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When a physician begins their practice in Nova Scotia, this moment represents a culmination of many months’ work by the physician, our physician recruitment team, and many other partners. Throughout the physician’s journey to practicing in Nova Scotia, they are supported with immigration, licensure, practice preferences, family needs, connecting to their community, and more.
The broad range of challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic were significant for Nova Scotians, impacting each person and household differently. For some people who are d/Deaf*, hard of hearing, or those who've experienced hearing loss later in life, the impact of masking and the move to more virtual appointments took away significant access to communication. A solution was recently launched for Zoom for Healthcare virtual appointments that delivers improved service for those with lower access to sound and continue mitigating the risk of spreading the virus.
Located on the southwest shore of Nova Scotia, the Digby Collaborative Family Practice Team play an important role in supporting the health and wellness of the residents and surrounding communities. The Digby and Area Health Services Centre (DAHSC), located next door to the Digby General Hospital, is operated by Nova Scotia Health, and is home to a comprehensive, collaborative team of interprofessional health care providers. The team also supports the Islands Health Centre, on Long Island which serves as a clinic for residents of Long and Brier Island and works in partnership with the Weymouth Medical Centre to provide satellite clinics with the Diabetes Centre and other health care providers based on provider availability.
Seeking help for substance use disorder can be challenging and requires strength from patients and their loved ones. While addiction stigma still exists and can deter people from seeking treatment, Dr. Tiffany O’Donnell is working to reverse the stigmatization of addiction and improve health care for people with substance use disorder.
Dartmouth General Hospital serves diverse communities and populations, each with unique needs. People of African descent are an important and vibrant part of Nova Scotia’s past and contribute to the fabric and success of today’s province. Nova Scotia is home to the largest indigenous Black community in Canada, with more than 52 historic communities, many of which seek care at the Dartmouth General. African Nova Scotians have often had negative experiences in the health care system, and often suffer significant health inequities and as a result, poorer health outcomes compared to other Nova Scotian populations. One of our priorities at Dartmouth General is to improve the accessibility and experience for all patients. As part of this work, we are focusing on improving diversity of our healthcare workforce, to better reflect the communities that we serve. Seeing someone who looks like you, who understands your story, can make all the difference in a patient’s health trajectory.