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PHO Visiting Speaker: A Voice To Lead – Health For All - Every nurse has a story: interesting initiatives in public health nursing in Ontario

The Canadian Nurses Association theme for National Nursing Week 2019 is entitled, “A Voice To Lead – Health For All”, reflecting how nurses in public health are called upon to deliver programs and services with sensitivity and consideration of cultural norms within diverse populations.  This session will include an introductory message from Michael Villeneuve, Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Nurses Association, followed by presentations by nurses from two public health units sharing narratives on distinctive practice situations. 

North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit will present on collaborative networks within a faith-based community and building relationships to control a vaccine preventable disease. Leeds Grenville Lanark District Health Unit will share their experience in becoming a Registered Nurses Association of Ontario’s Best Practice Spotlight Organization.

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Summarize three initiatives that demonstrate the diverse practices of public health nursing in Ontario.
  2. Identify potential opportunities/strategies where public health nurses can create synergies (e.g. communities of interest).
  3. Explain how the narratives shared by the different health units can be incorporated in public health nursing practice.

Présentateur(s): Michael Villeneuve, Andrea McLellan, Lucia Taggart and Jane Hess

Michael Villeneuve - Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Nurses Association
With four decades of progressive experience in the health-care system, Mike Villeneuve has worked in all the domains of nursing practice — direct care, administration, education, research and policy. He was appointed chief executive officer of CNA in June 2017. He leads the Ottawa-based organization’s team and operations as it works for its more than 139,000 members across all 13 Canadian provinces and territories and hundreds of First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities. In his role, he is helping to implement a forward-leaning vision for professional nursing in Canada and the related services needed at CNA to support that transformation. Since 2000, Mike has held teaching, executive and consulting roles with the federal Office of Nursing Policy, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development in Paris, the Academy of Canadian Executive Nurses, CNA and its National Expert Commission, and the Lawrence S. Bloomberg faculty of nursing at the University of Toronto. Prior to returning to CNA as CEO, Mike led his own consultancy in health policy analysis, research, strategy and communication, serving governments, professional associations, unions and universities across Canada and internationally. During the 1990s, Mike was an educator and then patient care manager in the neuro intensive care and neuro/trauma/plastics units at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto. One of three authors of CNA’s centennial history book, Mike also is author of Public Policy and Canadian Nursing: Lessons from the Field (2017), the first Canadian text focused on nursing and public policy. Mike lives on unceded Algonquin territory in rural Eastern Ontario, where he is proud to serve as the Chair of the Board of Directors at Winchester District Memorial Hospital—one of Ontario’s highest-performing small community hospitals.

Andrea McLellan - Program Manager, Vaccine Preventable Diseases Program, North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit
Andrea’s 35-year nursing career has crossed several sectors of the health care system including acute care, nursing education, nursing management and public health. For the past 11 years, Andrea has been the Manager of the Vaccine Preventable Diseases Program at the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit.

Lucia Taggart - Nursing Practice Coordinator & Best Practice Spotlight Organization Lead, Leeds, Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit
Lucia is the Nursing Practice Coordinator and Best Practice Spotlight Organization Lead (BPSO) with the Leeds, Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit in Brockville. As project lead, Lucia chairs the BPSO Steering Committee and provides support to all the implementation teams. She also mentors the Cultural Diversity team and participates as a team member on the Patient and Family Centred Care and eHealth teams. 

Jane Hess is Chief Nursing Officer and Director of Healthy Living and Development at the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit
Jane holds a diploma in nursing from St. Lawrence College in Brockville, a B.Sc.N from Western University and a Masters of Nursing from Athabasca University. She has been with the Health Unit since 1994 and been responsible for programming within most of the Ontario Public Health Standards.  She was instrumental in the Health Unit becoming designated as a Best Practice Spotlight Organization (BPSO) through the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO) in 2018.




Avis de non-responsabilité

The opinions expressed by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies or views of Public Health Ontario, nor does the mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by Public Health Ontario.


Public Health Ontario is committed to complying with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). If you require accommodations to participate in this event, please contact 647-260-7100 or events@oahpp.ca.

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Mis à jour le 22 oct. 2019