RhPAP values hearing from rural Albertans about health care in their communities.
Throughout the years, RhPAP has been privileged to work alongside our community stakeholders, gaining insight into what communities are most passionate about when it comes to rural health care and service delivery.
As a result of the work of RhPAP’s talented team of Rural Community Consultants with rural communities across the North, South, and Central Zones, we identified a need to connect more regularly with rural Albertans who care about health issues to consistently collect information from across the province on the same topics and at the same time.
In 2019, we developed the Rural Voice Information Panel, or Rural VIP, a provincial platform to offer rural Albertans the opportunity to provide their perspectives on rural health-related matters.
“What is Rural VIP?”
Rural VIP is an ongoing feedback process carried out through short monthly surveys. As of October 2020, 13 surveys have been sent to over 200 rural Albertans who are members of their local health workforce attraction and retention committees, health advisory councils, or provincial advisory councils representing communities with a population of fewer than 15,000 people. RhPAP is also exploring ways to expand the panel to include a greater number of rural voices from across Alberta.
“What are the surveys about?”
The surveys cover a range of topics connected to rural health care. Some examples of past survey topics include mental health, transportation for health services, health professional attraction and retention strategies, the 2019 provincial budget’s potential impacts on rural health care, COVID-19, and more!