In November 2017, the Canadian Institutes of Health in collaboration with Health Canada sponsored the “Best Brains Exchange” to ensure that Canadians living in rural communities have equitable access to health care services. Rural communities are defined as locations with a core population with fewer than 10,000 people and where less than 50% of the population commutes to larger urban centres for work. The Best Brains Exchange is an informal forum for interaction, exchange and mutual learning between researchers and decision makers in order to support and facilitate evidence-informed policy making.
The Best Brains Exchange was tasked with sharing research and implementation evidence to create an inventory of practical, cost-effective and innovative approaches that could be implemented over the next 10-15 years.
Invited panelists included:
They were asked to address the following key questions.
The CRNCC is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and Ryerson University
The HSPRN is supported by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care (MOHLTC)