RCCbc‘s online Rural Communities Map/List provides an overview of the lifestyle and amenities of several BC rural communities. It also lists the healthcare resources and services available to rural residents within specific RSA communities.
The role of the rural community in healthcare recruitment and retention
The Rural Recruitment and Retention Strategies page identifies the government, health authority, organizational contribution to rural recruitment and retention. There is also a collection of stories outlining the strategies used by some of BC’s rural communities to successfully recruit doctors.
While governments, recruiting agencies, and professional organizations (such as the Doctors of BC) work to provide information and incentive programs for healthcare professionals, studies have shown that quality education for minor children, suitability of the community for spouses of professionals, and overall lifestyle and quality of life are key factors which ultimately influence the recruitment of doctors, nurses, paramedics, and other healthcare professionals to rural communities.
People who live in rural communities – professionals, leaders, patients, neighbours – can contribute significantly to attracting and keeping rural healthcare professionals in their community.