The British Columbia Rural and Remote Health Research network is one of eight Health of Population (HoPN) Research Networks initiated by the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research to support and develop the networking of health researchers across disciplines and the many institutions in BC. The main impetus behind the formation of these networks is to build capacity, facilitate and enhance BC’s ability to address health issues, and align health research in BC with national and international research and funding priorities to improve competitiveness for external funding.
The BCRRHRN is housed at the University of Northern British Columbia, with a satellite site at the University of British Columbia. The Network is headed by two Scientific Co-Leaders from different disciplines, with one Co-Leader at each of the two sites. Staff include a Network Manager (UNBC), a Site Coordinator (UBC), and a student research assistant (UNBC).