Grants to come for health-care students in the north

Communities in Northern B.C. will invest more than $215,000 to support local health-care student education and recruitment initiatives

Directors of the Northern Medical Programs Trust 2016-17:  (L-R) Paul Winwood

Directors of the Northern Medical Programs Trust 2016-17:  (L-R) Paul Winwood

Communities in Northern B.C. will invest more than $215,000 in the coming year, through the Northern Medical Programs Trust, to support local health-care student education and recruitment initiatives in the North.

The Trust, a partnership between UNBC and more than 30 northern local governments, provides financial support for students in the Northern Medical Program, the Nursing program, and the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) graduate program. In addition to continued support for established grants in 2016-17, Northern Medical Programs Trust (NMPT) members approved funding for two new initiatives at their recent annual general meeting:

· A bursary program for UNBC undergraduate students with demonstrated financial need who intend to apply for a health professional program at UNBC.

· A Family Nurse Practitioner Award available to FNP graduates who accept a nursing position within the region of the North Central Local Government Association (up to two awards).

Trust investment helps health-care students integrate unique clinical experiences in northern and rural communities with their education. More than 550 student awards have been disbursed since the NMPT first began providing awards in 2006.

“With support from the Trust, a fellow student and I undertook a shadowing opportunity in Valemount with a local physician who spent a lot of time with us talking about rural medicine and its unique challenges,” said Ross Williams, a second-year Northern Medical Program student. “We learned about patient transfers and on-call responsibility, as well as the importance of community engagement and using a team-based approach to patient care.”

During the AGM, Trust members re-elected Electoral Area C Director John Massier from the Cariboo Regional District as NMPT president. Massier also serves as the Cariboo Chilcotin Regional Hospital District Chair. Lyn Hall, mayor of Prince George, was elected as NMPT Vice-President.

“Since its start, the Trust has been focused on the recruitment and retention of health-care professionals in Northern communities,” said Director Massier. “Through clinical opportunities supported by the NMPT, students are able to experience northern lifestyle and rural health service delivery first-hand, helping them better understand, and envision, future practice and career opportunities in our region.”

Since its establishment in 2002, the NMPT has been one of the most popular designations for UNBC donations and the endowment is currently valued at more than $9.5 million.


Just Posted

A person receives a COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination clinic run by Vancouver Coastal Health, in Richmond, B.C., Saturday, April 10, 2021. Northern Health confirmed it has the lowest vaccination rates amongst the province’s five regional health authorities. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)
Vaccination rates in Vanderhoof, Fraser Lake, Fort St James well below provincial average

COVID-19 immunization clinics for youth 12+ coming up in Fort St. James

Steve McAdam (left) is studying substrate conditions in the Nechako River and how they impact sturgeon eggs. The work will help design habitat restoration measures, said McAdam. (Rebecca Dyok photo)
Sturgeon egg studies to help inform future habitat restoration

“It’s an interesting, challenging issue,” says Steve McAdam

Saik’uz First Nation Coun. Jasmine Thomas and Chief Priscilla Mueller speak about the need for addiction treatment facility near Vanderhoof, March 2021. (Aman Parhar/Omineca Express)
Vanderhoof addiction treatment centre tries again with ministry support

Agriculture minister insists she is not interfering in land commission

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau participates in a plenary session at the G7 Summit in Carbis Bay, England on Friday June 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Canada donating 13M surplus COVID-19 vaccine doses to poor countries

Trudeau says the government will pay for 87 million shots to be distributed to poor countries

Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller is seen during a news conference, Wednesday May 19, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Indigenous child-welfare battle heads to court despite calls for Ottawa to drop cases

Feds are poised to argue against two Canadian Human Rights Tribunal rulings

The Great Ogopogo Bathtub Race has been held in Summerland as a fundraising event. Do you know which Canadian city introduced this sport? (Black Press file photo)
QUIZ: A summer’s day at the water

How much do you know about boats, lakes and water?

Two-year-old Ivy McLeod laughs while playing with Lucky the puppy outside their Chilliwack home on Thursday, June 10, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
VIDEO: B.C. family finds ‘perfect’ puppy with limb difference for 2-year-old Ivy

Ivy has special bond with Lucky the puppy who was also born with limb difference

A million-dollar ticket was sold to an individual in Vernon from the Lotto Max draw Friday, June 11, 2021. (Photo courtesy of BCLC)
Lottery ticket worth $1 million sold in Vernon

One lucky individual holds one of 20 tickets worth $1 million from Friday’s Lotto Max draw

“65 years, I’ve carried the stories in my mind and live it every day,” says Jack Kruger. (Athena Bonneau)
‘Maybe this time they will listen’: Survivor shares stories from B.C. residential school

Jack Kruger, living in Syilx territory, wasn’t surprised by news of 215 children’s remains found on the grounds of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School

A logging truck carries its load down the Elaho Valley near in Squamish, B.C. in this file photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chuck Stoody
Squamish Nation calls for old-growth logging moratorium in its territory

The nation says 44% of old-growth forests in its 6,900-square kilometre territory are protected while the rest remain at risk

Flowers and cards are left at a makeshift memorial at a monument outside the former Kamloops Indian Residential School to honour the 215 children whose remains are believed to have been discovered buried near the city in Kamloops, B.C., on Monday, May 31, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
‘Pick a Sunday:’ Indigenous leaders ask Catholics to stay home, push for apology

Indigenous leaders are calling on Catholics to stand in solidarity with residential school survivors by not attending church services

Most Read