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.

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Keisha Jefferies

Title of Presentation: A Critical Examination of Leadership Experiences Among African Nova Scotian Nurses in Healthcare Practice

Supervisors: Dr. Ruth Martin-Misener and Dr. Gail Tomblin Murphy

Keisha Jefferies is a registered nurse and PhD candidate in the School of Nursing at Dalhousie University. She is from New Glasgow, Nova Scotia and has been passionate about community engagement from a young age. Her research uses Black Feminist Theory and Critical Discourse Analysis to unapologetically interrogate systems of oppression through discourse, social and cognitive interactions. By situating the social constructs of race, class and gender as central components, Keisha aims to uncover how leadership is perceived and experienced amongst African Nova Scotian nurses in health care practice. As an emerging Black Feminist scholar, Keisha uses a combination of theory and praxis to challenge health inequity and social injustice against Black people in Canada. Additionally, Keisha has clinical experience in neonatal nursing and breastfeeding practices as well as international health policy and research experience.

Keisha is funded and supported by Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (Vanier-CGS), Killam Trust, Research Nova Scotia, Johnson Scholarship Foundation, BRIC NS and the Faculty of