The Rural Coordination Centre of BC (RCCbc), in conjunction with the Rural Education Action Plan (REAP), seeks to improve the health of rural people and communities of British Columbia by:
- supporting physician and healthcare provider health and practice;
- growing relationships through collaboration and partnerships;
- augmenting feedback loops; and
- enhancing innovation.
These goals are achieved through communication, facilitation, collaboration, evaluation, and sharing of best practices.
RCCbc supports and develops provincial initiatives by engaging and coordinating with rural healthcare providers to facilitate the development of local and/or regional solutions, frameworks, and networks. Though rural-focused, RCCbc sees value in applying rural solutions to benefit all health professionals facing similar challenges.
Relationships are key:
- RCCbc collaborates with health authorities, governments, Doctors of BC, Locums for Rural BC, UBC, rural practitioners, communities, and patients, as well as provincial, national, and international medical organizations.
- RCCbc identifies the needs of specific populations and develops appropriate supports for these groups.
- RCCbc’s network of contributors provide a rural framework for provincial health policy and positively influences, facilitates, and coordinates the good work of BC’s healthcare stakeholders.
- RCCbc facilitates approaches that help providers, administrators, and communities work together to achieve sustainable health service delivery.
The Joint Standing Committee on Rural Issues (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.