A familiar face is taking on a new role in Northern BC. Dr. David Snadden has been appointed as the rural doctors’ UBC Chair in Rural Health. Through a $5 million endowment from the Joint Standing Committee on Rural Issues, Snadden will be working to improve health care in rural and remote areas of the province.
Health Minister Terry Lake announced the appointment at UNBC’s Northern Medical Program. “British Columbians in rural and remote communities face unique challenges in accessing health care.” He added, “I’m pleased to see that Dr. Snadden will continue his work in the area of rural health with this new appointment, collaborating with researchers and practitioners on ways to improve our systems of care in these areas of the province.”
An additional, $350,000 of annual operational funding will be provided over the next five years. It’s hoped the funds will lead to the development of a network of rural health researchers in BC and the establishment of an Advisory Committee on Rural and Remote Health.
Dr. Dermot Kelleher, the dean of the UBC faculty of medicine said the announcement build on the school’s commitment to rural medicine. “With the creation of this chair, we are expanding that commitment to include research, which will help inform and guide our collective efforts to close the delivery gap for health care between our small, more isolated communities and B.C.’s more populated centres.”
Dr Snadden is best known for his leading role with the Northern Medical Program over eight years. Before accepting his new role, he was the executive associate dean of education with the UBC faculty of medicine. “The creation of the Rural Doctors’ UBC Chair in Rural Health will further highlight the work of the exceptionally talented health-care professionals we have in Northern B.C. As the first rural chair in Canada, Dr. Snadden’s work will allow us to better understand and advance health-care service delivery for rural British Columbians,” said Prince George Valemount MLA Shirley Bond.
Snadden’s three-year term is effective immediately.