Rural Health Professions Action Plan

    RhPAP adds three new rural health care perspectives to its Board of Directors

    Rural Health Professions Action Plan (RhPAP) is pleased to welcome three new members representing rural Alberta, registered nurses, and quality health care organizations, to the RhPAP Board of Directors.

    Register now for the 2018 RhPAP Community Conference

    Representatives of rural Alberta health professions attraction and retention committees, and interested community members, are invited to attend the two-day event. This year’s conference theme is ‘Stepping it up’, and will feature presentations, seminars, a community focused workshop, and gala honouring this year’s RhPAP Award recipients. 

    Sylvan Family Health Centre receives prestigious award

    The Sylvan Family Health Centre has received the Patient’s Medical Home Outstanding Family Practice Award from the Alberta College of Family Physicians. This prestigious award recognizes excellence and leadership in patient and community care while also exhibiting the principles of the Patient’s Medical Home...

    Camrose physician who shapes “Young Medical Minds” recognized for medical leadership, community contributions

    Dr. Chris Nichol, who has served Camrose and area for almost two decades, is the recipient of the 2017 Rural Health Professions Action Plan (RhPAP) Rural Physician Award of Distinction. 

    Sylvan Lake Pharmacist Is Part of A New Trend at Health Clinics

    Linda Zouboules is a clinical pharmacist at the Sylvan Family Health Centre....

    City and County collaboration works wonders for Brooks, County of Newell

    A joint effort by two southeastern Alberta communities to maintain an accessible health workforce close to home is being honoured. Joint Services Committee, representing both the City of Brooks and the County of Newell, has been selected as the recipient of the 2017 RhPAP Alberta Rural Community Physician Attraction and Retention Award. 

    Dr. Tom Phillips of Spirit River honoured by CPSA

    Dr. Tom Phillips has served the Spirit River community for nearly 50 years. On August 12, 2017 he was surprised with an award from the Alberta College of Physicians and Surgeons. In this video, we ask community members what Dr. Phillips has meant to Spirit River....

    Training with the entire health care team

    Why is it important to involve the entire health care team in training events? Dr. Gavin Parker explains...

    ‘I didn't feel that I am alone’ - Swan Hills uses its greatest asset to attract healthcare professionals

    Nestled within Alberta’s boreal forest, near the geographical centre of the province, Swan Hills is a community steeped in history, industry, and recreation. A former oilfield base camp, the town has grown to a community full of opportunities both professional and personal....

    At home under a big sky: Milk River Health Professionals

    Registered nurses Lori Kemble and Bailey Balog both came to the Milk River Health Centre right after finishing their nursing degree. Often new graduates fear that they will have to work alone in a rural setting. Both Lori and Bailey found that wasn't the case at all in Milk River. The healthcare team, like the town itself, was more than welcoming....

    The CARE Course comes to Pincher Creek

    Healthcare teams in the Pincher Creek area work together in teams to treat simulated emergency situations. One big advantage of a Comprehensive Approaches to Rural Emergencies (CARE) Course in your own community is that you get to work with the same team you would be with in a real emergency. ...

    What challenges do you face in rural healthcare? Liz Cook, Crowsnest Pass

    Liz Cook, Acute Care Unit Manager, Crowsnest Pass Health Centre, explains some of the challenges that she faces practicing healthcare in a rural setting

    Why This Advanced Care Paramedic Loves Working In Alberta's Far North

    Advanced Care Paramedic Vincent Daze used to work as part of an ambulance crew in Edmonton. Looking for a change, and an opportunity to work to full scope, he took a position in Fort Chipewyan. And loves it!

    Feels Like Home: The RhPAP Milk River Medical Skills Experience

    Milk River opened the eyes and minds of future health professionals to a world of future work force opportunities..

    Fort McMurray is ‘opportunity never ending’ for medical professionals

    RhPAP Skills Weekend highlights careers, lifestyle options for healthcare students in Wood Buffalo...

    Milk River Skills Weekend triggers interest in rural health careers

    Milk River hosts its very first Skills Day Event. 49 healthcare students from Calgary learn about suturing, IV starts, intubation, spinal immobilization, physiotherapy and wound care. As well, they get an introduction to both rural practice and the rural lifestyle....

    Rural Alberta clinics receive prestigious award

    Moose & Squirrel Medical Clinic of Sundre and Sylvan Family Health Centre in Sylvan Lake have been honoured as recipients of the Alberta College of Family Physician's Outstanding Family Practice Award for Alberta in 2017.

    The 3 Keys to Successful Physician Attraction and Retention in Bonnyville

    Dr. Hendrik van der Watt shares the top three reasons that they have been so successful at attracting and retaining physicians in Bonnyville

    A huge turnout for first-ever high school Skills Event in Fort Chipewyan

    RhPAP and CAREERS: The Next Generation teamed up and journeyed to Alberta's far northeast to host a skills day event for students of Athabasca Delta Community School. It was fun for the students to experience hands-on learning about health professions. And it was fun for us to learn more about Alberta's oldest settlement and meet some of the friendly people there.

    Our 2018 Conference is less than a month away - so register today!

    Don't miss our annual conference 'Steppin' It Up: A Renewed Impact' April 10-12 at the JBS Centre in Brooks, AB.


    We want to hear from you!

    Over a year ago the Rural Physician Action Plan (RPAP) asked you, our rural partners, how we could improve as an organization dedicated to serving rural physicians and medical residents and students. Your comments drove our transition from RPAP to the Rural Health Professions Action Plan (RhPAP). For details on our transition please follow this link to our strategic plan.
    As our new fiscal year is just around the corner, there is no need to wait for our next survey to share with our team what it is you think we can do better to serve rural Alberta.
    Here are a number of ways you can connect with us:
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    Contact our Leadership Team
    # Send a message to @AlbertaRhPAP on Social Media
    If there is currently something you feel is not working, please let us know what that is, and how you feel we could improve. If you have any ideas that RhPAP can build upon within the context of our mandate, please share.
    Your opinion really does matter.
    Bernard C Anderson
    Executive Director

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