A group of scholars and researchers co-led by a Dalhousie professor has joined forces in an effort to re-shape medical and health education in Canada to better reflect the impacts of anti-Black racism on the delivery of care for African Nova Scotians and Black people.


OmiSoore Dryden, the James R. Johnston Chair in Black Studies and an associate professor in the Faculty of Medicine, serves as co-lead of the Black Health Education Collaborative (BHEC), along with Dr. Onye Nnorom, a family and public-health physician and president of the Black Physicians' Association of Ontario.

The Black Health Education Collaborative’s research hub will be located at Dalhousie and facilitate the development of a suite of educational resources for students, faculty and clinicians/practitioners in health disciplines.

“It is my hope that our work influences the culture of medical education through new structures that specifically address Black health and wellness,” says Dr. Dryden. “I hope that health learners will develop the skills necessary to provide appropriate care to African Nova Scotian and Black communities across the country. And it is my hope that health educators will develop and update their skills to better equip our health learners.”

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