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Community works together to have grassroots conversations around youth poverty and what can be done to solve important issues.
Funding though BC Housing allows for a shelter to operate during cold winter months.
First responders are scattered throughout Gabriola Island and respond quickly with CPR and are well-trained.
Volunteer Run Program Grants Seniors Peace of Mind by Providing Transportation to out of Community Medical Appointments
Senior-run program for seniors allows essential travel to and from medical appointments while removing stress from an already stressful situation
Development of a Meal Service Program for the elderly as well as food bank distribution out of the local United Church.
Dedicated community volunteers run a “Better At Home” service that allows for community members to live in their homes with the help of volunteers providing numerous services.
Pre-arranged transportation to surrounding communities for medical care and appointments fills a need and creates a solution.
The overlapping volunteer pool proves essential for program support in Ashcroft, leading to exceptional Hospice and Auxiliary groups.
Urologists noticed patients were cancelling or showing up late for their appointments due to long travel time from 100 Mile House. They decided to send two Urologists to the community and got the Health Society to fund and…
Local medical staff connect with visiting specialists and surgical teams over lunch, while continuing their Medical Education.
By hosting virtual palliative care rounds physicians, Community Paramedics, and the medical treatment team are able to refer clients as needed and discuss patient care in an effective manner.
A physician stays in his community and virtually joins huddle (a brief team check-in, usually in a clinical setting at the start of a shift to manage quality and safety) in another community.
The Elder Connect Program is a web-based platform that provides information on programs and services seniors can access and involves inter-generational connection.
Successful Virtual COPD education pilot occurs monthly in the community of Ashcroft…
Palliative patients have a consultation from the comfort of their own homes via WebEx, a virtual platform.
Nurse Practitioner utilizes texting with Child & Youth Mental Health to communicate anonymized information about a youths general situation in order to find the best placement for them.
Difficult times leads community to create a unique patient discharge procedure, including bringing together families for dischage planning.
Multiple initiatives offer solutions to children in need of mental health support.
Free transportation on BC Ferries by obtaining a form from your physicians identifying the need for treatment outside your community.
A First Nations community has a ‘justice committee’ which brings together local groups and services to build on social services.
By linking communities through telehealth, access to psychiatry during off-hours helps everyone involved.
Two people have come together to provide team based care in a way that allows for…
A community member shares the successes of making time to meet in person with local community members in their various roles and to work at building these relationships.
A supportive Medical Officer speaks regularly to the community’s medical team.
Healthy Beginnings is a community program designed to support families. This unique program is for families needing support in areas of: pregnancy, nutrition, breast feeding, child development, substance abuse issues and parenting.
Community constructing modular homes to support those in need.
This community developed a ‘Caring Circle,’ which acts as a health care and community support liaison for patients who have been discharged.
Fraser Health puts 160 to 180 of their staff in a longhouse twice a year to learn about culture and have a meal with their local First Nations Band and learn their teachings.
Members of local hospital, physicians and schools meet monthly to combat mental health concerns in children and youth.
Committee of Local Stakeholders, Health Authority, and More Work Together to Address Health Outcomes and Utilize Funding
Mental health referrals go to a community mental health socialization program called the Source Clube to gain work skills, access hot meals and other activities.
Local Community Resource Centre completes over 500 tax returns for residents which allowed residents to access Provincial and Federal services and benefits.
Real time referrals are utilized using a single referral point in an electronic medical record (EMR).
Advocating for youth mental health has resulted in additonal resourses for community members, who now have access to a Youth Mental Health Coordinator.
Local physicians go into schools and educate youth on risks that come with sex, rates of teen pregnancy and STDs drop dramatically.
Post Secondary education in fields such as Licensed Practical Nursing, Dental Assistants etc. leads to great local and Indigenous work opportunities.
Community provided scholarships to get youth into medical professions.
Local team creates multiple evacuation plans in preparation for seasonal fires and shares them with their surrounding communities.
Shared responsibility of Medical Office Assistants (MOA) and respect from community mean better communication for clinic needs.
The City and Division of Family Practice partner to create a successful visitor and resident attraction strategy.
Mayors from this area are taking a ‘regional perspective’ to their health care needs. Coming together every 4-6 weeks, this Health Society brings together voices and perspectives from all their municipal communities.
Community health forums are held locally to provide space for community members to share their experiences and considerations around resolution.
All near misses are written in a red book, and once a month there is an anesthesia meeting where the group discuss them. They talk about the literature and how their practices can change to avoid these situations in the future.
Telehealth pilot leads to lower admission rates and faster access to care for psychiatry needs
Employer provides autonomy for employee to make connections and interactions with colleagues.
Village provide free gym instructions to help seniors feel comfortable using gym equipment and resources
A private health clinic uses methods such as telehealth and dictation in order to provide quick turn-arounds for lab and ultrasound results.
Home care nurses pick up prescription for palliative patients.
Local nursing team creates post-operative Caeseran brochures for new moms, leading to unanimously positive results.
If a community is unable to access nursing transport care, a staffing pool has been put into place that will pay to have a nurse sent to the community and then returns home in the ambulance …
Piloting Patient Controlled Analgesia (PCA) pumps in ambulances with longer transfer time.
Community doctors make large impact by volunteering with youth.
Connections to community and patients deepened by physician’s dedication to visiting aging patients closer to home.
Divisions of Family Practice creates social and team building activities for their physicians.
Physicians sat with the community to find out what they need and what they want to feel supported in their own health care. They were not met with a list of demands, rather the community identified areas of improvement and wanted to work together with the physicians to help make it happen.
Local Physician fights for the use of ‘Iloprost,’ which can help dilates blood vessels and improves blood flow following frost bite. This new drug was only starting to be considered in BC in January 2020.
A local peer program offering addiction support for addicts and non-addicts.
Dedicated team and care group provide palliative care and companionship
A medical student seeking training in Cardiology proposed to the Mayor that the community’s Health Services Society fund his specialist education for 2 years. In return his family would commit to a 10 year return to service contract with the community.
A nurse uses social media to create access to care during forest fire season. This involved maintaining communication with patients and health providers, arranging needed supplies to be dropped off., etc. Post-emergency, the impact of the nurse’s Facebook page was exponential and formalized into a professional page where community members can message her through there.
In order to meet the community, build their trust and establish lasting relationships, Nurse Practitioners in this community take initiative in advocating for themselves while connecting with the people.
Nurse Practitioners and health authority regularly meet and have an online forum to ask questions.
A Community of Practice for Nurse Practitioners to communicate and discuss successes and gaps.
Patients of Anahim Lake are given direct contact details to a community nurse. This point of contact offers quick responses and real-time support.
The University of Northern BC and the Northern Medical Program facilitates a travelling road show to expose urban students to the northern-rural environment.
The University of Northern BC and the Northern Medical Program bring students to truck stops to assist in providing medical services to a hard-to-reach population group who are always on the go with their job.
Food Banks provided with would-be orchard discards that help those in need.
Increased funding from the Ministry has allowed this community to implement night care for seniors in their own homes.
The Mayor visits new physicians to welcome them to the community.
A Municipality and the Age Friendly Society work to get affordable housing for seniors and First Nations seniors in the community.
Focus on Health initiative spreads to other communities to improve chronic disease management and health promotion.
Expansive Maternal Child Health Program provides care to mothers and families from…
Changes in development zone areas allow for innovative use of existing properties and micro housing to provide housing options for locums, residents, Registered Nurse coverage and more.
Community successfuly merges Electronic Medical Records (EMRs), leading to a hope for expansion.
A strong mentorship developed for a local Nurse Practitioner, helped them succeed despite an education without a proper residency.
Overview: Healthcare Innovations
Many rural communities face health care challenges that are different than what their regional and urban counterparts face across the province. Rural community members have developed innovations to overcome inequities resulting from as geographical isolation and limited resources.
“Innovations” can be defined as: “Any model, program, initiative, approach, or work-around that contributes to the success and/or improvement of the community as a whole.” An innovation can be as simple as building a community garden in front of the hospital, to subsidizing a bus service that helps rural patients affordably travel out-of-town for healthcare appointments.
By sharing each innovation, we hope that communities can learn from each other’s successes, cross-pollinate ideas, and form new connections with each other.
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