Practice Improvement Hub
The Rural Coordination Centre of BC (RCCbc) is a member of the Practice Improvement Hub, a venue for health care organizations to develop relationships, collaborate on mutually beneficial activities, and learn from one another. The Hub was developed in recognition that health services are delivered and/or influenced by a wide range of organizations with provincial mandates that do much of their work independently. RCCbc involvement is critical because many organizations with provincial mandates view their programs through the lens of larger, more concentrated population centres. As a result of the relatively independent activity and the focus on larger population centres, systemic issues and the unique nature of rural communities and health services are often not well understood or considered. The Hub supports relationship development and synergistic
activity between interested organizations that assist physicians, and those with whom they work, to improve health services.
RCCbc’s involvement with and leadership of the Hub helps ensure that the rural perspective is understood and considered by participating organizations. This increases awareness of differences between rural and non-rural health services and creates opportunities to influence priorities and program development to leverage positive (and reduce negative) impacts by member organizations on rural health services. Further, the Hub has become a venue to leverage RCCbc activities, including Compassionate Leadership training, partnership, and learning health care system work.
Making a Difference
“The Hub continues to act as a venue to increase understanding of rural physicians’ and communities’ needs,” says Dr. Dan Horvat, who co-chairs the Practice Improvement Hub and chairs several of its working groups. “It also allows us the opportunity to share RCCbc’s work with provincial organizational leaders.”
Further, the creation of a cohort for Compassionate Leadership training “has provided participating organizations with practical and inspiring training that has the potential to not only influence organizational leaders, but, through them, organizations that are central to the delivery of health services, including rural health services, in British Columbia,” says Dr. Horvat. “This has great potential to reduce racism and increase cultural sensitivity of health services and, in doing so, to contribute to making real the recommendations of the In Plain Sight report and the Truth and Reconciliation calls to action.”
In the coming year, the Hub and its working groups will continue to seek opportunities for further alignment and partnerships and remain a venue for RCCbc’s work to influence provincial organizations whose mandate includes rural health services.
“Our ultimate goal,” says Dr. Horvat, “is to support improvements in health service delivery and ensure that rural physicians’ and communities’ needs are understood, and that actions taken by provincial organizations are informed by this perspective.”
Dig in Deeper
BC College of Physicians and Surgeons
BC College of Family Physicians
BC Medical Quality Initiative
Health Data Coalition
Joint Clinical Committees
BC Emergency Medicine Network
Shared Care Committee’s Chronic Disease Community of Practice
Physician Quality Initiative
Divisions of Family Practice
UBC Departments of Family Practice, Faculty Development, Continuing Professional Development, and Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion