Application opens: April 28, 2023
Application deadline: May 15, 2023
The RHSRNbc Symposia Grant program provides support for rural researchers or physicians to develop a symposium to explore issues focused on rural health services for amounts up to $5000. This grant is intended to bring together academics, rural practitioners, policymakers, citizens, and other stakeholders or allies whose knowledge and practice can be shared to build upon and advance the specific area of rural health research, practice or policy. We invite proposals that aim to develop new knowledge or research questions through multidisciplinary team engagements, or use the opportunity as a way to support knowledge dissemination or knowledge translation activities related to their research evidence.
The symposia grant may be applied to Online or in-person formats based on public health restrictions applied at the time of application. All applicants should indicate how their proposed symposia format brings together diverse stakeholders to approach their topic from multiple perspectives and how it will influence knowledge development, translation in practice or policy.
2021-22 Symposia Grant Recipients
The event “Addressing the toxic drug supply crisis in Northern BC: Developing person-centred strategies” is planned for October 2021 as a half-day symposium. The primary objective is to prioritize strategies and actions to improve the continuum of care for people who use drugs (PWUD) in northern BC. This is the first regional event that will bring together clinicians, peers, decision-makers, service providers, and researchers to identify and plan how best to integrate care for PWUD. The event supports development and improvement in relationships between those who plan, deliver, and use services impacting PWUD. Next are a series of brief presentations to illuminate examples of successful integrated care. The platform Thought Exchange will be used to capture participant ideas and suggested actions. Following a short break, case-based break-out sessions invite participants to propose solutions to common challenges in providing addiction care in rural and northern communities. The event closes with dedicated time led by the facilitator to invite sustained engagement with actions that are in alignment with regional and provincial policy to improve the continuum of addiction care in northern BC.