The Rural Coordination Centre of BC (RCCbc), in conjunction with the Rural Education Action Plan (REAP), seeks to improve rural health education and advocates for rural health in British Columbia.
RCCbc works on behalf of the Joint Standing Committee on Rural Issues (JSC), an entity that advises the BC government and the Doctors of BC (formerly the BCMA) on matters pertaining to rural medical practice.
What We Do
- coordinate, facilitate and create new initiatives and projects to bridge gaps between existing rural resources
- link the JSC, rural physicians, rural communities, and UBC
- work to develop strong relationships between all the facets of rural health care
- work broadly through six areas of interest, including education
- provide coordination and funding to attract, prepare, recruit and retain physicians for BC’s rural communities
- use educationally-based strategies to support rural physicians through their careers
- focus primarily on education, recruitment and retention of physicians
RCCbc believes that an integrated approach to health care provision supports collaboration, cooperation and interprofessionalism.
RCCbc engages physicians, nurses, medical administrators, civic leaders, aboriginal leaders and business leaders in discussions about how to best sustain rural health services.
The work of RCCbc and REAP is evaluated using evidence-based processes and focuses on practical impacts: are health outcomes improved? Is a practitioner’s quality of life and/or practice better?
The JSC provides oversight to RCCbc and invites BC’s health authorities to provide input into RCCbc activities. RCCbc collaborates with health authorities, bringing a province-wide focus to common health initiatives and issues.
RCCbc links rural communities to the JSC by responding to the expressed needs of ‘front line’ health practitioners. It links the JSC to rural communities by contributing to rural health policy development.
REAP supports both UBC and rural physicians through funding and coordination of programs that provide rural medical education training opportunities.