Collaborating in equitable health care delivery, research, education and advocacy

We are excited to share a collaboration between the Nova Scotia College of Social Workers (NSCSW) and a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) funded project titled, “Voices That Count: Providing Culturally Inclusive Mental Health and Substance Use Health Service Delivery to Youth of African Descent in Canada.” led by Dr. Ifeyinwa Mbakogu.

This partnership embodies our shared commitment for advancing the provision of equitable mental health and substance use (MHSU) care for marginalized groups in Nova Scotia. The study encompasses a range of research methods, including interviews, focus group discussions, and art-based approaches, involving youth of African Descent (and their caregivers) who have interacted with or sought access to mental health and substance use services in Nova Scotia. Additionally, the project involves a survey targeted at mental health and substance use service providers in Nova Scotia.

We are proud to help support this initiative, while looking forward to disseminating findings from the project and collaborating to advocate for the recommendations. Mark your calendars and stay tuned for a special mini-conference in February!

Be part of the research, and help us have a better understanding of the unique challenges, barriers and opportunities that exist in Mi’kma’ki by completing the following survey:

For further information or inquiries about this collaboration, please feel free to reach out to or You could also visit the project website: