A Maryvale, Antigonish County resident has been appointed to the Nova Scotia Health Authority Board of Directors. Dr. Patricia Hansen-Ketchum, a nurse educator at the St. FX School of Nursing is one of five new members named to the board by Health Minister and Antigonish MLA Randy Delorey.
Also appointed to the Board is former McCain Foods regional president Frank van Schaayk of Marion Bridge, who becomes the new chair; former Doctors Nova Scotia President Dr. Louise Cloutier of Wolfville and the Executive Director of Brigadoon Children’s Camp Society, David Graham of Dartmouth. Family physician Dr. Cynthia Forbes of Halifax a former president of the Canadian Medical Association joins the board as a non-voting member.
Four others have accepted a second term on the board including Jaime Smith of New Glasgow.
A St. FX Nursing Professor has embarked on a study on how health equity is framed in Canadian public policy documents.
Health equity is defined as everyone has a fair opportunity at living a long healthy life. Dr. Elizabeth McGibbon is the lead researcher in a nearly 50-thousand dollar collaborative study with funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. McGibbon says even though the term is being increasingly used, there’s no tracking how the word is impacting people who have faced historic disadvantages. That would include Indigenous peoples, African Canadians, women, people living with disabilities, and LGBTQ two spirited people.
McGibbon is being joined in the study by Dr. Katherine Hierlbeck, a Political Science Professor at Dalhousie University. Two St. FX honours students in nursing and political science have also participated in the study.