Blogs, Bulletins & News Letters

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Rural Evidence Review together with the BC Rural Health Network has created a short, anonymous online survey to ask rural communities across BC about their experiences of COVID-19. The findings of the survey will be used to understand rural community innovation and resiliency in the face of the pandemic. The findings will be shared with rural and remote BC communities to support learning and collaboration across communities, and with health care decision-makers to support rural health care planning.

The BC Rural Health Network includes rural community health care advocacy organizations across the province. It is their shared goal to promote a health care system that improves and sustains the health and wellbeing of rural residents across BC.

The Rural Evidence Review is a collaboration between UBC’s Centre for Rural Health Research and the Rural Coordination Centre of BC, with funding through the BC SUPPORT Unit. The goal of the project is to work together with rural patients to provide high-quality and useful evidence for rural health care planning in BC. 
The survey is available below and participation is open to all residents of rural and remote BC communities. The survey is available on an ongoing basis, with no established end date. For individuals who do not feel comfortable completing the online survey, there is the option to participate in a telephone interview. To learn more about the initiative, please contact the Coordinator of the Rural Evidence Review project, Christine Carthew, at
Take the survey

To read the BC Support Unit’s Bulletin, click on BC Academic Health Science Network – Support Unit Bulletin


Living during a pandemic is unbelievable, disruptive, stressful, the worst kind of unknown. Working on the frontline is kind of like looking into the eye of the storm. You know it’s coming. What’s going to happened, who will parish, who will survive? How do you keep safe, when will it end, will it get worse?

I focus on things that are positive. I try to the find the helpers. I remind myself that I am an educated professional who is made for this. I think what a gift it is to be forced to stay inside all day with the people I love the most. I think mother nature is bringing us to balance. She is centring us back to equilibrium. But that does not make the concern go away. My forehead wrinkle gets deeper by the day.



Paul Gallant is an approved service provider to all BC health authorities, Doctors of BC (BCMA), UBC, Coleman Research, GLG, various Governments including Nisga’a (NLG) and others. 

To read/or subscribe to Paul’s blog, click on Canadian Health Care Daily.

Click on the bold to read the articles below:
Desperate measures prevented the worst of the pandemic. Don’t mistake that for victory

Mental illness will be ‘next wave’ of COVID-19 pandemic, epidemiologist says | CBC News

A new coronavirus is teaching us new lessons. Canada’s former top doctor says we should study them now


A blog series written by MSFHR staff, examines what it takes to be a responsive and responsible research funder, and explores the world in which research funders operate today.

Click on bold text to access the blog

Forward Thinking

Our challenges to BC

Challenge one: We need to influence as well as do
Challenge two: We don’t need more frameworks
Challenge three: There is too much measurement for promotion 


Click on: The Renegate RN
How to be trauma informed in your practice

“She lied, she cheated, and she rebelled. She was one of my favorite people – this mess of a woman was one of the most resilient and authentic humans I have ever met.”

….She is a person I have met in all areas of nursing that I have worked, she is the story of thousands – I knew her like the back of my hand, she was the female I created out of hundreds of pieces of data, thousands of clicks on the keyboard that painted a fragmented, systemically oppressed woman.”

A Princeton nurse writes a blog that is worthy of being read by everyone. Often we do not think about the trauma our healthcare professionals encounter on the job. Trauma that usually has to be dealt with privately and that a person will have to carry around. Probably the main reason I could never do this kind of a job.


Dr. Nadia Alam: “I can and I will. Watch me”


Dr. Nadia Alam – healthcare from the perspective of a small town family physician in Ontario.

We know what Ontario healthcare needs to fix healthcare. Will our next Premier act?

Denial has trapped Ontario Healthcare in a cycle of constant crisis


A very poignant blog from a nurse in one of our members’ rural towns. A must read for other healthcare professionals, politicians, Health Authorities and patients.
Click on: The Renegate RN

Some of my favourites:
10 Challenges and Benefits of being a Rural Nurse
Five Reasons Rural Nursing is a Forgotten Speciality
Working Through Loss
7 Steps for Incorporating Social Justice into your Practice: What Every Rural Nurse Needs to Know


Dr. Oelke is an Advisory Committee member for the Rural Health Services Research Network of BC ( and currently in Orange, Australia doing work at the Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health. Click here to access the blog Nelly Oelke in Orange, Australia