African Nova Scotian Health Strategy

By | Community, News, Youth

The African Nova Scotian Health Strategy was created to hold conversations directly with People of African Descent in Nova Scotian to hear about their experiences with the healthcare system. The purpose of the strategy is to create equitable health care, services and programs and to lower the level of health disparities. The voice of the African Nova Scotian community is crucial to the strategy and to influence changes within the health care system and beyond.


Consultations have been happening around the Province. The survey below is intended for community members to provide input into the strategy who were/are not able to attend a community consultation in person. It will only take a few minutes to complete the survey and we NEED to hear from YOU!


Thank you for your participation.

New Black MDs – Grad Profile

By | Uncategorized

The Dalhousie Medical School Class of 2017 includes the largest-ever group of medical students of African descent to graduate from Dalhousie.

The Dal News story, Grads profile: Ready to lead and make a difference, highlights the achievements of Cinera States, Stefan Allen and their classmates and celebrate the success of our PLANS Program (Promoting Leadership in health for African Nova Scotians)

Stefan Allen, Michelle Patrick, Cinera States


Please click on this link to read the full Dal News story.

Please click on this link to learn more about PLANS.

2018 AGM

By | Events, Uncategorized

2018 Annual General Meeting

HAAC will hold its Annual General Meeting on Saturday, June 23rd at 1:30pm – 4:30pm.

The AGM will be held at the North Branch Library, Gottingen St., Halifax. Current members, new members, and friends are all welcome.

Please RSVP at

If you would like to become a member please complete a membership form.

HAAC AGM June 23 @ 1:30pm

   click on image to enlarge

Job Posting: Matter of Black Health

By | Uncategorized

Job Title: Health Coach

Location: Dartmouth + Offsite

Temporary, Full Time

Close Date: April 15, 2017

Job Overview

The Matter of Black Health project is an exciting partnership between the Health Association of African Canadians, Diabetes Canada (the Canadian Diabetes Association) and the Medavie Health Foundation. The project will leverage a proven health coaching model into a culturally specific, strength-based approach to living well, supporting the prevention and management of chronic disease. This unique role will work with the Health Association of African Canadians and other key partners to support behaviour and lifestyle changes for African Descended People in targeted communities in Nova Scotia.

Reporting to the Manager of Community Health Promotion with Diabetes Canada, the Health Coach is a non-clinical professional who will use a combination of individualized guidance and connections with key networks to enhance the quality of life of their clients. Coaching will focus on building confidence and promoting wellness behaviours within families and communities, and to build wellness through culturally-specific physical, mental and spiritual fitness. A deep understanding of our communities across their diversity,  relevant supports, programs and community contacts will be vital, as well as the ability to motivate and support individuals.  The health coach will focus on establishing mutually-beneficial connections in the local community, providing specific tools to support wellness, and investing the necessary time to support individuals to adopt healthier lifestyles. Read More

Grief Management Training

By | Uncategorized

We are excited to share an upcoming training opportunity through a partnership with CeaseFire, Nova Scotia Brotherhood Initiative, Association of Black Social Workers, and Veith House.

This will train members of the African-Nova Scotian community who are working in social service settings to acquire skills that will help meet the need for culturally appropriate, peer-support driven group counselling sessions with a focus on Grief Management.

The training will be lead by Dr. Barbara Hamilton-Hinch, and Roy Ellis, Grief and Bereavement Lead for the Nova Scotia Health Authority and take place on February 10th, 2017. Read More

Towards Health and Self-Esteem

By | Community, Events

—New DATE—

Join the Health Association of African Canadians (HAAC) and the Association of Black Social Workers (ABSW) for….

 Our Partnership: Towards Health and Self-Esteem

 Come and hear from presenters on Self Esteem and the African Canadian Women.

November 17th, 2016 at 7:00pm-8:45pm

Black Cultural Centre