Nova Scotia Brotherhood improving access to care

HALIFAX, NS – A new health team will help ensure African Nova Scotian men have access to the health care that they need.

The Nova Scotia Brotherhood team provides gender- and culturally-appropriate primary medical care plus health and wellness services for men of African descent across the greater Halifax area. The team is an initiative of Nova Scotia Health Authority, in partnership with African Nova Scotian Affairs and the Department of Health and Wellness.

“We know that there are specific health issues and barriers that the African Nova Scotian community faces when it comes to accessing health care,” said Tricia Cochrane, vice president, integrated health services, primary health care and population health. “This team will address key health issues and concerns that have been identified by African Nova Scotian men.”

The Nova Scotia Brotherhood team consists of a family doctor, registered nurse, dietitian, wellness navigator (social work), community liaison, and booking clerk, who work as a team to provide health promotion and wellness education, primary medical care, chronic disease management, navigation to community resources, and facilitation for community group connections.

“This team will offer both health care and health education to help African Nova Scotian men manage chronic diseases and stress, and learn how to be healthier – in their home communities, and in a way they can relate to,” said Health and Wellness Minister Leo Glavine.

The Nova Scotia Brotherhood team represents a new way of working together to provide primary health care services for African Nova Scotian men.

The Nova Scotia Brotherhood team serves the greater Halifax area, with locations in the communities of North and East Preston, Dartmouth, and Hammonds Plains, with health services being offered on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. The current schedule can be accessed on www.nsbrotherhood.ca.