SOHC is one of the founding members of a newly established Provincial Network called the BC Rural Health Network.
The BCRHN consists of healthcare advocacy organizations from rural towns, working to improve healthcare service delivery in rural BC.
Our goals include the following:
- share successful strategies in an effort to address rural healthcare concerns
- advocate for policy changes that provide all rural residents with attachment to a health care practitioner
- identify areas of research aimed at improving access to healthcare in rural communities and to provide fertile ground for research to take place
- inform the BC Ministry of Health of rural healthcare concerns and recommend solutions for the improvement of services to rural BC residents
- develop partnerships with other provincial organizations in an effort to influence policy changes that improve access to healthcare services
- recognize the healthcare concerns of indigenous communities and include their issues and concerns as part of our work
- improve access to mental health services
- promote patient-centred, community-based primary healthcare reform
Membership includes organizations from the communities of Ashcroft, Hornby & Denman Islands, Nelson, Sicamous, Slocan Valley, South Shuswap, Trail, and Princeton. Membership is open to any organization that supports the purpose and goals of the BCRHN.