Annapolis Valley Register : 2020-03-19

HEALTH : 6 : A6

HEALTH

HEALTH A6 • THURSDAY, MARCH 19, 2020 ANNAPOLIS VALLEY REGISTER • SALTWIRE.COM THE COLLABORAT­IVE ‘It takes community engagement’ Funding announced to support doctor retention, recruitmen­t efforts in Annapolis Valley PAUL PICKREM SPECIAL TO SALTWIRE The Nova Scotia government is partnering with two community-led projects in the Annapolis Valley to bring the personal touch to physician recruitmen­t and retainment. On March 13, Kings West MLA Leo Glavine, provincial Minister of Communitie­s Culture and Heritage, announced a $20,000 grant to the Annapolis Valley Chamber of Commerce and $10,000 to the Town of Middleton under the Culture Innovation Fund. It will be used by community leaders and volunteers to find out what factors attract new physicians to start their career in the Valley, as well as what would convince the ten medical residents who spend the first two years of their practice at Kentville’s Valley Regional Hospital to settle in and stay. As part of the announceme­nt, the Annapolis Valley Chamber of Commerce (AVCC) said it is kicking off a new project that will connect medical residents with volunteers in the community to provide one-on-one support to encourage doctors to stay once their residency is complete. The chamber will also gather informatio­n to help the community better understand local issues and opportunit­ies related to doctor recruitmen­t and retention and produce digital marketing tools, including videos. The chamber is also raising funds to hire a part-time coordinato­r for a one-year term to work one-on-one with residents to solve practical issues like securing accommodat­ions. The co-ordinator will also organize networking events connecting doctors with young members of the business community who However, they might not get a sense of where they are going to live and what the community has to offer them and their family. “This is now bridging that gap,” Glavine said. The Town of Middleton said it plans to use the $10,000 grant to continue its work to build a community of support for doctors and their families. This project includes conducting focus groups and interviews with doctors and families who have moved to the area in the last five years and building programs that draw from best-practices in other communitie­s. Representa­tives from the counties of Annapolis and Kings, villages of Kingston and Greenwood, and the Soldiers Memorial Hospital Foundation will be invited to sit on the steering committee for this project. Jodi MacKay, deputy mayor of the Town of Wolfville, also believes the personal touch will be useful in the recruitmen­t and retention of doctors. “The human connection is better than anything else,” she said during an interview on the day of the announceme­nt. “If we can bring that to the table, I think we will have great success.” chose to live and work in the Valley, as well as activities that accentuate the amenities and attraction­s in the area, such as tubing the Gaspereau River, visiting wineries and pubs, or hiking Cape Split. The co-ordinator will report to a nine-person committee representi­ng the business community and several municipal partners in the project called The Collaborat­ive. “Most people choose to live somewhere because they feel a sense of community and a connection to the community,” chamber vice-president Mark Vardy said during a telephone interview. “The chamber and I feel it takes community engagement and a real effort from the community to do that. We are trying to have real human connection and interactio­n and form lasting bonds to our wonderful community.” Glavine said people who live in a community can help a visiting doctor get a feel for that community better than the government can. He said a physician on a site visit could get a quick sense of the medical infrastruc­ture by visiting local doctors and touring the Valley Regional Hospital. DW>KzD Ed KWWKZdhE/dz The County of Annapollii­s iinviites applliicat­iions for the follllowii­ng summer posiitiion­s: RAVEN HAVEN BEACHSIDE FAMILY PARK Siite Superviiso­r (must be prepared to lliive on siite) 2 Canteen Workers 2 Liifeguard­s x x x ! ! ! (mustt have currentt qualliiffi­icattiions as a Nattiional­l Liiffeguar­d) ! " ## " # Allll applliican­ts must proviide proof of the follllowii­ng - Chiilld Abuse Regiistry or Vullnerabl­le Sector Check, Criimiinal­l Records check and WHIMIS 2015 certiifiic­atiion. Pllease submiit your current checks at tiime of submiittii­ng resume. 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