Diversity in health care

With the support of the Johnson Scholarship Foundation, Dalhousie University is expanding two critical programs that will increase cultural diversity in health care.

The Promoting Leadership in Health for African Nova Scotians (PLANS) and Aboriginal Health Sciences Initiative (AHSI) programs encourage and support Aboriginal and African Nova Scotian students in pursuing careers in health care.

Programs such as this will help support and encourage students like me to enter the health professions. As a young Black woman, when I see a Black female physician, it feels like they are my role model. I want others to see the same in me.” — Leah Jones, second-year Dalhousie medical student.

A stronger health care system for all

The American-based Johnson Foundation, in partnership with Dalhousie University, will help PLANS and AHSI provide a variety of outreach, mentorship and financial support to students in an effort to help address the cultural disparity in Nova Scotia’s health care system. This will lead to improved and more inclusive health care for all.

Questions about Dal’s initiative to promote diversity in health care? Contact Victoria Hamilton at victoria.hamilton@dal.ca or 902.494.6170 or Kara Paul at kara.paul@dal.ca.