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Source: University of Northern British Columbia

UNBC and Prince George to Host National Rural Health Conference

October 12, 2006

One of the
biggest rural health conferences ever to be held in Northern BC will be in
Prince George from October 19-21. Nearly 200 delegates are expected to
attend and more than 100 presentations will be given on topics ranging from
rural health care access and aboriginal health services to preparing health
practitioners for rural practice. The conference is being presented by the
Canadian Rural Health Research Society and will take place at the Prince
George Civic Centre.

The mission of the Society is to facilitate research aimed at improving the
health of people living in rural and remote Canada. Taking part in the
conference will be researchers, educators, health care providers,
policy-makers, health care planners and administrators, and others
interested in rural health issues.

Access a PDF file of the conference schedule by clicking this link.

"Connecting research to improving the day-to-day practice of health care
delivery is a top priority for the people attending this conference," says
Martha MacLeod, a professor of Nursing at UNBC and the conference Chair.
"The presentations will present research on key health and safety issues
affecting rural Canadians along with effective strategies to recruit and
retain nurses and physicians in rural areas. We’ll also be examining the
results of health programs that were developed by health agencies,
agricultural producers, and communities across Canada."

Among the presenters will be UBC professor Brett Finlay, Director of the
SARS Accelerated Vaccine Initiative, who will give a keynote address titled
"Battling the Bugs: Confronting the Microbial Menace" on Friday, October 20,
at 9am. The following day, Saturday, October 21, also at 9am, plenary
speakers Warner Adam and Mary Teegee from Carrier Sekani Family Services
will talk about "Culture, Clan Systems and Colonialism: Impacts on Today’s
Health and Social Issues." Both talks will be at the Civic Centre.

UNBC is a national leader in teaching and research aimed at rural health and
human development.

For more information about the conference, visit the website:

Martha MacLeod, Nursing professor, UNBC – 250.960.5262
Donna Bentham, Rural and Remote Nursing Research Coordinator, UNBC –
Rob van Adrichem, Director of Media and Public Relations, UNBC –



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