Communciations and Engagement report

Submitted by Dr. Stuart Johnston

2017-18 Highlights

The refreshed logo with integrated art from BC indigenous artist Evelyn Alec

The Communications team at RCCbc took on several new projects in 2017-18. After 10 years, RCCbc elected to refresh its logo. New artwork was developed in-house, in collaboration with BC indigenous artist Evelyn Alec, and officially launched online in December 2017. RCCbc is currently upgrading print and display materials in preparation for the 2018 BC Rural Health Conference and Rural Locum Forum (co-hosted with the Rural and Remote Division of Family Practice) being held in Nanaimo.

In addition to these new projects, the Communications team continues to:

Check out the RCCbc Instagram feed and Twitter account for photos from both the forum and the 2018 BC Rural Health Conference in Nanaimo:

Below is a brief video of Dr. Josh Greggain of Hope, BC during his presentation at the Rural Locum Forum. More than 80 people participated in an aspect of the Rural Locum Forum this year, with many participants continuing onto the opening session of the BC Rural Health Conference in the afternoon. Thank you to all who attended – we hope to see you next year!

Submitted by Dr. Stuart Johnston

2017-18 Highlights

Outreach and Engagement Coordinator, Sarah Kesler, on a site visit to Port Alice, Port Hardy, and Port McNeill

At the behest of RCCbc, the Joint Standing Committee on Rural Issues (JSC) approved the Rural Site Visits Project, which ambitiously proposes to visit all RSA communities in BC by 2020. Dr. Stuart Johnston is leading this project, supported by RCCbc staff, Gemma McEachern, Project Coordinator and Sarah Kesler, Outreach and Engagement Coordinator. In addition to the project team, several rural physicians are being trained to engage with the community during site visits to facilitate the work of this group.

The structure for the project was developed and piloted in five (5) communities during the summer of 2017, and officially launched in the fall of the same year. The engagement team visited 12 communities during the 2017-18 year, and anticipates scaling up the number of community visits in 2018-19.

The Rural Site Visits Project is collaborating with the Rural Doctors’ UBC Chair in Rural Medicine, Dr. Dave Snadden, who is working to establish three (3) regional research nodes throughout the province. While the data from this project is being primarily collected for the JSC to better support the development of rural health policy, the work will be evaluated by RCCbc and the UBC Rural Chair for both quality improvement and (potentially) research purposes.

2017-18 Highlights

The 2018 recipients of the BC Rural Health Awards (left to right): CHANGE BC, Dr. Geoffrey Appleton, and Gabriola Island

The 2018 BC Rural Health Awards were distributed at the BC Rural Health Conference in Nanaimo on May 12, 2018. The three recipients of these awards are:

Award of Excellence in Rural Medicine: Efficient and Effective Healthcare Partnerships in Rural BCCHANGE-BC (Pacific Northwest)

Read CHANGE-BC’s bio now

Award of Excellence in Rural Medicine: Lifetime Achievement – Dr. Geoffrey Appleton (Terrace)

Read Dr. Appleton’s bio now

BC Rural Community AwardGabriola Island

Read a brief history of Gabriola Island’s healthcare journey

If you are interested in nominating a BC rural physician for the 2019 Awards, check out the RCCbc web site for further information. The site contains guidelines and a nomination form, as well as a list of past recipients. The theme for the 2019 BC Rural Health Awards will be announced in the Fall/Winter of 2018.