Primary health care coordinator Alana Fairfax credits her paternal grandparents for helping to nurture her connection to her African culture and heritage. Fairfax’s job, using the provincial Need a Family Practice registry, is to help match residents in surrounding communities with a family practice
For Andrea King, working as a recreation therapist (RT) specializing in neuroscience often means connecting with patients using cognitive games and puzzles. It also means connecting recreation therapy to the overall health care puzzle.
What is palliative care? “That’s the million dollar question,” answered Dr. David Henderson. As Nova Scotia Health Authority’s senior medical director for integrated palliative care, a large part of Dr. Henderson’s work is answering that question for NSHA staff, physicians and patients – which isn’t an easy task.
Bonnie States has been a food service worker at Digby General Hospital for 16 years. She prepares trays for patients, enters meal information into the computer, stocks fridges, operates the cash, and – as she describes it – does “everything but cook.” States is also a proud and involved member of the African Nova Scotian community in the Digby area.
As project coordinator for the African Nova Scotian Health Strategy, Rhonda Atwell works to uncover why health disparities of the community are so high. Being of African Nova Scotian descent herself, this work holds special meaning for her.
"Even if you can’t always cure, you can always care.” Dr. Stephanie Connidis applies this philosophy to her work as a family doctor, medical director of the INSPIRED COPD Outreach Program, and medical director of Hospice Halifax, which is slated to open in spring 2019.
Radiology clerk Karen MacLean is deeply proud of her African heritage. “My African heritage is rooted in some amazing ancestors who worked hard for a living and contributed significantly to the world’s economy and advancement. They never gave up in spite of all the obstacles that they faced,” said MacLean, who works at Aberdeen Hospital in New Glasgow.
Accreditation is over, but Lisa Sampson’s work is far from finished. Sampson is a patient safety coordinator at South Shore Regional Hospital. She provides ongoing coordination, support and leadership to ensure safety always comes as second nature to staff, a deeply embedded into culture and routine part of what is done each and every day.