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Bridging the Gap: Innovative Approaches to Continuing Education in Rural, Remote, and Isolated First Nation Communities


Address correspondence to: Tracy Scott, Saint Elizabeth First Nations, Inuit and Métis Program, Suite 200, #5 Donald Street, Winnipeg R3L 2T4, Manitoba. Tel.: 204-253-3560, or e-mail:


Access to education, communication, and support is essential for achieving and maintaining a skilled healthcare workforce. Delivering affordable and accessible continuing education for healthcare providers in rural, remote, and isolated First Nation communities is challenging due to barriers such as geography, isolation, costs, and staff shortages. The innovative use of technology, such as on-line courses and webinars, will be presented as a highly effective approach to increase access to continuing education for healthcare providers in these settings. A case study will be presented demonstrating how a national, not-for-profit health care organization has partnered with healthcare providers in these communities to support care at the local level through various technology-based knowledge exchange activities.