02 Mar Winter Newsletter 2016

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Incoming President’s Message: Joanne Crawford


Spring is quickly approaching, which will soon be followed by the RNAO Annual General Meeting (AGM). As new board members of the Community Health Nurses Initiatives’ Group (CHNIG) take their place officially for another term during the AGM, I thought it was a good time to introduce myself. 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