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RhPAP 2018 Community Conference - Stepping It Up: A Renewed Impact

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JBS Canada Centre

323 – 1 St E

Brooks, AB


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The 2018 A&R conference plans are moving forward! “Stepping It Up: A Renewed Impact” will be the theme of this year’s event to occur in Brooks on April 11-12, 2018.

A conference keynote speaker will share what the renewal process looks like, with a focus on how it can strengthen the impact of communities’ attraction and retention work in rural Alberta. Panels and members will speak to what renewal has looked like in their rural communities. S sessions will explore the continuum of health professions in rural Alberta, and how best to enhance community attraction and retention within that continuum, and the impact of enhanced collaboration and partnership by those supporting healthcare in rural communities.. Concurrent sessions, which will occur in two separate blocks of time during the conference, will offer registrants the opportunity to attend two specific sessions of their choice.

A respected leader in community development and engagement will facilitate a workshop focused on strategies to enhance community programs and plans, which will further the learnings on renewal and impact.

A variety of practical tools and techniques will be shared with participants at this two-day conference and workshop combo.

A networking evening with drinks, snacks and musical entertainment will be held at the Red Roof Studio on Apr. 10th. Shuttle bus transportation will be available for this evening.

An evening Gala celebrating the 2017 RhPAP Community Award recipient will also be part of the experience!


Tuesday April 10th evening:

7:00 – 10:00 - Networking evening - local musical entertainment, wine and cheese

Wednesday April 11th:

7:30 – 8:00 Registration

7:30 - 8:30 Buffet breakfast

8:30 – 9:00 Welcoming remarks

9:00 –10:30 Stepping It Up to Get ‘Er Done (Keynote speaker Brenda Herchmer, Campus for Communities)
Revitalizing and rejuvenating communities to attract and retain health care professionals requires the traditional get ‘er done attitude of rural communities in combination with both grassroots and grasstops leadership. While there’s no doubt its complicated, there is a growing consensus that a community without silos will be essential for ensuring the needed partnerships and transformation. Brenda will share key learnings, strategies, and inspiring stories from across the country that reflect the community building and community development approach that will ensure citizen engagement, impactful and relevant community programs, services, and initiatives, and ultimately, transformative change and innovation.

10:30–11:00 Refreshment and networking break

11:00–12:00 Health Professions in Rural Alberta Panel - Knowing the Landscape from Research Findings to Current Community Experiences the Big Picture

12:00 – 1:00 Buffet Lunch

1:00 – 2:10 Health Professions in Rural Alberta – On the Ground Experiences

2:10 – 3:20 Attraction and Retention continuum

3:20 – 3:35 Coffee Break

3:35 – 4:45 Collaboration and Partnership in Rural Health

4:45 – 5:15 Wrap up of the day and setting the stage for next day’s workshop (Brenda Herchmer)

6:15 – 7:15 Cash bar and networking (Heritage Inn Hotel and Convention Centre)

7:15 –10:30 Banquet and Community Award


7:30 – 8:30 Buffet breakfast

8:30 – 9:00 Review of yesterday, what happens today

9:00 – 10:15 Workshop: A Get ‘Er Done Guide to Transforming Communities (Brenda Herchmer with Grassroots Enterprises)
This fun, and interactive workshop will share boots-on-the-ground strategies, resources, and tools that both emerging and seasoned leaders will be able to apply in their own organizations and communities to mobilize and lever existing assets. Upon completion of this workshop participants will be better able to: (1) utilize leadership development activities to help themselves and others learn and grow as community leaders; (2) articulate the value and importance of community building, (3) apply an outcome-driven planning framework that uses a community development approach, and (4) use a number of facilitative techniques designed to engage and strengthen a collaborative approach.

10:15 - 10:30 Refreshment break

10:30 – 12:15 Workshop (con’t)

12:15 – 1:15 Buffet Lunch

1:15 – 2:45 Workshop (con’t)

2:45 – 3:00 Refreshment and networking break

3:00 – 3:30 Wrap up and next steps


Room reservations at the hotel of choice for the conference can be made using the following information:

Heritage Inn and Suites
$104.00 plus tax – single or double occupancy

Deadline for holding rooms: March 22, 2018
Contact names: Eric or Cathy
Phone: 403 362 6666
Email: office.brooks@heritageinn.net
Mention: RhPAP Conference to get the reduced rate

The hotel is less than 10 minutes from the JBS Centre, and a shuttle bus will be available for transportation between the two sites.


How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

For any questions or concerns, please contact Rebekah.Seidel@rhpap.ca

What's the refund policy?

Registration fees for the conference will be FULLY REFUNDED if you notify RhPAP via email no later than March 25, 2018. An 80% REFUND will be provided if the cancellation is received by email no later than April 2, 2018. There will be NO REFUND issued if the cancellation email is received after April 2, 2018.

Cancellations can be sent to the following email address: Rebekah.Seidel@rhpap.ca

Who is Brenda Herchmer?

Brenda Herchmer is a passionate community builder and owner of Grassroots Enterprises and a social enterprise called Campus for Communities of the Future. Brenda’s primary focus is simplifying complex change for emerging and seasoned community leaders through the provision of practical coaching, speaking, tools and

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Brooks, AB


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