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President's Message

A message from Dalhousie's President, Kim Brooks. 

Aerial photograph of Dalhousie University's Studley Campus in Halifax including the quad and Killam Library.

Health and well-being are essential to achieving our potential as individuals, communities, and as a province.  At Dalhousie, we know that understanding interconnection and interdependence are fundamental to fostering well-being. We have been working together to enhance our physical, mental, and social well-being, not only by attending directly to our commitment to health-care enhancement, but also through how we protect our natural environment, enhance the accessibility of our communities, steward our food systems, and address social injustices.

Health education has been core to Dalhousie’s critical role in our communities. When it was founded more than 150 years ago, the Faculty of Medicine was Atlantic Canada’s first medical school. Today, with three health-focused faculties, and many faculties who contribute to understanding and promoting health and well-being, Dalhousie has now become the driving force in advancing our region’s health-care training and research. 

Throughout our work, we advance an equity-enhancing approach. Our new pathway programs for Black and Indigenous Admissions in Medicine and our new Africentric Bachelor of Social Work Cohort will play important roles in ensuring that health-related innovation truly meets the needs and aspirations of our diverse community. And our commitment to health and well-being asks us to look inwards to ensure our own Dal community — particularly our students — has access to the resources and services they need to thrive.

You can learn more as you read the stories in this report: they highlight just a few examples of what we can achieve with the vital partnerships we have with educators, health-care providers, governments, and communities. Together, we can shape a healthier future for everyone.


Kim Brooks

President, Dalhousie University 

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