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Join us Feb 10, 2018 for our General Meeting + Workshop

Sat, Feb 10 9am to 4pm

NSCC Ivany (Waterfront) Campus 80 Mawiomi Pl. - Room 3736

Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

Free to the public (lunch and coffee included)

Join the Nova Scotia Health Coalition February 10, 2018 for workshops on the health care challenges facing Nova Scotia's diverse communities and what they're doing to build a better, more just health care system.

Together we will discuss how issues like racism, incarceration, poverty, colonialism and the urban/rural divide intersect with public health care and plot a way forward.

The first part of the day will be dedicated to creating a conversation where Nova Scotians can share the ways that social and economic determinants impact their access to health care and the ways that their communities are pushing back. This part of the day is open to the general public and is free of charge - we will even feed you! Advanced registration is required.

The day will conclude with the Health Coalition's annual general meeting. We hope that many of you will be inspired to join us as we discuss our work over the last year and plan our path forward in 2018. This part of the day is open only to members of the NS Health Coalition, but you can sign up the day of.



Tentative schedule 

9:00 - 9:15 am - Welcoming remarks and introduction

9:15 - 10:15 - Panel and Q&A #1: Why the status quo isn't universal

10:15 - 11:25 - Coffee!

10:30 - 11:30 - Small group discussions: What principles should underpin a truly universal public healthcare system?

11:30 - 12:30 - Lunch! (provided free of cost)

12:30 - 1:45 - Panel and Q&A #2: Community Responses to Crisis

2:00 - 4:00pm: Annual General Meeting 


Panel Details

Panel and Q&A #1: Why the status quo isn't Universal

Many Canadians speak proudly of our universal health care system, but can we call our current system universal? Core services like prescription medications, psychological services and adult oral health are excluded from public coverage, but even access to insured services are not the same for everyone. Many communities in Nova Scotia face unique challenges when it comes to access our public health care system. Our speakers will discuss the ways that factors such as gender, race and incarceration impact people's health and the ways in which our current system fails to deliver on the promise of universality.


Barbara Hamilton-Hinch, PhD (Assistant Professor in the School of Health and Human Performance, Dalhousie University)

Martha Paynter, (Women's Wellness Within, PhD candidate, Dalhousie School of Nursing)


Barbara Hamilton- Hinch

Martha Paynter

Panel and Q&A #2: Community Responses to Crisis

Despite mountains of evidence, it has taken an immense amount of effort to convince decision makers that there is a crisis in health care. This crisis is felt differently by different people in Nova Scotia and our speakers will discuss the ways that frontline health care practitioners and community members have responded and share insights about their victories and struggles.


Tony Kelly, PhD (Digby Area Health Coalition)

Patti Melanson, RN (North End Community Health Centre)

Patti Melanson

Tony Kelly

Tony Kelly


Small Group Discussions: What principles should underpin a truly universal health care system?


Registration for the event is now closed.

Questions? Concerns? Media inquiries? Please contact the provincial coordinator by email at coordinator -at- nshealthcoalition -dot- ca.