Founded in early September 2014, the Long Beach chapter encompasses the main communities of Tofino, Ucluelet, and Ahousaht while also serving the smaller communities of Opitsaht, Hot Springs Cove and Hesquiaht, Ty Hystanis, Esowista, and Macoah. The local doctors, who work out of clinics in Tofino, Ucluelet, and Ahousaht, while also serving the Emergency Room at Tofino General Hospital, have all become members. View RCCbc's interactive rural community map to learn more about the communities of Long Beach and their locations.
The area also attracts a large tourist population during the warmer half of the year, and throughout storm- and whale-watching seasons. Life on the rugged west coast is remote and primarily water-based: surfing, stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking and fishing are a way of life for many residents, as well as many of the visitors. Forest and trails keep people busy when the surf is too small or the waves too wild.
Long Beach Chapter is concerned with enhancing service to this fluctuating population of full-time residents, seasonal workers, and tourists and with meeting the needs of vulnerable and aging populations in the more remote areas. This includes a focus on Mental Health care, better and increased access to specialists and developing solutions to patient transportation needs. The chapter is particularly looking forward to collaborative partnerships with other health agencies as we develop a truly integrated primary care model.
Contact Abbie MacPherson, Chapter Coordinator, to learn more about the Long Beach chapter.
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