About Us

“I am new as a lead in political action and still learning how to be “political” as a community health nurse. I am amazed at the tremendous credibility community health nurses have with politicians, other professions and citizen groups.”

– Practicing CHN

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Mission, Vision & Values

Community Health Nurses’ Initiatives Group of Ontario

The Community Health Nurses’ Initiatives Group, an interest group of the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario, has as its mission to act as the voice of Community Health Nurses influencing the health care system, and health and social policy in areas which affect the work of Community Health Nurses and the public we serve.

 

Definition & Vision of Community

Our Goals include:

 

  • To influence health and social policy
  • To build capacity and leadership in Community Health Nurses
  • To strengthen the profile of CHNs and articulate the significance of their practice
  • To promote, engage and maximize membership of CHNIG
  • To maximize nursing student involvement in community health nursing and CHNIG
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Our Goals include:

 

  • To influence health and social policy
  • To build capacity and leadership in Community Health Nurses
  • To strengthen the profile of CHNs and articulate the significance of their practice
  • To promote, engage and maximize membership of CHNIG
  • To maximize nursing student involvement in community health nursing and CHNIG

President's Message


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While some of you know me because I have been on the Board as the co-lead for Research, Professional Development, and Education for numerous years, others may not.  My name is Joanne Crawford and I am the incoming President of CHNIG.  In this role, I will continue to support the goals of CHNIG including raising the profile of community health nurses across Ontario.  The timing could not be more perfect for me to take on this leadership role as I just recently completed my PhD in Nursing at the University of Toronto.  The research I completed focused on health disparities among South Asian immigrants who experience barriers to access of cancer screening services.  As part of the learning from my research is that community health nurses are ideally positioned to lead community-based strategies and research, as well as to be advocates for policies that influence the health and well-being of individuals, groups, communities, and populations.  As community health nurses, we need to work together to reduce health inequities in Ontario.  I look forward to working with you all to continue to promote health equity and health for all!

Joanne Crawford

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