CBU eye­ing com­mu­nity health is­sues

Cape Breton Post - - NEWS -

SYD­NEY — Cape Bre­ton Uni­ver­sity is eye­ing the cre­ation of a new cen­tre for the ad­vance­ment of pop­u­la­tion health.

Pres­i­dent John Harker says CBU is con­sult­ing fac­ulty and staff about a new cen­tre which would foster com­mu­nity health ini­tia­tives that fall within the uni­ver­sity’s man­date and will serve the res­i­dents of Cape Bre­ton.

“Grap­pling with pop­u­la­tion-based health is­sues is the re­spon­si­bil­ity of us all and cer­tainly a uni­ver­sity with ed­u­ca­tional, re­search and recre­ational re­sources should do its share,” he said in a release this week.

Harker said, as one ex­am­ple, there was a sense that with the new Cape Bre­ton Health Recre­ation Com­plex at CBU, there could also be some re­search and study into is­sues like how in­creased recre­ation can re­duce Type 2 di­a­betes.

“We have it in mind to in­crease what we do on health and get more of a com­mon un­der­stand­ing,” he said in an in­ter­view.

“We see schol­ar­ship and re­search ac­com­pa­ny­ing the use of those fa­cil­i­ties.”

CBU said in a release the new cen­tre could bring to­gether a core group of aca­demics in nurs­ing, sci­ence, so­cial sciences and other dis­ci­plines who can ex­pand sev­eral projects, pro­grams and part­ner­ships that have health ben­e­fits for the lo­cal pop­u­la­tion.

There are sev­eral ex­ist­ing ini­tia­tives al­ready on cam­pus that could lend crit­i­cal mass to the over­all fo­cus of the new cen­tre, in­clud­ing the Cen­tre of Ex­cel­lence for Pop­u­la­tion Health and Chronic Dis­ease Con­trol, Max Bell Health Care Model and health re­search projects led by CBU nurs­ing fac­ulty, as well as re­search on abo­rig­i­nal health, the release said.

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