Presentation to the Select Standing Committee on Finance

Presentation to the Select Standing Committee of Finance on rural health care. Edward Staples, President of BC Rural Health Network and Support Our Health Care – Princeton
Main topics:

– Access to Specialists
– Rural Health Councils
– Recruitment and retention of healthcare providers
– Transportation

A longer, written submission will be presented next week.

E.S. Presentation to SSC 2020 June 10

RISE

The new RISE program has a  range of free mental health resources (all phone or web based) available to British Columbians.

Free psychotherapy or counselling

Adults and older adults

•Access a free phone call with a Registered Psychologist though the COVID-19 Psychological First Aid Service from the BC Psychological Association. Visit www.psychologists.bc.ca/covid-19-resources

•Access free, phone-based, short-term support with a counsellor from the BC COVID-19 Mental Health Network. Email bccovidtherapists@gmail.com to receive an appointment time

•Visit Welless Together Canada to access free counselling and support as well as self-guided courses, apps, and other resources

For more information, visit https://www.heretohelp.bc.ca/covid-19-mental-health-supports

 

BC Rural Health Network – May Newsletter

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May 2020 BCRHN Newsletter

A sample of what is in this issue:

  • Member of the Month – East Shore Kootenay Lake Community Health Cantre
  • Feature articles – Privatization: the pre-existing condition killing seniors in long-term care
  • blogs – The Renegade Nurse and Canadian Health Care Daily (Paul Gallant)
  • A new initiative: RISE – Reaching Rural Communities
  • BC Government News Release
  • Partner Update – Rural Evidence Review and BC Rural Health Network launch COVID-19 survey

BC Rural Health Network – April Newsletter

A sample from the April Newsletter

  • Letter of the President
  • Member of the Month: Trail – Society for Protection and Care of Seniors
  • Speaker Jason Curran, Interior Health and Research & Knowledge Translation Lead for the Rural Coordination Centre’s Interior Node
  • Covic-19 helpful links
  • Rural Site Visit Project – 3rd Community Report
    To download, click on: April 2020 – BCRHN Newsletter

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Princeton businesses donate protective equipment to local health-care workers

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Apr. 2, 2020

Princeton’s doctors, nurses and other health professionals, as well as care providers from around the region, are making a plea for donations of Personal Protective Equipment in the fight against COVID-19.

Already local businesses have stepped forward with donations to equip front line workers.

Copper Mountain Mine, Weyerhaeuser, Lordco, Princeton Dental and Cascade Veterinary Clinic have made contributions, said Mayor Spencer Coyne.

Surgical and procedural masks, industrial dust masks or N95s, latex and non-latex gloves, safety goggles and glasses, face shields and procedural gowns are still needed.

Ed Staples, president of Princeton’s Support Our Health Care, said by collecting supplies now the heath care system will be better prepared for the coming weeks.

“It’s going to get worse before it gets better,” he said. “These are the people who are right on the front lines doing battle for us and they need protection more than anybody.”

Staples said he’s heartened by the response thus far.

“The community is pulling together. It’s coming together and that’s what we need.”

Anyone with donations is asked to call 1-788-720-6111.

andrea.demeer@similkameenspotlight.com
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