As Nova Scotia’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Robert Strang is a proven leader in addressing complex health issues that affect Nova Scotians. He has worked tirelessly to support health care for families and communities in the province, including his key role in the public health responses to the H1N1 crisis and COVID-19 pandemic.

Throughout his career, Dr. Strang has also provided leadership in the renewal of the public health system in Nova Scotia. Now, he is helping raise awareness around the importance of creating equity-based policies and environments that support better health outcomes for all Nova Scotians.

Building community

In today’s health-care system, equity-based leadership is critical. Not only can it help create better connections and culturally appropriate care for diverse communities, but it is an important piece in supporting problem solving and overall organizational performance. By changing the face of health-care leadership, we can make health care more accessible to deserving people from a range of sexual orientations, abilities, cultural, racial and social strata. Having health-care leaders from under-represented populations helps shape services to meet the needs of patients and health-care providers alike.

Creating opportunities

To help increase equity-based opportunities for students and future health-care leaders entering the Master of Health Administration program at Dalhousie, while honouring the exceptional work and dedication of Dr. Strang, a new scholarship has been established. The Dr. Robert Strang Scholarship in Support of Equity in Health will support students who self-identify as members of under-represented populations, ultimately broadening representation in future health-care structures to build stronger and more responsive health systems.

By making a gift, you can help support the creation of new opportunities for today’s students, while increasing representation in health care to improve patient outcomes.

Every gift, no matter the size, makes a difference.
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Maureen MacDonald

What a wonderful way to acknowledge the outstanding work of Dr R Strang.

Royal LePage

Lesley Zwicker

Maggie McCulloch

Creating opportunities for equity in healthcare is necessary for us to continue to work toward health for all. As a social worker in the healthcare system, I see the effects of systemic barriers every day. We need leaders who acknowledge that we need to do better to make sure every member of our community gets the care they need, no matter their context.

Joyce & Michael Giacomantonio

What a wonderful initiative to recognize this amazing man who so embodies hard work and commitment to the delivery of health care in Nova Scotia.He has been selfless in his efforts during Covid-19.

Tanya Packer

This scholarship honours Dr. Strang and all the health leaders who have shown courage and compassion before and during the pandemic. It also looks to the future, calling for future health leaders who can bring their voices to grow equity in health services. We will all benefit!

Dorothy Grantmyre

Thank you!

Norman Pinsky

Diane Theriault

Christena Cote

His steady perseverance and wisdom throughout the COVID-19 pandemic has been a true inspiration. Cannot think of another physician I respect as much as Dr Strang.

Michelle Hébert

Cheryl Kozey

Dr. Strang has shown his leadership related to this pandemic and has increased the profile of public health in the province by clearly demonstrating its importance. Unfortunately it took a pandemic to do this as Dr. Strang has been a strong advocate for improving overall health through increasing physical activity and healthy lifestyles which fell upon deaf ears. Maybe now our government and policy makers will better appreciate the need for investing in a strong public health system and this scholarship will support the next generation of policy researchers and policy makers to lead the way.

Sandra Irving

We need more health care workers from all races and cultures. Our current COVID situation has emphasized the need for more health care workers in hospitals, nursing homes and home care. I hope equity in health services grows so that our community benefits from the equity.

Sarah Manos

Corey Miller

Phil Otto

Gar and Susan Moffatt

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