It was a chilly afternoon in March when a Truro Flying Club single-engine plane took flight from the Debert Airport. On board, Nova Scotia Health Northern Zone Public Health nurses (PHN) Angela Smith and Heidi Brown, along with enough COVID-19 vaccine to immunize an entire community.
A life-long Cape Bretoner, Glen Brann brings more than 20 years of volunteer work, professional training, and work experience to his role as the medical affairs lead for the Eastern Zone.
Medical affairs leads are key leaders within their respective zones working to support health care staff. Leading various key initiatives while contributing to a culture of continuous improvement at Nova Scotia Health, medical affairs leads ensure that health care staff within the zone are supported by providing zone-based leadership, oversight, coordination, and guidance on operational matters while ensuring staff’s connection with the provincial Medical Affairs Team and with the Department of Health and Wellness when required.
The spring of 2020 was a difficult time in Nova Scotia. Grief swept the province and settled in as a series of tragic events occurred following the early days of COVID-19.
The Wall of Hope is located in the chapel at the Valley Regional Hospital (VRH). Created by a few members of Team Lavender, a group of inter-disciplinary professionals who support the well-being of those who work at the site, it has become a safe place for health care workers to express and experience their emotions.
Kitty Connell comes from a long line of teachers. As a result, she has a passion for continuous learning and mentoring – something she comes by naturally and has served her well throughout her almost 40-year-career.
When the COVID-19 pandemic first disrupted life in the region of North Inverness, the Chéticamp Community Response Team Network (CCRTN) was formed to respond to the immediate and ongoing needs of its most vulnerable residents. The response team included North Inverness County Community Health Board members, local community groups, non-profits and service organizations, municipal staff, the RCMP Detachment Commander, Nova Scotia Department of Community Services staff, and the Community Links coordinator for this region. During their first meeting, they identified the most pressing need—food security.
In an effort to ensure all Nova Scotians have access to COVID-19 testing as needed, especially those in rural communities where testing is not available nearby, the Public Health Mobile Units will be offering testing in the communities listed below.