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  • Dal Health's CRC in Indigenous Peoples Health and Well‑Being writes rebuttal to Nunatsiavut Government report

  • Community first: Dal researchers work with African Nova Scotian and Mi’kmaq communities to get it right from the start

  • Dal students and Shannex work together to solve long‑term care challenges
    To identify novel new ways to address some of the challenges facing seniors in long-term care situations, one of Atlantic Canada's leaders in the sector has teamed up with a Dal health innovation sandbox to tap into the ideas of a younger generation.
  • Are the kids alright? New study provides first‑ever comprehensive snapshot of youth well‑being in Nova Scotia
  • In the wake of COVID 19, Dal researchers explore its impact on the most vulnerable Canadians
    Read about Dalhousie’s latest recipients of CIHR funding to pursue COVID-related research. Janet Curran, Faculty of Health Uncovering the impact of COVID on children with complex care needs Before the pandemic, caregivers of children requiring complex care reported numerous gaps in programs and services, including a lack of access to respite care and effective coordination between service providers. COVID public health measures added a new level of complexity and pressure on already imperfectly delivered services. While measures slowed community spread, reduced deaths, and decreased the burden on the health care system, they also led to unintended consequences for many Canadian families. Dr. Curran and her research team will examine how these changes impacted children with complex care needs and their families to help build strategies that will be responsive to their needs in future public health emergencies. Alexa Yakubovich, Faculty of Medicine Counteracting violence against women during health emergencies Emerging research shows that women experienced increased rates of gender-based violence during the COVID pandemic, including domestic and sexual violence. Dr. Yakubovich and her research team will investigate how organizations that serve women who experienced violence adapted during the pandemic in Ontario, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia. They will also evaluate how well these adaptations met the needs of women across a diversity of social backgrounds, including different gender, sexual, and racial identities, to provide guidance to support women during future public health emergencies. Janice Graham, Faculty of Medicine Building a more resilience and equitable pandemic response The hollowing out of public health prior to COVID-19 exposed Canada’s diminished ability to anticipate and respond to a public health emergency. Fragmentation, implementation problems, and insufficient capacity to anticipate, learn and adapt, characterizes the landscape. A more coherent governance framework informed by those profoundly impacted by the pandemic but habitually sidelined in governance design is needed. Through a series of deliberative engagements, Janice Graham, Shawn Harmon, their pan-Canadian social science, public health and immunization research team, and equity-seeking groups will develop a public health governance framework, an outline for a Canadian Public Health Act, and communication tools to engage the broader public. Dr. Graham and team pictured below.
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