NW Region and Lakehead University Benefit from Federal Government Investment in Aboriginal and Rural Public Health Education

by NationTalk on April 14, 2007733 Views

(Thunder Bay, Ontario, April 9, 2007) The northwestern region and Lakehead University are going to benefit from $400,000 worth of funding recently announced by Federal Health Minister Tony Clement. The funds are earmarked for the project Building Capacity for Aboriginal and Rural Health Education.

The project is funded through the Public Health Workforce Development Products and Tools Contribution Program of the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC). Partners in this collaborative project include Lakehead University, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, University of Northern British Columbia, University of Saskatchewan, and Memorial University of Newfoundland.“This funding will allow our highly successful Masters in Public Health program to extend its capacity for Northern, rural and aboriginal public health education and research,” noted Dr. Ian Newhouse, Dean of Professional Schools at Lakehead University. “The end result will be greater capacity for communities to respond to public health challenges.”

The project will produce protocols and agreements for collaborative training of students by the partner universities; shared curriculum and course material for undergraduate, graduate and continuous learning; and trained public health workers prepared to prevent public health crises or to respond effectively and quickly in the event of a crisis.

Through its Workforce Development Division, PHAC works with partners and stakeholders to mobilize Pan-Canadian action to improve Canada’s public health workforce. This is a collaborative effort and includes public health human resource planning; training, recruitment and retention strategies; the development of competency profiles; and practice-based educational, training and professional development opportunities and incentives.

Media: To find out more about the Building Capacity for Aboriginal and Rural Health Education and Lakehead University’s role in it, please contact Dr. Michel Bedard at 807.343-8630, or Dr. Ian Newhouse at 807. 343-8074


Lakehead University’s main campus is located in Thunder Bay, Ontario, on the shores of Lake Superior. With a campus in Orillia, Ontario, Lakehead is a comprehensive university with a worldwide reputation for innovative programs and research. Lakehead has over 7,600 students and 2,200 faculty and staff, and is home to the west campus of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. In 2006 Lakehead University was named Canada’s Research University of the Year 2005 in the undergraduate category. For more information on Lakehead University, visit www.lakeheadu.ca

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