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TD Bank Helps Address Health Inequities for African Nova Scotians

The Dartmouth General Hospital Foundation, alongside representatives from TD Bank Group, the Health Association of African Canadians, Nova Scotia Health Authority, the Black Cultural Centre, East Preston Day Care and Family Resource Centre and community members, launched the DGH African Nova Scotian Heart Health Outreach Program at the Black Cultural Centre on Valentine’s Day.

The program has been made possible thanks to a generous $125,000 gift from TD Bank Group, part of the Foundation’s Above and Beyond Capital Campaign. Through the TD Ready Commitment, the bank’s global corporate citizenship platform, TD is proud to help address health inequities. Leaders at Dartmouth General are concerned that African Nova Scotians from the communities of East and North Preston, Cherry Brook and Lake Loon are not seeking diagnosis and treatment of cardiac conditions at the hospital, in the same volume as other populations.

“Not only will this program enhance access to healthcare at our hospital, but it will also make an impact on the health outcomes for the entire community,” says Dr. Chadwick Williams. “As a physician at Dartmouth General, and a member of the Preston community, I am so thankful to TD for making this program possible, and for the community representatives who are coming together to ensure its success.”

Working with the Health Association of African Canadians (HAAC) and Nova Scotia Health Authority, the program will allow the hospital to establish a critical baseline understanding of cardiac health issues experienced by these communities. It will also support the implementation of new and innovative approaches to addressing barriers faced by high-risk and marginalized populations, with the goal of improving health outcomes.

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