Join the conversation to hear from our panelists on their work and how it will improve access to health care for children and families here in Nova Scotia, across the Maritimes, and nationally.

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Our health-care system works for many – but not all.

There are currently over 30,000 children aged 16 years and younger who do not have a primary care provider in Nova Scotia. Additionally, families from underrepresented and underserved communities across the Maritimes often do not achieve the same health outcomes as others because they may not have the same resources or access to care.

Dalhousie is the nexus of health-related research, education, and outreach programs in Atlantic Canada. With faculties of medicine, health, and dentistry, the university has a concentration of health disciplines that is one of the largest in the country. This creates a vibrant and collaborative community of professionals who are dedicated to improving health outcomes and building strong health systems – through health education, more accessible care, and driving health research that finds solutions for individuals, populations, and health-care systems. Read more about the panelists and the focus of their research at Dal →

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This event is free and open to the public. Please register to attend in person or participate virtually via livestream.


Karlee Francis
Karlee Francis (BSc (Medical Sciences)’18)
 is the health director for Eskasoni First Nation located in Unama’ki (Cape Breton Island). She is a fluent Mi’kmaw speaker and can also read and write in the Mi’kmaw language. She is an advocate for health at the local, provincial, and federal level.



Shauna Hachey, MHS, RDH

Shauna Hachey (DDH’04, BDH’12) is an associate professor in Dalhousie’s School of Dental Hygiene, and co-lead of the Dalhousie Healthy Populations Institute Putting “Oral Health is Health” into Action flagship project. Her research interests include the integration of oral health into primary and continuing care settings, and novel community-led oral health promotion and knowledge translation.


Dr. Andrew Lynk
Dr. Andrew Lynk (MD’82, PGM’90), FRCPC, D.Litts (Hon), has been Chief of Pediatrics at the IWK Health Centre and Department Chair at Dalhousie University since 2016. He has longstanding experience in results-based health advocacy and interests in public policy, physician leadership, global health, and patient safety snd quality improvement.


Dr. Sarah Moore, PhD, CTRS
Dr. Sarah Moore is an assistant professor in the School of Health and Human Performance, Faculty of Health at Dalhousie. Her research expertise is in childhood disability, health and well-being, adapted physical activity and physical rehabilitation, and childhood growth development, and maturation.




Brenda Merritt is dean of the Faculty of Health at Dalhousie University, and associate professor in the School of Occupational Therapy. She has conducted research within the areas of interprofessional health education, curriculum design and evaluation, and the development of innovative educational strategies to cultivate professional behaviour and clinical decision-making skills. Her research portfolio also includes investigating how chronic health conditions, injury, determinants of health, and/or environmental contexts impact a person’s ability to participate in chosen and necessary daily life activities.

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