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Videos by: Maxxine Rattner MSW, RSW Kensington Hospice

Changing the definition of palliative care 

Acknowledging our suffering (0:46)

The duality of acceptance and hope (0:47) 

Dying is hard (2:35)


The Rural Coordination Centre of BC has a new Rural Site Visits and Innovations web site which can be accessed here: 


Heart of Home
How Hornby Island developed their community home care for elders.


To support equitable access to health care and to improve the health of individuals living in rural and remote Canada, the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) and the Society of Rural Physicians of Canada (SRPC) developed a guide for educators, healthcare practitioners, administrators, policymakers, and researchers. The Rural Road Map for Action described in this 11-minute video, shares four directions and 20 actions that will enhance rural health care if enacted across Canada.



Press conference with Dr. Shannon McDonald, Acting Chief Medical Officer of the First Nations Health Authority, and Dr. Bonnie Henry, Provincial Health Officer, for an update on how COVID-19 has affected First Nations communities.


We are pleased to announce the launch of our new podcast program, which features in-depth discussions on the health issues that matter most to the residents of rural and remote British Columbia.

In our first series, Innovation From the Edges, we interview rural residents across BC for their stories of community strength, resilience, and resourcefulness in addressing local health priorities. In our first episode we connect with Kristine Perron, of the Quadra Island CareMongering group, to learn about how her community has adapted to life in the era of COVID-19.  Stay tuned for future episodes where we’ll hear from Sierra Acton, Area Director of Shawnigan Lake in the Cowichan Valley, and Carrie Chard, Fire Chief from the District of Wells, and others, on Innovation From the Edges.

Latest podcast:

Click here to listen to the trailer for Innovation From the Edges and visit our website to find more information on our podcast.

You can also subscribe to the CRHR Podcast on Apple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsSpotify, or SoundCloud to automatically receive new episodes.

Thank you and happy listening,
The Centre for Rural Health Research team



FEBRUARY 5, 2020

Where we work, housekeepers clean 36 rooms a day. Their work is vital to the prevention of serious infections and to the efficient running of the hospital. It’s clear they also play an important role in the care of patients.
“Interprofessional cooperation” and “teamwork” are among the newest buzzwords in modern hospital medicine. Doctors are consistently reminded that clear, respectful communication with their teams is essential for patient safety and quality of care. But we’ve often been blind to the fact that housekeepers are an essential part of that team.
The 15-minute documentary “Keepers of the House” was designed to be incorporated into an interprofessional curriculum for doctors, nurses, and other health care providers.


Navigating life and aging with chronic illness

The overall goal of the Nav-CARE program is to improve the quality of life of adults living at home with serious illness. Community organizations across Canada are project partners. View the Nav-CARE brochure.

This project builds upon five years of collaborative work with knowledge partners in which we developed the conceptual and theoretical foundations; created, tested, and refined curriculum for volunteer navigators; and conducted three incremental pilots to determine the feasibility and acceptability of the Nav-CARE model.

Read the most recent document: Findings From a Knowledge Translation Study


Senior Care Homes: What you should Know
Vancouver Sun

Seniors in privately run care homes are far more likely to die in hospital than those who live in facilities run by public health authorities and you are 32% more likely to be sent to a hospital emergency department.

In response to a high level of interest in the Office of the Seniors Advocate’s latest report From Residential Care to Hospital: A Pattern Emerges, Seniors Advocate Isobel Mackenzie delivered a presentation to interested stakeholders, media, and members of the public. This presentation was conducted jointly with Dr. Jeff Poss and Dr. Kim McGrail–the two lead researchers behind the report–and provided a deeper dive into the statistical methodology and data sources used. It was followed by a one hour Q&A session.
Listen to the Teleconference Audio with Q&As


Perspectives on POR | Partnerships in Patient-Oriented Research

The BC SUPPORT Unit is excited to bring you a new video series, called Perspectives on POR, which explores different views on patient-oriented research (POR) from individuals across BC. We spoke with patients, researchers, trainees, health care practitioners, and other stakeholder groups about their experiences with, and thoughts on, patient-oriented research to get an understanding of how POR impacts everyone involved. 

The first video provides a snapshot of POR across the province.
To watch this video, click on Partnerships in Patient-Oriented Research

The second video is about the ways in which involving Indigenous communities in patient-oriented research can help to improve health care for all. 
Watch this video here: Indigenous perspectives in patient-oriented research

If you’re interested in the ways that you can get involved in patient-oriented research, visit our website or complete our inquiry form to connect with one of our regional centres.


Complicated Gratitude for MAiD

Rachel Cooper talks about the emotional journey of her mother receiving Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) and her experience of the days leading up to her mother’s death.

To read the article, click on:
Complicated gratitude: a letter to my mother’s physician
Rachel B. Cooper CMAJ January 27, 2020 


Doctors of BC
In the first episode of DocTalks, a new direction for BC’s primary health care system is explored. We’ve heard the names, but what really are patient medical homes and primary care networks? Host Dr Matthew Chow, with guests Drs Brenda Hefford and Shelley Ross, take a deep dive into the current primary care landscape to unpack ideas about:
– how patient medical homes and primary care networks relate to and work with one another — – what it means to adapt to system-wide change
– the benefits of a multidisciplinary, team-based care model of care
– how UPCCs enhance PCNs and increase access
Join the conversation online through Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, and at

Click on: DocTalks: A Doctors of BC Podcast


This video was created by the Patient Engagement Methods Cluster to explain the role of the Patient Engagement Methods Cluster at the BC SUPPORT Unit to external stakeholders.


On social determinants and health:

In this talk, Wilkinson and Pickett explain how inequality affects us individually, altering how we think, feel and behave. They share the overwhelming evidence that material inequities have powerful psychological effects: when the gap between rich and poor increases, so does the tendency to define and value ourselves and others in terms of superiority and inferiority.

This talk was presented by the Faculty of Medicine, the Faculty of Arts, and MASS LBP, with support from alumni UBC.


Videos collected during the The Health Care Leaders’ Planning Retreat gathering (Jan. 27,28,29 2019) have been produced and can be viewed here: Videos

This event was co-sponsored and organized by the Rural Coordination Centre of BC, Doctors of BC, and the BC Ministry of Health. 

Read a full summation of the retreat here:…
Provincial healthcare partners collaborate on vision, actions for rural and provincial primary care networks