RhPAP adds three new rural health care perspectives to its Board of Directors February 01, 2018

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.

Representatives of the Alberta Association of Municipal Districts and Counties (AAMDC), the College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CARNA), and the Health Quality Council of Alberta (HQCA) have added their support and expertise to RhPAP, and its efforts to assist rural Alberta communities trying to achieve greater access to health care.

On January 18, 2018, RhPAP Board Chair, Dr. Bert Reitsma, officially welcomed Al Kemmere (President, AAMDC), Sherri di Lallo (Provincial Councilor, CARNA) and Andrew Neuner (Chief Executive Officer, HQCA) to the RhPAP Board of Directors, which also includes representatives of Alberta Health Services, the Alberta Medical Association, and the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta.

According to Dr. Reitsma the expanded board reflects RhPAP’s expanded mandate, and the organization’s transition since 2017 from a rural physician support program, to a rural allied health professionals and community development agency. “Adding these voices will not only strengthen our efforts to improve access to health care in rural communities, it will also help ensure the right supports are being utilized in the right places,” adds Dr. Reitsma.

The new board members offered the following comments about their addition to the RhPAP Board of Directors:

Al Kemmere, President, Alberta Association of Municipal Districts and Counties (AAMDC):

“Access to health care services is key to the people in the communities I represent, and the challenges get more difficult to maintain in the more remote rural areas. It is my hope that I can help those rural and remote communities in being able to source the medical services they require so that their citizens can remain in their communities.”

Sherri di Lallo, Provincial Councilor, College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CARNA):

“The focus of my nursing career has been the promotion of Indigenous health and building working partnerships with rural and remote communities and the health care system.  Being a member of the RhPAP Board allows me to capitalize on my experience and my knowledge of the challenges faced by health professionals in rural communities.” 

Andrew Neuner, Chief Executive Officer, Health Quality Council of Alberta (HQCA):

“My experiences supporting and managing operations throughout rural British Columbia shaped my perspective and approach to provincial health improvement work, always keeping rural and remote needs in mind, and I look forward to helping RhPAP at a governance level to make meaningful differences for the patients, families and providers in rural and remote Alberta.” 

RhPAP is an extraordinary rural focused service, unique in Canada in the breadth of services provided. We are successful in that we employ extraordinarily passionate people, who truly desire to help rural Albertans. We are guided by a thoughtful, competent, and experienced Board of Directors, the majority of whom live and work outside of Alberta’s major urban centres, and whose role is to ensure excellence in governance, and that all corners of our province are represented.

Established in 1991 by the Government of Alberta as the Alberta Rural Physician Action Plan, a renewed Rural Health Professions Action Plan, or RhPAP, is a collaborative partner and trusted advocate for rural Alberta communities trying to achieve greater access to health care. We are grateful to Alberta Health for its continued financial support.

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For more information please contact:

 

Bernard C. Anderson

Executive Director

Rural Health Professions Action Plan

Tel: 1-780-720-7332

bernard.anderson@rhpap.ca

Jonathan Koch

Director, Communications, Marketing and Research

Rural Health Professions Action Plan

Tel: 587-987-4325

jonathan.koch@rhpap.ca

 

 

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