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Researchers awarded Establishment and Development/Innovative Grants at School of Health Administration

Posted by School of Health Administration on August 2, 2017 in News

Dr. Majid Taghavi and Dr. Mohammad Hajizadeh of the School of Health Administration were awarded for their research initiatives from the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation.

Dr. Hajizadeh was awarded the Establishment Grant: 2017-2020 ($50,000 per year) for his initiative entitled, "The Dynamics of Health Inequalities Faced by Indigenous Populations in Canada: What Factors Account for the Inequalities?"

Dr. Taghavi was awarded the Development/Innovative Grant $15,000 for his research initiative entitled "Planning the number and distribution of specialist palliative care personnel for Nova Scotia: an operations research approach".

With these awards to faculty members in our School, Acting Director, Dr. Tanya Packer reaffirmed the strength of the faculty and its research initiatives.  "It is our collective strength in teaching and forward looking research that positions our School to prepare our students for the future". Dr. Packer further posited, "Our health system is dependent on strong and reliable information to allocate its resources and to eliminate current inequities across the continuum of care. Both these projects will shed further light on how we can better deliver care locally, nationally and internationally".

Dr. Hajizadeh and Dr. Taghavi were thankful to the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation for their support and look forward to taking the next steps in their respective projects.

About Dr. Hajizadeh’s Research

The project focuses on inequalities in health faced by Indigenous populations in Canada. By assessing health inequalities over time, using multiple surveys, the project will contribute to the existing knowledge on the determinants of health inequalities, and enhance our understanding of the dynamics of factors determining the observed inequalities throughout Canada, including Nova Scotia. Ultimately, the findings of this study will better inform strategies geared towards reducing health inequalities and improving wellness for First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.

Team Members:

  • Mohammad Hajizadeh (PI), School of Health Administration, Dalhousie University
  • Yukiko Asada (co-PI), Department of Community Health and Epidemiology, Dalhousie University
  • Malcolm King (co-I), Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University
  • Amy Bombay (co-I), Department of Psychiatry and the School of Nursing, Dalhousie University
  • Debbie Martin (co-I), School of Human Performance, Dalhousie University
  • Martin Cooke (co-I), School of Public Health and Health Systems, University of Waterloo
  • Mindy Denny (co-I), The Union of Nova Scotia Indians (UNSI)
  • Steve Jreige (partner), Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC)
  • Howard Ramos (collaborator), Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology, Dalhousie University.

About Dr. Taghavi’s Research

Operations Research (OR) is an advanced research method that can help decision makers to solve complex problems using mathematical modelling. In this research, we will use OR to plan for the number of doctors, nurses and social workers who are needed to provide the best possible palliative care with respect to all the constraints. 

Team Members:

  • Majid Taghavi (PI)
  • Grace Johnston (Co-I)
  • Robin Urquhart (Co-I)
  • Kai Huang (Co-I)
  • Cheryl Tschupruk (Partners)
  • David Henderson  (Partners)

About the School of Health Administration, Dalhousie University

The School of Health Administration recognized nationally and internationally as a leader in health administration. Our success is attributed to the talent and determination of faculty from a variety of backgrounds who are committed to student success. 800 alumni throughout North America have now assumed leadership roles in the healthcare field and are changing the landscapes of how care is delivered.

The School of Health Administration has already received an unprecedented 7 year accreditation from CA+HME. This is the highest level awarded by CA+HME and the most prestigious. The School is also a member of the Canadian College of Health Leaders and a full member of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA)