We are officially at the halfway mark of the Rural Site Visits project!
101 Rural Subsidiary Agreement (RSA) communities representing all corners of the province have been visited, more than 350 meetings with the Health Care partners recorded and over 4,000 pages of valuable transcribed feedback generated.
We look forward to the next 100 communities of the Rural Site Visits project!
Dr. Stuart Johnston
Director, Rural Site Visits Project
Program Coordinator, Rural Site Visits Project
The Rural Site Visit project – funded by the Joint Standing Committee on Rural Issues (JSC) seeks to connect with all RSA communities between 2017 and 2020. The purpose is to hear directly from community members about their thoughts surrounding health care delivered in BC.
In communities, a team of rural physicians and RCCbc staff meet with health providers, health administrators, First Nations, and local leadership to host an open discussion about the community’s innovations, and challenges with regards to local health care services. Our team of rural physicians and RCCbc staff also work to meet individually with these groups to discuss health services from their perspective. Information collected from these visits is anonymized and presented to the JSC. Before any material is presented to the JSC the notes gathered are reflected back to the participants to ensure accuracy.
The intent is for the information provided to be used to better inform policy and program development, and build stronger direct relationships between the JSC and rural health providers. We use Nvivo software for qualitative data analysis and theming. Click here to view Rural Site Visits Project documentation now
A map of of our visit progress is viewable here. The project kicked off in January of 2018.
Green = Site Visit Completed
Yellow = Site Omitted (usually due to a lack of health services delivered in the community)
Orange = Site Visit in Planning Phase