Black Health (PLANS)

Support for Black students aspiring to a career in health

PLANS seeks to increase representation of African Nova Scotians in the health professions through recruitment and retention, community collaborations and partnerships to improve health outcomes within the African Nova Scotian community.

PLANS offers programming (e.g. advising, mentorship, high school co-op, summer camp), resources (e.g. health program and career information), and attends community and school events to provide health career preparation and support to:

  • current post-secondary students
  • youth in junior high and high school including parents/families
  • community members, education and health organizations
  • teachers, student support workers, and guidance counsellors
  • post-secondary staff and faculty


Admissions Equity

Dalhousie University is committed to equity in admission to its programs for underrepresented groups. PLANS is committed to ensuring the appropriate application of admissions equity policies in the Faculties of Dentistry, Health and Medicine. This includes providing the necessary support ad connections to ensure student success.


To be considered under admissions equity, applicable bursaries/scholarship, and/or connected with appropriate supports (i.e. PLANS, Black Student Advising Centre), it is strongly encouraged to self-identify where indicated on applicable forms. Information gained from self-identification process is used only for admissions purposes and connecting students with appropriate resources and services. Current Dalhousie University students can check their self-identification status on DalOnline.

If you are interested in receiving support from PLANS or for more information please complete the PLANS Support Form.

*NB. International students (Students studying outside Canada) should contact the Dalhousie International Student Advising Centre for support.

PLANS is supported by the Johnson Scholarship Foundation, in collaboration with Dalhousie’s Faculties of Health, Dentistry, and Medicine, and Nova Scotia’s Department of Labour and Advanced Education and African Canadian Services Division (Department of Early Childhood Development and Education).

Program Manager


Timi Idris

Academic Director, Black Health


Dr. Leah Jones

Program Coordinator


Haley Matthews

Program Assistant


Kasia Johnson