The Healthcare Travelling Roadshow was conceived as a grass roots initiative to address rural healthcare workforce shortages. It involves a multidisciplinary group of health-care students from post-secondary institutions around B.C. traveling to rural communities to showcase career opportunities to high school students.
Since 2010, the Healthcare Travelling Roadshow has visited various Northern and rural communities.
- Apr 29 - May 5: Cassiar-Ft. Nelson Roadshow (Smithers, Dease Lake, Watson Lake, Ft. Nelson)
- May 6 - 12: Columbia-Shuswap Roadshow (Sicamous, Revelstoke, Nakusp)
- May 13 - 19: Coastal Roadshow (New Aiyansh, Gingolx, Lak Kw'alaams, Metlakatla)
Goals of the Health Care Travelling Roadshow
1. Showcase healthcare careers as options for rural students.
Formal and informal presentations are done by current healthcare students in rural focused training programs. Since these healthcare students are generally younger than the local parents and healthcare professionals, they are able to speak to the local youth in a language that is more accessible. Informal presentations provide opportunities for local students to examine numerous examples of healthcare equipment and allow for more personal conversations with healthcare students.
2. Showcase the rural community as a career option for healthcare students.
The rural community has an opportunity to introduce the visiting students to the medical community, the hospital or healthcare facility, the broader community and the recreational opportunities that exist.
3. Provide an interdisciplinary experience for the healthcare students.
Healthcare training programs tend to be taught in isolation from the other healthcare professions, though the careers themselves all rely heavily on interdisciplinary interactions. Thus, there is a need to improve interdisciplinary opportunities for students during their training.
Past media coverage
- 2016: Prince Rupert
- 2016: Prince Rupert (TV)
- 2016: Haida Gwaii
- 2016: CFNR Network radio
- 2015: Fort St. John (1)
- 2015: Fort St. John (2)
- 2015: Fort St. John (TV)
- 2015: Dawson Creek
- 2015: Tumbler Ridge
- 2012: Fort Nelson
- 2010: Clearwater
For further information on the Healthcare Travelling Roadshow, please contact Sonya Kruger at firstname.lastname@example.org