Marginalized Populations and Health Equity Pillar

Research and scholarship focused on understanding the broad determinants of health affecting the well-being of less advantaged groups and their access to society's resources and experiences of the health care system in order to improve health status and equity. Individuals, communities and populations become marginalized based on race, ethnicity, disability, chronic and mental health, gender identities, age, sexual orientation, socio-economics, and class. Individuals who are labeled as belonging to these groups experience disadvantages and disproportionate levels of power that create health disparities that are often invisible and not well understood. Research is currently focused on addressing urgent priority initiatives related to various self-identified marginalized and at-risk communities. These include, but are not limited to: Indigenous, LGBTQIA, African Canadian, African Nova Scotian, low-income and poor, elderly, insecurely housed, homeless, immigrant, and refugee communities. With a focus on addressing health inequities, access to care, resources and policy development, the SON is committed to an equitable society for all Canadians.

Pillar Lead Dr. Margot Latimer
Telephone 902-494 2391

Pillar News

Martha with stethoscope

Paynter, M. (2019). Six years of abortion advancements in Atlantic CanadaThe Coast.

Martha Paynter is a registered nurse, activist, and researcher. She is a staff nurse at the IWK Health Centre Family Newborn Care Unit and the Nova Scotia Women’s Choices Clinic for termination of pregnancy. She is a PhD Candidate in Nursing at Dalhousie University. In 2012, she founded Women’s Wellness Within (WWW), a registered non-profit organization that provides support, education and advocacy with criminalized women who are pregnant or parenting young children in Nova Scotia. For nearly ten years, she chaired the Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF) Halifax branch. She works at the intersection of health and justice systems to advance reproductive health and the rights of people experiencing incarceration. For more information on Martha, see her website at