Nova Scotia to invest $20K in recruiting, retaining doctors in Lunenburg County

A Lunenburg County community group has received funding to further its initiative to attract doctors to the area.
A Lunenburg County community group has received funding to further its initiative to attract doctors to the area. Pixabay

A community group in Lunenburg County is receiving a $20,050 grant through the province’s new Healthy Communities Stream to support community-led initiatives to attract and retain new doctors, according to a government announcement on Thursday.

The $200,000 Healthy Communities Stream launched in August. The province says it was developed with input from community groups, municipal leaders, health professionals and the Nova Scotia Health Authority.

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“The intent is to complement ongoing recruitment efforts by the health authority and government,” the government stated in a media release.

NOW Lunenburg County is a self-organized group of business and community leaders who have been meeting since 2014 with the purpose of developing and advancing the community economically.

The community group will create a series of six online videos to walk doctors through the process of starting a life and practice in Lunenburg County. The videos will be presented as webinars, enabling doctors to ask questions and receive responses in real time as the episodes are released.

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“This grant will make a huge impact on our ongoing work to grow the population and specifically to attract doctors to our county,” said Tina Hennigar, population growth co-ordinator for NOW Lunenburg County.

According to the community group, the six online videos will explore a variety of topics focused on doctors, including finding a home, schools for children, jobs for spouses and things to see and do in the area.

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The government said a maximum of $25,000 in funding is available through the Healthy Communities Stream.

Municipalities, museums, libraries, social enterprises, First Nations, communities, community groups and cultural organizations that are registered Nova Scotia not-for-profits may apply, according to the province.

The next round of applications for the program closes Dec. 1.