Rural Health Innovation in the KFLA Region: Challenges and Opportunities

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Join us on January 19th for an informative discussion on the opportunities and challenges of rural healthcare in the KFLA region.

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The purpose of this panel is to gather students and community members from the KFL&A region, including entrepreneurs, innovators, and healthcare leaders. Together, we can explore identified challenges and opportunities, and provide education about rural health and where there is room to pilot innovations across the region. The main objectives of this session are to:

- Launch DDQIC's Health Innovation Program, focusing on the rural aspect,

- Socialize KFL&A health innovation priorities & challenges,

- Identify additional or complementary community resources and organizations that could help with the identified innovation priority theme areas,

- Outline how to help entrepreneurs in rural areas understand what it takes to bring innovations into a rural community,

- Identify how to funnel rural health-based problem statements into the local ecosystem of healthcare innovation.


Moderator: Tracey Snow, Rural Economic & Community Development Manager, City of Kingston


  • Claire Bouvier, Coordinator of the Rural Mentorship Program, Small Business Advisor for the Kingston Economic Development Corporation (KEDCO) & Founder of FEiST Studio
  • Louise Moody, Executive Director of the Rural Frontenac Community Services (RFCS)
  • Gary Oosterhof, Counselor for the Countryside District, City of Kingston
  • Meredith Prikker, Chronic Disease Management nurse at the Sydenham Medical Clinic, part of the Rural Kingston Family Health Organization (FHO)

About the Dunin-Deshpande Queen's Innovation Centre (DDQIC):

We believe that everyone has the potential for creative problem-solving. Our mission is to catalyze this potential, develop entrepreneurial mindsets and foster a culture of innovation across Queen’s University, the Kingston community, and globally.

We build changemakers by encouraging and supporting their entrepreneurial initiatives through startup incubators, workshops, programs, courses, and pitch competitions.

About Health Innovation/Build2Scale:

This panel event is kicking off Build2Scale Rural, DDQIC's rural programming, as part of Health Innovation YGK, a regional initiative to encourage health-focused start-ups to access resources to develop and grow in and around Kingston. Build2Scale supports teams who want to develop and deliver new or improved health policies, systems, products and technologies, and services and delivery methods that improve people’s health. We work with teams who are looking to create distinctive value to unmet needs in the health sector

In an effort to better-capture the whole of the KFL&A region, we are expanding our programing, one branch of our programming aims to narrow in on the specific opportunities and challenges of health in the rural sector since it is a big part of the region and it has special needs and is harder to access.

We acknowledge the support of the Government of Canada through the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario.

Nous reconnaissons l'appui du gouvernement du Canada à travers l'Agence fédèrale de développement économique pour le sud de l'Ontario.

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The mission of DDQIC is to encourage, enable and support the innovation and entrepreneurship activities of students, professors, entrepreneurs and community members at Queen's University. We do this through incubators, accelerators, joint courses, workshops, internship opportunities, seminar series, conferences and business plan competitions. 

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