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Rural Health Services Research Network of BC 

Funded through the Rural Coordination Centre of BC
March 2014 | Issue 32

Hello RHSRNbc members!  

We didn't forget about you!  Things at the Network have been very busy as we prepare for the 2014 Rural Health Services Research Conference.  The event is coming together very nicely, and this collaboration with Interior Health Authority has been such a positive experience.  Registration is now open, and we look forward to seeing a few familiar Network faces in Kelowna!

Taylor Fleming, RHSRNbc Coordinator

Register for the 2014 Rural Health Services Research Conference!

Join us from April 10-11, 2014 at the Manteo Waterfront Resort in Kelowna, BC for the 2014 Rural Heath Services Research Conference, entitled "Building Intersections for Vibrant Rural Communities: Research on Health, Wellness, and Place."  This year's theme focuses on intersections between research, practice, and policy for health built environments.  Registration will open shortly.  Visit our website for more information.  And if you need a little help getting to the conference, be sure to apply for one of the RHSRNbc's travel bursaries.  We hope to see you there!

Upcoming Events


PHAC: The Lessons Learned from the Knowledge Development and Exchange -- Healthy Living Projects

March 20 at 10am | Online here
The Canadian Active After School Partnership, strives to support the delivery of, and access to, quality after school programs - with the ultimate goal of increasing physical activity levels, healthy eating and healthy weights, and mental resilience among Canada’s children and youth. 

PHAC: The Canadian Active After-School Partnership

March 27 at 10am | Online here
The Canadian Active After School Partnership, strives to support the delivery of, and access to, quality after school programs - with the ultimate goal of increasing physical activity levels, healthy eating and healthy weights, and mental resilience among Canada’s children and youth. 

International Health Data Linkage Conference

April 28-30, 2014 | Vancouver, BC | More information here
This conference is intended to highlight what is happening in the world of linked population-based data as it applies to public policy regarding the health of populations. What are the new and exciting data sources? What fields are furthest ahead in capitalizing on data to produce evidence for public policy? What evidence are they producing? What can we learn from use of big data in the private sector? Where will we be 10 years from now?  Come join us and help chart that future.  Early bird registration closed February 21, 2014.

1st BC eHealth and Innovative Technology Showcase

May 9 | Vancouver, BC | More information here
An exciting brand new conference co-hosted and developed by the UBC eHealth Strategy Office and UBC Division of Continuing Professional Development (UBC CPD).  Regardless of whether or not you are an innovator, average user, novice or technophobe, this conference will appeal to you as we showcase the most practical and applicable eHealth technologies and innovations relevant to a busy BC health care provider today!  Practical, easy, and fun!  We will aspire to assist every participant to identify at least one eHealth tip/approach that they can immediately use in their own professional practice to enhance patient care that is in synchrony with the evolution of eHealth in BC. In the long term we are planning to engage professionals by supporting them with tools and education to navigate the fluctuating technological landscape.

Community University Victoria Conference

May 20-22 | Victoria, BC | More information here
As universities seek to enhance their potential to contribute to the public good, there is growing effort globally to promote community-university engagement. At the same time communities, organizations and governments seek to leverage the knowledge and resource capacity of universities to address community needs.  CUVIC 2014 is an opportunity to reflect on these efforts and enable community-university innovation and action within the institutional, Indigenous, national and global context.

7th International Symposium: Safety and Health in Agricultural and Rural Populations: Global Perspectives

Oct 19-22 | Saskatoon, SK | More information here
This symposium will capture the impact of global issues and challenges facing the health and safety of rural peoples in the twenty first century will seek to bridge gaps that occur between the spectra of basic research, applied research, the community and policy. The Symposium is intended to be inclusive of all rural settings, from those in fully industrialized countries to those in emerging or subsistence economies.  The Symposium Planning Committee is currently accepting proposals for workshops and special sessions.

In the News

  • Abortion and Mental Health: Connected by Stigma -- This article makes comparisons between the difficulties in receiving women's health care and mental health care in rural settings.
  • There were many studies on women's health in the past year.  Check them out here.
  • Encouraging activity by making communities more bicycle-friendly.  Read more here.
  • Policy implications for the virtualization of health services, via

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.


Bell Let's Talk Community Fund

Application deadline: March 31, 2014 | More info online
Through the Community Fund, Bell will provide grants of $5,000 to $50,000 to organizations, hospitals and agencies focused on improving access to mental health care and making a positive impact in their communities from coast-to-coast-to-coast.

Recent Publications

Bourke, L., Waite, C., & Wright, J. (2014). Mentoring as a retention strategy to sustain the rural and remote health workforce. Australian Journal of Rural Health, 22(1), 2-7.

Duggleby WD, Williams A, Holstlander L, Thomas R, Cooper D, Hallstrom LK, Ghosh S, O-Rourke H.  Hope of rural women caregivers of persons with advanced cancer: guilt, self-efficacy and mental health.Rural and Remote Health 14: 2561. (Online) 2014.

Jamar E, Newbury J, Mills D.  Early career location of University of Adelaide rural cohort medical students. Rural and Remote Health 14: 2592. (Online) 2014.

Prengaman MV, Bigbee JL, Baker E, Schmitz DF.  Development of the Nursing Community Apgar Questionnaire (NCAQ): a rural nurse recruitment and retention tool. Rural and Remote Health 14: 2633. (Online) 2014.

Roots RK, Brown H, Bainbridge L, Li LC.  Rural rehabilitation practice: perspectives of occupational therapists and physical therapists in British Columbia, Canada. Rural and Remote Health 14: 2506. (Online) 2014.

Tilley, D. S., Roux, G., Liu, F., Lee, K. E., Ackers, S., & Zeigler, V. L. (2014). An Integrative Review of Literature Regarding Health Concerns of Rural Dwelling Adolescents. Online Journal of Rural Research & Policy, 9(1), 1.
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