Priority Populations and Health Equity Foci

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 experience inequities 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 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.

Foci Lead: Dr. Margot Latimer
Telephone 902-494 2391