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Dal Health Achievements ‑ December 2017

Posted by Trudi Smith on December 13, 2017 in Dal Health Achievements

Nurse and PhD student Martha Paynter is the founder and chair of Women's Wellness Within, an organization that advocates for the rights of criminalized and incarcerated women and their families. (Provided photo)

Congratulations to our faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends on their recent achievements:

Alumni Achievements:

  • Nursing alum and Rhodes Scholar Maike van Niekerk was named one of Canada's most powerful women by the Women's Executive Network.
  • Health and Human Performance alum Nicole Doria (MA Health Promotion) recently received a 2017 Nova Scotia Human Rights Award for her commitment to promoting human rights in support of the health of Indigenous peoples.
  • Health and Human Performance alum Sharon MacIntosh received a lifetime achievement award from Health Promotion Canada in recognition of her contributions to health promotion. Sharon is a Health Promotion Coordinator at Public Health, and has been an integral part of tobacco control strategies in Nova Scotia.

Student Achievements

  • Nursing alum and PhD student Martha Paynter received the Senate 150th Anniversary medal for her work with Women's Wellness Within - an organization that adovacates for the rights of incarcerated women and their children.  Martha is founder and chair of the organization. Women's Wellness Within was also recently recognized with a 2017 Nova Scotia Human Rights Award.

Faculty and Staff Achievements

  • Sara Kirk of the School of Health and Human Performance received the Active Transportation Advocate Award from the Halifax Cycling Coalition. The award was presented at the 2017 BIKE Awards. Sara has also been invited to serve as a member of the Institute Advisory Board for the CIHR Institute of Human Development, Child and Youth Health.
  • Health and Human Performance professor Matthew Numer was named Top Educator at Engage 2017.
  • Grand Challenges Canada has announced its 2017 Stars in Global Health and a joint Dalhousie/IWK Health Centre team, including Nursing's Gail Tomblin-Murphy and Marsha Campbell-Yeo, has been named to this innovative group for their project "Helping Babies Survive in Jamaica."
  • Nursing's Dr. Ruth Martin-Misener received the 2017 Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (CASN) Ethel Johns Award. Presented each year, the award recognizes distinguished service and leadership in Canadian nursing education.
  • In recognition of her contributions to nursing education in Canada, Nursing's Deborah Tamlyn was selected as a fellow of the Canadian Nurse Educator Institite (CNEI).
  • PhD Health student Justine Dol and Marsha Campbell-Yeo (Nursing) are co-principal investigators on "Essential Coaching for Every Mother (ECEM): Evaluating a modified education training program for mothers of newborns in Tanzania," which has received a grant in the amount of $30,000 from the Laerdal Foundation.
  • Occupational Therapy's Niki Kiepek has received a SSHRC Insight Development Grant in the amount of $67,618 for "Substance use and professional socialization."
  • Heather Neyedli from the School of Health and Human Performance has received a SSHRC Insight Development Grant in the amount of $59,800 for "Trust in Human and Automated Teammates."
  • Health and Human Performance's Debbie Martin has been invited to serve as Chair of the CIHR Institute Advisory Board for the Institute of Indigenous Peoples' Health.
  • Jacqueline Gahagan of the School of Health and Human Performance has been invited to serve as Scientific Officer of the CIHR Institute of Gender and Health.
  • Dal Health's Catherine Mah is co-chief investigator, with Julie Brimblecombe of Monash University, Australia, on "Healthy Stores 2020: Reducing retail merchandising of discretionary food and beverages in remote Indigenous community stores." The project has been funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia in the amount of $940,000 over three years, and will be run from Monash University.
  • Nursing’s Dr. Marilyn MacDonald and the team at AH-NET-C (Aligning Health Needs and Evidence for Transformative Change): A Joanna Briggs Institute Centre of Excellence were recently named the first Affiliated Group to be a Centre of Excellence under the new JBC (Joanna Briggs Centre) Framework. Using Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI) methodologies and methods, Dal faculty, students, and stakeholders contribute to transformative healthcare in Atlantic Canada.