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Rural Health Services Research Network of BC 

Funded through the Rural Coordination Centre of BC

September 2014 | Issue 38

Hello RHSRNbc members!

As August comes to an end, the back-to-school rush is in full swing.  Here at UBC our campus is gradually starting to fill up with students eager to get back to their studies and staff coming back from summer vacations.  For many of us, September is a time of change and an opportunity to refocus our routines and work patterns.  Whether you are heading back to school, starting a new work project, or getting in to a new routine we wish you all the best.  The RHSRNbc was established to support our members in all of their endeavors - be sure to let us know how we can best support you!  We are always keen to hear your feedback via phone, email, or social media.

Here at the network we are gearing up for a busy fall of conferences and planning several new initiatives - stay tuned for more information on this soon.  Best of luck with your fall plans!
Warm regards,
Emily Ryan, RHSRNbc Coordinator

In this newsletter:

  • Upcoming events: British Columbia | Canada
  • In the News
  • Funding Opportunities
  • Recent Publications

Upcoming Events in British Columbia

The Me in Dementia: Increasing Understanding Along the Dementia Journey

Sept 16 | Prince George, BC | More information here 
This one-day conference is open for all to attend.  The day will cover topics on brain health, Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia, assist with personal planning, and offer a research update on dementia.  Register before September 11 by calling 1-855-742-4803.

InspireNET's Connect 2014

Sept 22 | Vancouver, BC | More information here
Using Research to Improve Health Care - Change, Challenge, & Opportunity in Knowledge Translation.  Join your colleagues from across the province at this important health services research educational and networking event. All InspireNet members are welcome to participate. Some limited travel assistance and bursaries are available.  Registration is now open!

MSFHR End-of-Grant KT Workshop

Oct 23 | Vancouver, BC | More information here
A new workshop co-sponsored by MSFHR and the Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute (VCHRI) will help researchers and trainees learn how to develop an end-of-grant knowledge translation plan.  The half-day workshop, scheduled for Oct. 23, 2014, is open to researchers and trainees interested in learning how to incorporate knowledge translation into their grants. Led by Sharon Straus, director of the knowledge translation program at Toronto’s St. Michael’s Hospital, the workshop aims to help participants understand the difference between end-of-grant KT and integrated KT while providing a framework for writing an end-of-grant KT section.  Applications will be accepted until Sept 4, 2014.

Centre for Clinical Epidemiology and Evaluation Annual Lecture

3pm, Nov 6 | Vancouver, BC | More information here
The speaker for the C2E2 Annual Lecture is Dr. Robert Reid, Group Health Medical Director, Research Translation.  Please mark your calendar for the Lecture and reception afterwards.  The title of the lecture is  “Moving Towards the Learning Health Care System: Integrating research into practice and policy”. Dr. Reid is based at Group Health, one of the highest performing health care systems in the US, where his work centres on bringing research evidence to practice and policy.  He is able to draw on a wealth of experience and has a very impressive track record in health services research and policy.  He will, I’m sure, deliver an outstanding lecture, with some very important lessons for us all as we work to ensure that our research combines both relevance (to patients, practitioners and decision makers) and scientific rigour.

Northern Health Research Days 2014 - Partners for Health: Communities, Families, Researchers, & Care Providers

Nov 5-7 | Prince George, BC | More info here
Health authority employees, researchers, students, health care practitioners and community organizations are invited to submit their abstract for an oral or poster presentation. We are also seeking abstracts for two to four hour afternoon workshops. We welcome all submissions that relate to our conference themes and objectives. Abstracts will be accepted until Sept 5.

In the News

  • Dr. Bowman's thoughts on the reality of small practices.  Read more.
  • Dr. Brian Goldman "Do you remember?": Talking about mistakes in medicine.  Watch his TED talk.
  • Google Earth sets sights on First Nations in Canada.  Read more.
  • Is PEI's medical grad incentive program working?  Read more.

Upcoming Events in Canada/US


International Indigenous Health Conference

Oct 5-10 | Winnipeg, MB | More information here
The International Network in Indigenous Health Knowledge and Development (INIKHB) in partnership with the Manitoba Network Environment for Aboriginal Health Research (NEAHR) will be hosting the upcoming International Indigenous Health Conference in 2014. This conference builds on the INIKHD’s international gathering held every two years that is dedicated to improving the lives of Indigenous peoples globally through Indigenous and community-led research, health services and workforce development. This year’s conference will include a focus on Indigenous health research in true collaboration, and mentoring new investigators and graduate students.  Registration is open!


Family Medicine Forum

Nov 13-15 | Quebec, QC | More information here
Family Medicine Forum, or FMF, is Canada’s largest and most comprehensive annual conference for family physicians. This event is co-presented each fall by the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) and its Section of Teachers, Section of Researchers, and local host chapter. Now in its 14th year and continually growing, FMF focuses on providing its thousands of attendees with three days of practical and thought-provoking professional development via several streams of continuing professional development (CPD) sessions.In addition, FMF offers many special scheduled events and other informal social opportunities to recharge and network with peers and colleagues.  Registration is open!

North American Primary Care Research Group - Annual Meeting

Nov 21-25 | New York City, NY | More information here
The North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG) is a multidisciplinary organization for primary care researchers.  NAPCRG’s Annual Meeting is a forum for primary care researchers from across the globe to gather and present their research, collaborate for new research, and foster growth for up-and-coming researchers. Registration is open!

Funding Opportunities

RHSRNbc Travel Bursary Competition

The RHSRNbc offers four bursaries--three national bursaries of up to $450, and one international bursary of $750--to subsidize the cost of travel, accommodation, and other expenses related to conference participation.  Bursaries are awarded to RHSRNbc members who have been invited to present their rural health services research orally or as a poster at either a national or international conference.  This application has a rolling deadline, so be sure to get yours in soon!  Find the application on our website.

Island Health Authority: New URLs for Research Funding Opportunities

Check out Island Health's new URLs for external and internal grants!

Recent Publications

Bing-You, R. G., Trowbridge, R. L., Kruithoff, C., Daggett Jr, J. L., & Bing-You, R. (2014). Unfreezing the Flexnerian Model: introducing longitudinal integrated clerkships in rural communities. Rural and Remote Health, 14, 2944.

Coxon, K., Sandall, J., & Fulop, N. J. (2014). To what extent are women free to choose where to give birth? How discourses of risk, blame and responsibility influence birth place decisions. Health, risk & society, 16(1), 51-67.

Thomas, S. L., Wakerman, J., & Humphreys, J. S. (2014). What core primary health care services should be available to Australians living in rural and remote communities?. BMC Family Practice, 15(1), 143.

Warburton, J., Moore, M. L., Clune, S. J., & Hodgkin, S. P. (2014).  Extrinsic and intrinsic factors impacting on the retention of older rural healthcare workers in the north Victorian public sector: a qualitative study. Rural and Remote Health, 14, 2721.
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