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Cancer & Work Week host Open House at Saint Mary’s University
20 October, 2016
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and in support the Work Wellness Lab is rounding out the month with an Open House. On Friday, October 21, 2016, the Cancer & Work Week Open House will be held in the new CLARI Network facility at Saint Mary’s University. This event will showcase the Partnership for a Healthy Workplace Response to Breast Cancer as well as the Cancerandwork.ca website launch. Also featured will be the new Masters of Applied Health Services Research (MAHSR) program, and you’ll have a chance to speak to the acting graduate program coordinator as well as a 2nd-year student about her experience, and learn about the variety of research programs of faculty involved with the program. The Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation (NSHRF)—a partner and supporter of the MAHSR program and much of the research showcased—will have an information table.
“This Open House is a fantastic opportunity to highlight some of the meaningful university-community research done at Saint Mary’s, as well as the rewarding research and training opportunities our students are involved in”, says Dr. Lucie Kocum, Work Wellness Lab Director and Acting MAHSR Graduate Program Coordinator. “Being Breast Cancer Awareness month, October is the perfect time to showcase research that engages the community and takes systematic action to create a healthy workplace response to breast cancer.”
This past summer, the Work Wellness Lab launched the Partnership for a Healthy Workplace Response to Breast Cancer to develop interventions for women with breast cancer. This initiative brings together stakeholders from Nova Scotia and across Canada to offer their experiences and expertise to support women with breast cancer in the workplace.
“October has been a busy month for our Partnership,” says Dr. Kocum. “Myself, Dr. Lynne Robinson and Dr. Catherine Loughlin all decided to involve ourselves heavily in events this month.”
In addition to this Open House, the Work Wellness Lab has been involved in Run for a Cure (Oct 2), attending the Institute for Work and Health's 2016 Alf Nachemson Memorial Lecture honouring Wolfgang Zimmerman and his work with the National Institute of Disability Management and Research (NIDMAR) (Oct 14), and is hosting the second workshop in the Partnership for a Healthy Workplace Response to Breast Cancer (Oct 28).
The Open House will also celebrate the launch of the new Canadian ‘Cancer and Work’ website (www.cancerandwork.ca). The East Coast launch will showcase the website through interactive stations along with on-site experts in the field of returning to work and cancer. The website was created by our partners, Dr. Christine Maheu (McGill University) and Ms. Maureen Parkinson (BC Cancer Agency), in partnership with the de Souza Institute.