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Hamilton NFP Team is honoured at President’s Awards ceremony

Nov 20, 2018
Guylaine Spencer

Susan Jack award

Photo above, left to right:

  1. Jennifer Vickers Manzin, Director, Family Health Division, Hamilton Public Health Services
  2. Harriet MacMillan, Professor, Departments of Pediatrics and Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences; Offord Centre for Child Studies, McMaster
  3. Susan Jack, Associate Professor, School of Nursing; Offord Centre for Child Studies, McMaster University
  4. Lindsay Croswell, Public Health Nurse, Hamilton Public Health Services; Ontario Nurse-Family Partnership Provincial Clinical Lead
  5. Dianne Busser, Nurse-Family Partnership Supervisor, Family Health Division, Hamilton Public Health Services

Missing from photo:

  1. Bonnie King, Healthy Babies, Healthy Children Manager, Family Health Division, Hamilton Public Health Services
  2. Andrea Gonzalez, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences; Offord Centre for Child Studies

The Hamilton Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) Team, which includes Dr. Susan Jack, an associate professor in the McMaster School of Nursing, was recently nominated for the Inaugural President’s Award for Community-Engaged Scholarship. The awards ceremony took place on October 25 at the David Braley Health Sciences Centre.

The Hamilton NFP team includes partners from Hamilton Public Health Services, the Offord Centre for Child Studies, and the McMaster School of Nursing.

“It is an honour to be nominated for the Inaugural President’s Award for Community Engaged-Scholarship,” says Dr. Susan Jack. “As one of the researchers on this team, it is a privilege to be able to work alongside community partners, such as our collaborators in the NFP Program at Hamilton Public Health Services. By establishing and nurturing strong partnerships between community partners and researchers, it allows us, as applied health researchers, to work together to identify the most critical clinical questions and real-world issues – and then use our research skills to find answers to those questions and practical, evidence-informed, solutions to those challenges.”

pamphlet for award

In a letter of recommendation nominating the NFP team for the award, Dr. Sandra Carroll, Vice-Dean of the McMaster School of Nursing, and Ellen L. Lipman, Director, Offord Centre for Child Studies, described the partnership as “an exceptional example of a community-based research partnership and a research-practice-policy collaboration committed to transforming the lives of vulnerable young mothers and their infants living in Hamilton. This decade long, community-campus partnership between Hamilton Public Health Services, the Offord Centre for Child Studies and the McMaster School of Nursing, has focused on piloting, evaluating, and delivering an evidence-based program of nurse home visitation to young pregnant women and first-time mothers experiencing social and economic disadvantage. NFP is a health equity intervention where public health nurses home visit first-time mothers to promote healthy behaviours in pregnancy, maternal economic self-sufficiency, and the development of sensitive and responsive parenting skills.”

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