Healthy Pictou County gets funding


NEW GLASGOW – Healthy Pictou County is receiving a $13,875 grant through the new Healthy Communities Stream to support community efforts to attract and retain new doctors.

Health Minister Randy Delorey, Healthy Pictou County project navigator Nicole LeBlanc and chairman Murray Hill attended the announcement.

“The Healthy Communities Stream helps communities attract and retain physicians and their families through initiatives that use creativity and our diverse culture,” said Delorey on behalf of Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister Leo Glavine. “Government is pleased to support Healthy Pictou County’s efforts to promote the area as a great place to live.”
The doctor-led community group will create a guide to welcome physicians and their families to the community. It will include information on enrolling children in school and sports or cultural activities as well as raise awareness of what the county’s six municipalities have to offer.

“This funding provides a unique and exciting opportunity to build a welcome guide to Pictou County, allowing us all to come together and showcase how wonderful our community is,” LeBlanc said. “It will be a great resource to provide not only to incoming physicians and medical staff, but also to their families.”
The province launched the $200,000 Healthy Communities Stream in August. It was developed with input from community groups, municipal leaders, health professionals and the Nova Scotia Health Authority. The intent is to complement ongoing recruitment efforts by the health authority and government.

Healthy Pictou County is a physician-led, community organization focused on the attraction and retention of medical staff and students to Pictou County.Health Minister Randy Delorey, centre, was joined by Healthy Pictou County project navigator Nicole LeBlanc and HPC chairman Murray Hill at a funding announcement for the project. (Goodwin photo)