence needs of sustaining rural health services for maternity services, small surgical services, emergency transport services and clinical telehealth. This year’s symposium was held on May 18th and 19th, 2017 in Vancouver and was hosted on the unceded, ancestral and traditional territory of the Musqueam Nation.

The two-day symposium explored the main themes of rural mental health services and substance use through the subthemes of rural emergency services, transport, telehealth and program innovations.

A small, strategically selected group of 22 participants attended the symposium, representing BC post-secondary institutions, BC Health Authorities and the Rural Coordination Centre of BC. This included researchers nominated by members of the RHSRNbc Advisory committees, and participants from Island Health Authority, Interior Health Authority, Centre for Rural Health Research, and the Patient Voices Network.

The purpose of the symposium was to bring together researchers from across British Columbia to facilitate a strategic discussion to advance and refine a rural mental health and substance use services agenda through identification of specific research areas that need to be addressed. Through this two-day symposium, the four subthemes were explored by reviewing existing evidence and then identifying gaps in what we know to propose strategic research questions to advance the rural health services research agenda. Included below are a few of the presentations that had taken place on this day.

2015

Symposium on Maternity Care, May 2015

The Rural Health Services Research Network of British Columbia (RHSRNbc) hosted a research symposium focused on determining evidence needs for sustaining rural health services in Vancouver, BC May 6-8, 2015. The political and strategic context for rural health service planning in British Columbia has evolved over the past several years as ‘rural’ has become a strategic priority for the Ministry of Health. This is evidenced most clearly through the provincial policy paper on Rural Health and the focus on sustaining patient-centered and community care ‘as close to home as reasonably possible.’ This larger context creates opportunities to advance rural health planning, and thus the health of rural residents, based on consolidating evidence from BC and internationally.

The symposium agenda was divided into four thematic areas with half-day sessions on maternity services, small surgical services, emergency transport services, and clinical telehealth. A small strategic invite list of 30 participants consisted of Australian colleagues from the University of Sydney’s University Centre for Rural Health, the RHSRNbc Advisory committee, nominated researchers representing post secondary institutions across British Columbia, the Rural Coordination Centre of British Columbia (RCCbc), Perinatal Services of British Columbia (PSBC), the UBC Centre for Rural Health Research (CRHR),
Applied Policy Research Unit (APRU), First Nations Health Authority (FNHA), Interior Health Authority, and students from the University of British Columbia (UBC).

The purpose of the symposium was to bring together researchers from Canada and Australia to facilitate a strategic discussion to advance and refine a rural health services research agenda that would focus on key questions that need to be answered. This was done by addressing four thematic areas to review existing evidence, identify knowledge gaps and propose strategic research questions to advance the rural health services research agenda. These activities where undertaken with recognition of the need to continue to develop rural health research capacity in British Columbia.

 

New Events

For current and upcoming workshops, check them out on the featured organizations sites!

2020

2020 BC Rural Health Research Exchange (BCRHRX)
Date: November 18, 2020 (8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.)
Call for presenters and general registration now open

The inaugural BC Rural Health Research Exchange is a virtual half-day event filled with brief rapid-style presentations designed to inform, engage and share current rural research in British Columbia. This is not your Grandparents’ stodgy academic conference (elbow patches and tweed jackets are optional)! At this event, we want to find out together: “What sort of rural research is happening in BC?”

But wait, it gets better. The 2020 BCRHRX also provides an opportunity to engage patient–, indigenous– and community partners to identify current rural research gaps, collaborate, and co-produce future research directions.

Researchers, clinicians and trainees (students) from across BC will present their ongoing and/or completed rural health research in a concise, visually interesting and rapid presentation style.

For more information, visit: here

 

CLIC Conference 2019

October 27-30, 2019

Vancouver, BC

The CLIC 2019 Conference will be hosted in beautiful Vancouver, Canada. We welcome anyone with stakes in clinical education, be it LIC enthusiasts or first-timers, faculty, staff, or students. As continuity of relationships — with patients, peers, preceptors and/or programmes — underlies the foundation of LICs, we look forward to connecting, learning, influencing and championing change aimed at advancing clinical education and ultimately, patient care.

 

BC Support Unit Conference: Putting Patients First 2019

November 20, 2019

Vancouver, BC

Putting Patients First is our annual conference designed to encourage learning and collaboration between patients interested in patient-oriented research (POR), health researchers, health care providers and health system decision makers.

 

Northern Health: 2019 Quality Celebration

October, 2019

Prince George, BC (or virtual)

The theme of the celebration is “Quality Lives Here”. Taking place October 2019, this month-long quality improvement celebration will be virtually and in person. This is an opportunity to showcase what individuals or teams have  done to improve everyday practice and the experience of staff, patients and families in the places that they work.

UNBC Research Week 2020

March 2-6, 2020

Prince George, BC

Research Week is a celebration of the increasingly innovative and collaborative research that happens at UNBC and beyond. The week consists of various events which celebrate and showcase the groundbreaking and interdisciplinary research on and beyond the UNBC campus. The aim is to bring researchers from various disciplines together and create a favourable atmosphere for developing innovative research ideas. Research Week is an amalgamation of the UNBC Graduate Conference, Undergraduate Research Experience (URE) Celebration and Postdoc Day of Research events.

Workshops 2019

For upcoming workshops relevant to research in health services, check out upcoming events from the following organizations!

 

Find CPD opportunities here including projects in leadership development to the Rural Global Health Partnership Initiative!

 

 

 

From exploring design-thinking to data-driven improvement, these full-day workshops cover a range of unique topics on improving quality of care for patients.

 

 

Up-to-date information on seminars, conferences, workshops related to enquiries into health system performance, equity, and sustainability.

Includes training opportunities, webinars, courses, and workshops centered on patient-oriented research.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rural and Remote Medicine Course

April 23-25, 2020

Ottawa, ON

More than 190 sessions, small group sessions, hands-on workshops and Rural Critical Care modules. 

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Rural Emergency Services Symposium

2018

Symposium on Emergency Services, June 2018

 

 

On June 2018, key people from RHSRNbc, RCCbc, and BCEMN were in attendance. The RHSRNbc Advisory Committee and research designate consisting of a representative from each university in British Columbia and a member of their organization were invited to attend. Strategic invites (Health Authorities, MoH, BC Ambulance/ Transport / 911 Dispatch) were also made.

The goal of the symposium was to identify the key gaps in understanding and important research questions that need to be answered to support rural emergency services.

The objectives of the event included:

  1. Generating a high level overview of the existing evidence related to the capacity of smaller rural ERs and the support structures currently in place to sustain these services.
  2. Identifying important gaps in our current understanding.
  3. Generating key questions that need to be answered to better understand how rural emergency services attempt to address the needs of the population they serve.
  4. Examining the interface between the smaller rural ERs and the larger provincial system of emergency care including communication support (synchronous and asynchronous), the integration of care for high acuity patients, and strategies to sustain quality of care (CPD).
  5. Considering the data needed to answer the questions generated.

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Team Building Awards

Deadline for the 2020-21 Team Building Awards: June 30, 2020.

Purpose: To provide an opportunity for researchers to apply for up to $2500 in funding to support the development of a research team in the time of a pandemic constraint. Although priority will be given to projects with a focus on engaging community response to COVID-19 and/ or climate change issues in rural settings, we will review proposals if it has a potential contribution to the advancement of knowledge in the field of rural health and, any anticipated outcomes.

Goal: To promote and support the development of new multidisciplinary research teams focused on an issue of current importance to rural and remote health services and whose main goal is to apply for research funding.

Use of Funds: Funds can be used for activities, resources and expenses related to building research teams and identifying research themes and questions. Eligible expenses include (but are not limited to): activities involved with recruiting team members; travel to, and facilitation of group meetings (face-to-face, videoconference, teleconference, WebEx); conducting a preliminary literature review; resources required to apply for a grant; team-building exercises; etc.)

Conditions: The team building funding is allocated for a one-year period after which a final report must be submitted to RHSRNbc within 2 weeks. Final report templates will be distributed to award recipients; deliverables include a complete financial statement of team building activities, progress report during the award period and proof that a funding application was submitted.

Application Form: Click Here

For more information and eligibility requirements, please contact the RHSRNbc Coordinator


Measuring Impact of a Healthcare Travelling Roadshow

Hanlon & Maurice Team 2018-19 Team Award Recipients

On 9 November 2018, a Rural Health Services Research Network of BC funded team meeting brought together researchers and key stakeholders to discuss measuring the long-term impact of the Healthcare Travelling Roadshow (HCTRS). The aims of the meeting were (1) to discuss the potential for collaborative research on the long-term impact of the HCTRS, and (2) to formulate a work plan for a grant application to support further study on the impact of the HCTRS. This team meeting concluded that: 1) the Roadshow is an excellent and complex intervention that warrants study; 2) long term study is difficult – surrogate markers of success are necessary; 3) there is a relative paucity of related literature, creating both a challenge and an opportunity; 4) we should move towards developing a Design-Based Research (DBR) Research Proposal in collaboration with colleagues from UBC’s Centre for Health Education Scholarship (CHES) as a means of developing and modifying our theoretical approach to a intervention which is ongoing; and 5) pilot research should gather baseline data to inform and support subsequent study. Following the meeting, co-investigators were recruited from the Island Medical Program and Interior Medical Program, and an application was submitted to the CHES Distributed Medical Education competition to help fund further baseline data gathering. The application was successful, and we will be conducting a survey of youth in rural settings across the province 2019/20.