REGIONAL ALLIANCE FOR RURAL HEALTH
The Regional Alliance for Rural Health will increase and advance knowledge to improve rural health and wellbeing, through collaborative community-engaged action research on the social determinants of health.
The Regional Alliance for Rural Health is a 10 organization collaborative with representation from post-secondary institutions, health service providers and rural community representatives from the Interior region of south central BC. The Alliance will facilitate sustainable student and academic partnerships and community engaged research to co-create solutions to community identified challenges. The aim is to facilitate wide engagement of rural citizens and community partners from diverse rural and remote areas to ensure essential rural context considerations and perspectives inform and direct research priorities and citizen engagement in rural research teams.
The Alliance is guided and directed by a Steering Committee which is comprised of one representative from each of the ten partner organizations. The organizations and their representative to the Alliance Steering Committee include the following:
Association of Kootenay Boundary Local Government
Garry Jackman, AKBLG Board member & Electoral Area ‘A’ Director,
Regional District of Central Kootenay
College of the Rockies
Gaby Zezulka, Chair, Academic Innovation and Applied Research
First Nations Health Authority
Jennifer May-Hadford, Public Health Officer,
Public Health Agency of Canada
Deborah Austin, Acute Health Services Director,
Hospital and Communities Integrated Services;
Berni Easson, Community Integration Service Administrator;
Facilitator, Andrea Burrows, Regional Practice Lead Research, Interior Health
Nicola Valley Institute of Technology
Drs. John Chenoweth & Aruna Gore, Educational Administrators
Lisa Kraft, Associate Dean Science, Technology & Health
Rhys Andrews, Dean Health and Human Services,
Applied Research and Innovation
Southern Interior Local Government Association
Shelley Sim, SILGA Board Chair, Councillor District of Clearwater,
School Board Trustee District 73
Thompson Rivers University
Dr. Barbara Jean Buckley, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing
Dr. Joan L. Bottorff, Professor and Director,
Institute for Healthy Living and Chronic Disease Prevention
NEWS AND EVENTS
Community consultations were convened by the Regional Alliance for Rural Health in the Interior Health region in the spring of 2018.
Building Intersections for Vibrant Rural Health, the 2018 Rural Health Services Research Conference will be held May 31 – June 1, 2018 in Nelson BC.
The Regional Alliance for Rural Health is a collaboration of academics from post-secondary institutions, health service providers, elected officials and rural community representatives from the Interior region of south central BC. The Alliance has 10 core partners and is guided by a Steering Committee. The overall goal of the Alliance is to improve rural health and wellbeing through applied and academic student and academic rural health research partnerships.
The founding meeting of the Interprofessional Student Engagement in Rural Communities (IPSER) project was held on November 27th, 2017 in Castlegar.