The BC Rural Health Network (BCRHN) consists of healthcare advocacy organizations working to improve healthcare service delivery in rural BC. The purpose of the Network is to create a strong and unified voice advocating for the improvement of healthcare services for rural British Columbians.
Our goals include the following:
- to share successful strategies in an effort to address rural healthcare concerns
- to advocate for policy changes that provide all rural residents with attachment to a health care practitioner
- to identify areas of research aimed at improving access to healthcare in rural communities and to provide fertile ground for research to take place
- to inform the BC Ministry of Health of rural healthcare concerns
- to recommend solutions for the improvement of services to rural BC residents
- to work in partnership with other provincial organizations to influence policy changes that improve access to healthcare services
- to recognize the healthcare concerns of indigenous communities and include their issues and concerns as part of our work
- to improve access to mental health services
- to promote patient-centred, community-based primary healthcare reform
Founding members include organizations from the communities of Ashcroft, Nelson, Sicamous, South Shuswap, Trail, and Princeton. Membership is open to any organization that supports the purpose and goals of the BCRHN.