CBU eyeing community health issues
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.