RHSRNbc Virtual Research Symposium

The goal of our work is to build rural community resiliency through relationships. The 2022 symposium aims to work with a learning community in exploring and understanding the resiliency and transformation of rural communities from several perspectives, including physicians, community, and Indigenous Peoples.

Join us virtually on Zoom for two half-days to explore rural community resiliency from a plurality of perspectives, discussing ways to apply knowledge and brainstorming opportunities to generate new knowledge and extend the research.

Save the date:
May 25th & 26th, 2022
9am-12pm PDT


This program meets the certification criteria of the College of Family Physicians of Canada and has been certified by UBC CPD for up to 5.5 Mainpro+ Group Learning credits.

Who We Are

The Rural Health Services Research Network of BC (RHSRNbc) is funded by the Rural Coordination Centre of BC and is located within the Department of Family Practice at UBC.

The primary goals of RHSRNbc are to support capacity building in rural health services research through providing funding opportunities, online resources, and fostering partnerships among health authorities, students, various rural health professionals, and universities to better support rural health services research.

RHSRNbc Director

Dr. Stefan Grzybowski’s lifelong clinical focus has been on working with vulnerable populations in diverse settings, including in Haida Gwaii (1983 to 1994), inner-city Vancouver (1995 to 2006), and then in remote Northern Communities as a rural locum. In his early years of rural clinical experience, he recognized the need for research addressing the effectiveness and sustainability of rural health care services. After completing a Master’s degree, he and his family relocated to Vancouver in mid-career, and he served the DFP in the position of Director of Research for 10 years. He has been an academic professor in the Department of Family Practice at UBC since July 2006. He has more than 70 peer-reviewed publications and has been PI and Co-PI on a number of CIHR grants. Dr. Grzybowski has an abiding focus on rural health services research and building research capacity, both of which are exercised through his current position as Co-Director of the Centre for Rural Health Research. His current research focuses on advancing rural community resilience to climate change and ecosystem disruption and developing rural BC health services catchment maps.

The RHSRNbc is situated on the unceded, traditional, ancestral territories of the Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), and səlílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.


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