As a member of NSHA’s health protection team, Angela Harper works tirelessly to keep the public safe from infectious diseases. Part of the public health nurse’s work involves following up on cases of transmittable diseases that are reported to public health. Harper has a challenging role, but credits her courage and strength to her black loyalist heritage.
Activist and educator Dr. Lynn Jones reminded those in attendance at an African Heritage Month Celebration in Halifax this week that “we’re all one.” “We all come from the continent of Africa,” the renowned African Nova Scotian leader pointed out Monday, Feb. 25, to a room full of people who had gathered in the Bethune Ballroom at the QEII Health Sciences Centre to hear her speak.
As the manager for emergency preparedness in Halifax, Eastern Shore and West Hants, no two days are the same for Delwin Ferguson. “What we try to do is to make sure that there is an emergency preparedness mechanism in place for any form of emergency that can affect a site,” Ferguson explained.
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.