Surveys and/or Volunteers needed for Research

Aging in Place Challenge Program

From: National Research Council Canada

The Aging in Place Challenge program will support a sustainable model for long-term care by shifting the focus toward preventive home and community-based care.

The program’s objectives will focus on improving the quality of life of older adults and their personal caregivers through innovation that will support safe and healthy aging.

The aim is to enable nursing homes to concentrate on older adults with the highest needs while reducing costs to the Canadian health care system.

About the program

Areas of focus
Working with the best Canadian and international partners from academia, industry, government, and other interested stakeholders, the program will tackle 4 areas:

– Innovative living environments
– Injury prevention at home

– Cognitive monitoring and enablement
– Chronic health management
– Daily living support

– Mobility and transportation
– Social engagement

– Smart home standards
– National data standards
– Older adult health records
– Collaborative projects will be defined under each focus area.

Getting involved
We invite researchers from the academic, public, not-for-profit, and private sectors as well as from Indigenous governments and organizations to express their interest in collaborating with the Program. We are currently seeking collaborators with research expertise in human mobility pattern analysis, cognitive aging models, remote usability testing, technology adoption, online safety, emergency resiliency, and project ideas contributing to one of the focus areas listed above. We are also developing a panel of experts by experience, and invite older adults and caregivers who wish to participate on the panel to submit their interest.

Grant and contribution funding will be available through the NRC’s National Program Office for eligible collaborators who offer complementary expertise. This may include contributions to collaborative R&D as well as equipment needed for research in fundamental areas.

A number of workshops and other engagement activities to help scope research activities and define project plans will take place in 2020-21. Further details will be posted soon.


Do you have mental health concern(s), use mental health services, and are living in a community where medical services are provided through the Interior Health Authority?

Our team is looking for 12 – 15 participants involving men and women. This will involve a 45 – 60 minutes interview.

If interested, please email:
Azmita Rai at:

Nelly Oelke at:


If you are willing to share your story through a phone interview, please contact:


The Rural Coordination Centre of BC’s (RCCbc) Rural Site Visits project would like to learn about your community’s rural health innovations. If you have an adaptation, idea, project or initiative that you think would be great to share with other BC rural communities, please consider submitting them for inclusion to our new Innovations Inventory.

Our story about the benefits of sharing successes and challenges through the innovations inventory is available here:

The site features an inventory of health care innovations collected by the Rural Site Visits project team during visits to rural communities.
To access, click on:
Below is a small sample of the innovations you can find on the website:
– subsidized bus service
– team based care using technology to increase patient access
– single referral Electronic Medical Records for community services
– Indigenous care aides take on role in community
– Travel Assistance Program (TAP) funds locals with Out-Of-
Community Appointments.

If you have questions or want to have a deeper discussion about your innovation, please reach out to our Innovations Concierge, Tracey DeLeeuw at


Would you like to help guide the development of BC’s first virtual personal health record?

The Rural Coordination Centre of BC and the Ministry of Health, Digital Health Policy branch, are looking for people to join the steering committee for the new Rural Patient Health Record (RPHR) project.

The RPHR project is aimed at democratizing personal health information by creating a way for people in rural communities to have access and manage their own health information. It’s envisioned that putting your health information in your hands should improve longitudinal, relationship-based care, support dialogue between rural patients and the health care ‘system’ and provide data to assess and evaluate rural health system improvements.  The first prototypes of this new personal health record will be launched in a number of rural communities by next summer.

As a member of the project steering committee, you will join others from around BC in a representative learning community to provide high-level guidance and feedback to the project team on all components of the RPHR project planning and prototype implementation between now and July, 2021.  It’s expected there will be monthly online meetings with a total workload of between 24 and 36 hours.

If you are interested in being part of this exciting project, please contact Doug Blackie, Project Consultant, RCCbc at  with a short description of who you are and why you are interested in this project.  The first meeting of the committee is expected to be held in the next month or so.


Click on the bold text to access the survey.

Click here to access survey: Assessment of practitioner needs for providing virtual maternity care in rural and remote communities in British Columbia

Who is eligible to participate?
To be able to take this survey, you will need to meet all of the following criteria:
• You are providing maternity care services in a rural or remote practice
•You are providing maternity care services which may include ONLY prenatal care and/or intrapartum care
• You are a registered midwife, an indigenous midwife, a family doctor, a nurse practitioner, or an obstetrician

Virtual care has been defined as any interaction between patients and/or members of their circle of care, occurring remotely, using any forms of communication or information technologies with the aim of facilitating or maximizing the quality and effectiveness of patient care (Shaw, Jamieson, Agarwal, Griffin, Wong, & Bhatia, 2018). For the purpose of this study, virtual care means: patient care consults by video conferencing, digital communications between team members and/or patients such as messaging, and email; and video consults between providers. Examples of virtual care options include Doxy, Jabber, and In Touch. This list is not exhaustive.

How will the results of the study be shared?
The results of the study will be shared with various groups including policy makers, rural communities, and health care providers and through written and oral reports. Study findings will be presented on the Centre for Rural Health Research website ( in the summer. You may also contact the study team if you would like us to send you a summary.

Who is conducting this study?
We are a research team from the Centre for Rural Health Research (CRHR) at the University of British Columbia. Please visit for more information about CRHR.

Why are we doing this study?
The challenge of providing sustainable access to intrapartum care for rural communities in British Columbia and across Canada has been well documented and described alongside maternal newborn outcomes, psycho-social and cultural outcomes have been described. These challenges have been amplified in the recent context of COVID-19, which has precipitated a rapid shift to virtual care for many health care providers. 

How will the results of the study be shared?
The results of the study will be shared with various groups including policy makers, rural communities, and health care providers and through written and oral reports. Study findings will be presented on the Centre for Rural Health Research website ( in the summer. You may also contact the study team if you would like us to send you a summary.

Who can I contact if I have any complaints or concerns about the study?
Please contact Kathleen Perecko at (705) 306-0291 or Christine Carthew at if you:
• have any questions about this survey;
• are interested in receiving a copy of the findings of the survey, and/or;
• would like to be entered into the draw for one of three Amazon gift cards.

Principal Investigators:
– Jude Kornelsen, PhD
– Dr. Shiraz Moola, FRCSC, OBGYN
– Dr. Robin Johnson, FRCSC, OBGYN

Research Contact:
Christine Carthew, MPH

Research Assistant: Kathleen Perecko, R.M, MHS (in progress)

Project Manager: Mona Mattei