Sent on behalf of Mark Armitage, Associate Deputy Minister, Health Human Resources, Ministry of Health
Dear Health Professional,
As summer continues, our province is experiencing an increased risk of wildfires and heat-related events. The Emergency Health Provider Registry (EHPR) is an online registry of health care professionals and health authority staff who may be able and willing to be deployed on a voluntary basis or hired to respond to emergency events. The EHPR is an important part of B.C.’s plan to ensure the health care system is prepared to care for British Columbians through any emergency.
I am reaching out now for two reasons:
- to ask those of you who have not yet signed up but who would be willing and able to support emergency response to consider registering with the EHPR and,
- to advise those who are currently registered up that you will be receiving an email asking you to confirm your continued interest in being on the registry and to update your information via a webform.
Signing up for the EHPR does not create an obligation for you to respond to emergency events, and participation in any deployment is always voluntary. I encourage you to discuss potential deployment with your supervisor prior to registering on the EHPR, as all deployments will require supervisor sign-off. It is also important to remember that registration in the EHPR does not guarantee that you will be contacted for deployment, as this is dependent on the specific needs of each health authority.
If you have questions about this process, please refer to the Ministry of Health’s website Health Provider Registry for BC’s Emergency Response (gov.bc.ca) for answers to frequently asked questions and other updated information.
Thank you for your continued dedication to serving the people of British Columbia. On behalf of the Ministry of Health, please accept my genuine gratitude for your willingness to consider joining this provincial registry to help your fellow colleagues, and British Columbians.
Associate Deputy Minister, Health Human Resources, Ministry of Health