Rural Health Professions Actions Plan

Alberta Rural Health Week

Celebrate the contributions of health workers to quality of life in rural Alberta.

Every spring, RhPAP celebrates celebrates the contributions of health workers to quality of life in rural Alberta during Alberta Rural Health Week.

Alberta Rural Health Week is an opportunity to focus attention and raise awareness about both the challenges and success stories related to rural health.

Health-care Professional Appreciation

Like many other professionals, rural health-care providers are powerful assets in their local communities.  Not only do their health-care skills and practices enhance the quality of rural life, but rural health professionals also contribute to rural life on a more personal level.  They have special relationships with patients and the rural health-care team because they live and work alongside them as family, friends, neighbours and community volunteers. 

We encourage communities to show appreciation for the contributions of rural health-care professionals through simple means such as:


March 30 - National Doctor's Day

March 30 of each year is National Doctors' Day: an internationally recognized event, held annually to recognize and show appreciate to physicians for their work in society.


The first National Doctors' Day was observed in the United States on on March 30, 1933, when Ms. Eudora Brown Almond of Winder, Georgia conceived the idea to honour the first administration of anesthesia in Jefferson, Georgia almost 100 years earlier.

In Canada, many communities recognize the day on March 30. Appreciation for physicians can be shown with a card, a simple gift or an event. A number of communities around Alberta organize physician appreciation activities to say thank you to their healthcare heores.

What can you do?

RhPAP encourages communities to come up with an activity to show its appreciation for their health-care providers that is unique to the community.

Flashback: What communities did to say "thank you" to rural Alberta's healthcare heroes in 2014

Looking for ideas?

For those who want to celebrate and aren't sure where to start, RhPAP Rural Community Consultnats can help. You can contact them at

Tell us about your celebration!

What did your community do to recognize your healthcare heroes? Send us a note, a photo or quick video clip, and we'll share your story with the world!

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