Rural Health Professions Actions Plan

Rhapsody Awards: Celebrating rural health excellence in Alberta

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Since 2002, the RhPAP Awards program has celebrated rural Alberta’s health-care heroes and rural communities with a healthy dose of recognition.

This year, we are reintroducing our awards as the RhPAP “Rhapsody Awards”: a play on our name, a recognition of our renewed and expanded mandate, and a celebration of those individuals, teams, and communities that have made significant civic and health-care contributions in rural and remote Alberta communities.

Rhapsody Award Categories

Rural Alberta Physician of Distinction  

Initially founded in 2002, this Rhapsody Award recognizes the contributions of rural physicians, especially those “unsung heroes,” who provide Alberta rural communities with outstanding patient care and make notable contributions to medical practice and to their communities.


Rural Alberta Community Health Professional Attraction and Retention  

Initially founded in 2007, this Rhapsody Award recognizes a rural Alberta community that has developed innovative and collaborative approaches to successfully attract and retain health-care professional(s) in their area.


Rural Alberta Health-care Heroes (Individual or Team)  

New in 2018, these Rhapsody Awards recognize rural Alberta health professionals or teams that demonstrate superior commitment to their patients, health-care team, and community.



RhPAP celebrates Rhapsody Award recipients in their home communities.

If your nominee is successful, RhPAP will work with the nominator and / or designated community members to honour the successful recipient at a community recognition event.

Celebrations include a Rhapsody Award presentation at a recognition event in your community, including the production and airing of a video, profiling the recipient, or recipients, and their contributions to the health and well-being of their community.

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