Network of Rural Divisions

The Network of Rural Divisions enables physician leaders and executive directors from 20 rural Divisions of Family Practice in British Columbia (BC) to connect and engage in a safe space. Members discuss successes and challenges experienced in their communities, or by healthcare providers and the Divisions, as well as 

potential solutions to challenges. The Network provides a unique opportunity for members to learn from others’ diverse, but common, rural experiences, bridging multiple geographic regions and health authorities, and bringing rural Divisions together to create a common understanding.  

Our Achievements

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Created a safe and egalitarian space for Divisions to share information and conversation

In 2021–2022, the Network of Rural Divisions continued to act as a lifeboat for members, who came together virtually as equals to share information and conversation and lift each other up. For the entirety of the year, monthly 7 a.m. meetings and noon-hour “lunch and learn” sessions were very well attended, consistently attracting between 25 and 35 people, including the majority of the Divisions. The Network’s meetings have not only been informational, but conversational, by ensuring equal time for information sharing and question and answer exchanges. Members continued to value discussion and understanding, rather than only the dissemination and absorption of information.

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Met with GPSC co-chairs and executives on challenges of rural family medicine

On two separate occasions, the Network met with General Practice Services Committee (GPSC) representatives from the Ministry of Health and Doctors of BC. Highlights included several Divisions sharing their work with a focus on innovation, communication, and partnerships. The meetings helped participants understand local and regional challenges and successes, and informed provincial-level work that is happening in rural BC.

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Hosted virtual lunch and learns with guest speakers

In addition to the monthly open agenda” meetings on Thursdays at 7 a.m., the Network added a virtual “lunch and learn” session via Zoom once a month. This opportunity created space for Divisions and invited guests to speak with the group about relevant topics. Guests included representatives from the Rural Coordination Centre of BC, Palliative Care Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes (ECHO) Project, Rural Personal Health Records Project, and others. It became a great place to share and exchange ideas from a multitude of organizations.  

Making a Difference

The Network of Rural Divisions continued to create time and space for leaders, physicians, and Divisions to connect. The culture of the group continued to be equitable, open, and transparent.  

“We held our agendas very loosely and could adapt based on hot topics affecting us all,” explains Dr. Josh Greggain, who co-leads the Network with Dr. Brenda Huff. “We ensured that we were reflecting the voices of our Divisions, members, and communities, and not leading our own agenda. And we continued to value each other, each of our experiences and challenges, while coming to solutions together.” 

In the coming year, the Network of Rural Divisions will continue to provide a place for safe and open dialogue for all rural Divisions across the province. 

 “There has been much conversation around awareness of the rural benefits and challenges in family medicine,” says Dr. Greggain. “The Network will continue to create connection points across the province, including with entities that can influence rural medicine, and in our respective communities.”

Team Members

Dr. Brenda Huff
Dr. Brenda Huff

Dr. Josh Greggain
Dr. Josh Greggain
Paul Kendal

Paul Kendal

Networks Coordinator