Organizational profiles: See who is involved in the Alliance
The Canadian Cancer Society is a national, community-based organization whose mission is the eradication of cancer and the enhancement of the quality of life of people living with cancer. The Canadian Cancer Society believes that working with government and legislators to bring about healthy public policies is a vital part of the fight against cancer. Health promotion, education and prevention are top priorities. Research shows that about one-third of all cancers can be prevented by eating well, being active and maintaining a healthy body weight.
The goal of Cancer Care Nova Scotia is quality cancer prevention, treatment and care for all Nova Scotians when they need it and as close to home as possible. As a program of the Nova Scotia Health Authority under the Provincial Program of Care for Cancer, we partner with healthcare providers and administrators, government and health charities as well as patients and families to ensure that Nova Scotia’s cancer system is the best it can be.
Doctors Nova Scotia represents over 3,500 physicians. Membership includes practicing and retired physicians, medical students and residents. Incorporated in 1861, it’s the oldest medical association in Canada. Doctors Nova Scotia is passionate about improving patient care and helping Nova Scotians live healthy and active lives. Its award-winning Kids’ Run Club, progressive leadership in banning tanning beds for youth under 19, and historic role in strengthening smoke-free legislation are all examples of its commitment to helping Nova Scotians live healthy. On behalf of the province’s doctors, the association is committed to working with all partners in health-care delivery to ensure the province is positioned to recruit and retain talented and skilled doctors, introduce new and innovative ways to deliver health care and to continuously look for ways to improve patient care and access.
Healthy Populations Institute (HPI) is a Senate-approved research Institute at Dalhousie University. Through excellence in research, capacity building, and knowledge translation, HPI is a leader in health promotion research in Atlantic Canada and beyond. Its mission is to improve population health and promote health equity by understanding and influencing the complex conditions that impact the health of communities through a focus on research development, capacity building and training, knowledge translation and research management. Of relevance to the Alliance, HPI has a research theme on Youth and Healthy Aging with a goal to create conditions for healthy development and living, and challenging socio-cultural norms of aging, in order to promote healthy sustainable communities. Implementation Science is also a cross-cutting theme of the HPI that involves research focused on highlighting the types of interventions that work, under what conditions and how they can be ‘scaled up’ in an equitable manner to improve population health outcomes.
Dietitians of Canada (DC) represents 6,000 members nationally and over 350 members through our regional office in Nova Scotia. Members include registered dietitians, those studying to be dietitians as well as students in food science and nutritional science and graduates of these programs who are pursuing a career in dietetics or in an area relevant to dietetics. We are governed by a Board of Directors elected by our members. Our purpose is to advance health through food and nutrition. We provide evidence-based food and nutrition information; support easier access to adequate, safe and healthy food; promote professional best practices; and advocate for better access to dietitians to meet the health needs of Nova Scotians and Canadians. Dietitians of Canada has its roots in the Canadian Dietetic Association (CDA), established in 1935. After successfully advocating for the establishment of provincial dietetic regulatory bodies, in 1997, the provincial dietetic associations merged with CDA to form DC.
The Halifax North West Trails Association is one of 20+ volunteer community trail groups in Halifax. Our area includes Fairview, Clayton Park, Rockingham and Bedford South as well as the Blue Mountain – Birch Cove Lakes Wilderness Area. Our many trails, generally on public land and built by others, offer the urban walker or experienced hiker a variety of outdoor experiences. Some trails pass near brooks, wetlands and woodlands with native flora and fauna, an urban nature experience in Mainland North. Children, youth and their families can benefit from outdoor learning activities or use the trails to get to work, school or play either walking or cycling. The trails are a key part of our neighbourhoods, connecting communities. Volunteers are always welcome to participate including trail building, maintenance, communications or leading guided walks. Trails or linear parks are an important part of our urban green network for residents of all ages.
The Heart and Stroke Foundation, a volunteer-based health charity, leads in eliminating heart disease and stroke and reducing their impact through the advancement of research and its application, the promotion of healthy living and advocacy for healthy public policy. Since 1952, the Heart and Stroke Foundation has been working tirelessly to transform how society thinks about, prevents, manages and lives with heart disease and stroke. Thanks to the support of over 125,000 volunteers and 1.4 million donors, the Heart and Stroke Foundation invests in research with the most potential to prevent disease, save lives, and promote recovery. Our research today drives discoveries for a healthy tomorrow – and helps create survivors.