Indigenous Health Program Manager
Faculty of Medicine, Global Health Office
Global Health Office
Room C241, Clinical Research Centre
PO Box 15000
5849 University Avenue
Halifax NS B3H 4R2
Joe MacEachern Biography
Joe MacEachern joins the Global Health team as our new Indigenous Health Program manager, for the Faculty of Medicine. Joe is Metis and an experienced program manager with years of experience working within Indigenous communities. Joe’s work experience ranges from working in the Artic with the northern indigenous populations on the federal nutritious food subsidy program (Nutrition North) as the country food (traditional wild food) coordinator to working as the Culture program coordinator at The Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health. An award-winning and internationally recognized healthcare facility located in Ottawa, Ontario that services the diverse indigenous population of Ottawa. Most recently Joe has worked as the Non-Insured Health benefits Navigator at the Atlantic Policy Congress of First Nations Chiefs Secretariat (APC). The Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB) Program is a national program that provides coverage to registered First Nations and recognized Inuit for a specified range of medically necessary items and services that are not covered by other plans and programs.
Joe will be heading up the new Dalhousie University Faculty of Medicine’s Indigenous Health Program. This new innovative program is aimed at supporting the recruitment and retention of Indigenous students in medicine. The program also aims to address the recommendations made by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and further Dalhousie’s commitment to social accountability to the maritime Indigenous population. The program is available to all Indigenous applicants, providing mentoring (peer and professional) as well as admissions interview preparation.
Co-Chair Indigenous Working Group
Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, Department of Psychiatry
Room G27, Forrest Building
PO Box 15000
5869 University Avenue
Halifax NS B3H 4R2
- Aboriginal health
Amy Bombay Biography
Amy Bombay is an Ojibway (Rainy River First Nation) researcher who completed her MA (2008) and PhD (2012) at Carleton University in Psychology and Neuroscience, and recently completed a 2-year CIHR Fellowship at the University of Ottawa Institute Of Mental Health Research. In July 2014, Amy joined Dalhousie University as an Assistant Professor in 2014, being split between the Department of Psychiatry and the School of Nursing. She has led and been involved in various quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods projects investigating factors related to well-being and mental health among Indigenous adults and youth living on- and off-reserve. Her primary areas of inquiry have focused on exploring the relationships between historical trauma, contemporary stressor exposure, and stress-related pathology among Indigenous peoples in Canada. This work also explores how different facets of cultural identity are related to well-being through various mechanisms. One of her main programs of research has explored the different pathways by which Indian Residential School trauma is transmitted across generation, which has garnered extensive media interest and has been influential in influencing policy and practice related to Indigenous health.