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We hope to have two or three representatives from various regions of Alberta to help voice and promote our interests. The committee welcomes applicants from students to retired members! Please submit a personal letter and CV to

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Rural Health Professions Action Plan (RhPAP)

Established in 1991 as the Rural Physician Action Plan, a renewed Rural Health Professions Action Plan, or RhPAP, is a small non-governmental organization, funded by the Alberta Ministry of Health. RhPAP is overseen by a mix of rural and urban directors, with representation from Alberta Health Services, College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta, Alberta Medical Association, College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta, Health Quality Council of Alberta, and the Rural Municipalities of Alberta. Our goal is to help rural Alberta have and sustain the right number of rural health practitioners in the right places, offering the right services, through community and professional development programs, services, and evidence informed advocacy.

If you’re a rural physician practising in rural Alberta right now, and are looking toward support for professional development, RhPAP may be able to cover a variety of costs and related expenses. You can find out more about the different programs we offer here. If you have any specific questions please contact our program coordinator: Collette Featherstone 

For more information visit our website:

Find RhPAP on Social Media:  @AlbertaRhPAP 

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"Driving Rural Access to Vaccines" with Drive Happiness

Drive Happiness (DH) is a nonprofit organization with a mission to enhance mobility and connect older adults to the resources needed to live and age well; by providing access to affordable transportation. This is made possible through our volunteer drivers in the community who use their vehicles to drive seniors to medical appointments, the grocery store, and other engagements they may have.

Established in 1998, DH has proven to be a force in enhancing the quality of life for countless members of our aging community. Through fostering trusting, reliable, safe services, we provided thousands of rides, enabling adults to mobilize without restriction. 

The Public Health Agency of Canada funded Drive Happiness through the Immunization Partnership Fund to increase access to vaccines, creating "Driving Rural Access to Vaccines"; A project addressing transportation barriers to vaccine appointments. To do this, we use our volunteer-based transportation program. 

We aim to increase access to vaccines in rural Alberta, filling the transportation gaps as a supplementary service in rural communities. A trusted and safe resource the community can lean on.

DRAV and DH are looking for more community partners and volunteers in Grande Prairie and Grande Prairie County. We have established a small base of volunteer drivers in the region thus far and are ready to take on riders!

Any resident of Grande Prairie or the County of Grande Prairie who needs transportation to a vaccine appointment, regardless of age, can contact us. We will get back to them within one business day to book transportation for their vaccine appointment, free of charge.

Three Simple Steps to accessing our DRAV transportation program:

Step one: Contact us (1-888-336-4503 extension 0)

Step two: Arrange your ride by leaving a voicemail (Include your: name, phone number, address for pick up and drop off dose number, and appointment details – time, date, location). Please try to give us a few days' notice when booking, and we will call you back to confirm!

Step three: A volunteer will pick you up and drop you off for free! (No charge)

I have attached our new posters and brochures that we can provide and a link to our website. To contact us or for any additional inquiries, do not hesitate to reach out by phone toll-free number (1-888-336-4503) or email (; we would be more than happy to address them! 

Thank you so much, and we look forward to hearing from you.

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