Career Development for Youth – Striving 2015

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Striving to Build African Nova Scotian Health Professionals for the Future is an event to encourage youth to think about the different health related career opportunities available to them. This event took place on November 4th at NSCC Waterfront campus for the Dartmouth area schools and on November 19th at NSCC IT campus for the Halifax/Bedford/Sackville areas with 120-130 youth in attendance at each location. African Nova Scotian health professionals present included a Dentist, Doctor, Social worker, Nurse Practitioner, Dietitian and so much more. These health professionals spoke about a range of things from the struggles they faced through their educational careers and the importance of education to the specific things that makes their profession unique. Students were engaged and energetic throughout the presentation as they got to ask questions, participate in fun activities and win prizes.

                      “I never even knew you could get a masters in nursing” said an 11th grade student from Halifax West High School. “These kind of events are cool because you get to see people who look like you doing important things and defeating the different stereotypes about black people.”

The society we live in today is filled with negative stereotypes of black people. These stereotypes influence the ways in which young people view themselves and limits their abilities and opportunities. Events such as these are crucial.  By exposing youth to professionals who look like them, accomplishing careers which they are interested in pursing, it helps to boost their self-esteem and shows that it is indeed possible to achieve their career goals.  The work of promoting diversity in healthcare will continue as Dalhousie University and the Johnson Scholarship Foundation established a new partnership to support two Dalhousie programs that encourage, promote and support Aboriginal and African Nova Scotian students considering careers in Health Care.

A huge thank you to the amazing partners who, in addition to their generous support, have provided energy and a sense of community with their amazing collaborative work! The Association of Black Social Workers, Promoting Leadership in health for African Nova Scotians – Dalhousie Global Health Office, Health Association of African Canadians, IWK Health Centre, Nova Scotia Brotherhood Initiative, Nova Scotia Community College, Nova Scotia Health Authority and School Plus.

By: Kalkidan Gebre –  Health Association of African Canadians – Student Organization member, 1st Year Nursing Student & Global Health Office Outreach Assistant

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Food Secure Canada 2014 Conference in Halifax

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Food Secure Canada’s eighth national assembly held November 13-16th in Halifax was not only the biggest ever, but according to many participants our best. The number of people and organizations, the quality of the discussion, and the excitement that accompanied the sharing of ideas across regions, sectors, cultures, experiences and worldviews was evident throughout.  For Nova Scotia, it was by far the biggest food event to have ever taken place and provided a unique opportunity to showcase the innovative work going on throughout the province – in health, in agriculture, in research, and in dynamic civil society organizations.


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Waves of Change – sustainable food for all 2014 Food Secure conference



Update on Ebola – some resources

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This is a brief update of the Ebola epidemic based on a panel discussion at Dalhousie University Medical School on November 20th, 2014. The panel which included doctors, a public health official, a community member from West Africa, and a bioethicist, covered topics such as the science behind the disease, and the impact of the disease in West Africa, and here in Nova Scotia. The panel was moderated by Dr. David Haase, Co-President, Health Association of African Canadians.

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