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Aging in Place in Rural and Remote Regions Study – Call for Research Advisory Committee Participants

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Open to Provincial Region, Patient partners from the Interior Health region

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Researchers from Thompson Rivers University, University of British Columbia – Okanagan and University of Northern British Columbia are looking to fill two spots on the Research Advisory Committee for a study on aging in place in rural and remote regions.

The study aims to compare how three Seniors Health and Wellness Centres in Interior Health are meeting their goals (as outcomes of healthcare restructuring) and addressing the priorities of rural older adults and their social determinants of health. It will also describe Northern Health’s similar restructuring work, and compare the restructuring efforts of Northern Health and Interior Health.

The Research Advisory Committee serves to ensure inclusion of diverse older adult voices in the study; provide guidance on participant recruitment, data collection, and interpretation and sharing of research results, and inform the research team of policy, community, and practice initiatives related to the study. We will have 3-4 online virtual meetings between March and September 2021. An honorarium will be provided for your time and we can help to cover travel costs, should you be required to travel to attend virtually.

Interested in becoming a Research Advisory Committee member?
We are seeking membership and guidance of diverse older adults to help ensure the study includes a strong emphasis on social determinants of health in order to explore how they relate to experiences of accessing care in rural and remote communities.

At this point, we are looking to recruit members who:
– are older adults (65+)
– identify as Indigenous or as a member of a visible minority group
– who have had experience accessing IH healthcare services

Please send an e-mail to to introduce yourself!
We would love to hear from you. Thank you for your interest!

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