Building Bridges: Creating Sustainability in the Newcomer Health Clinic through Planned Transitions to Community Providers


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September 19, 2017


The National Collaborating Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCCID) continues its series of public health podcasts and webinars on refugee health. This time our webinar will offer an overview of the Newcomer Health Clinic practice under Nova Scotia Health Authority (NHSA). This will include the model of care, patient readiness and screening procedures devised by the transitional newcomer health clinic. Ms. Ashley Sharpe and Dr. Tim Holland will discuss in detail the transition model developed to move patients from our specialized refugee health clinic to community primary care providers. This will include a discussion regarding current research to validate the model with some preliminary results.


Ashley Sharpe

Ashley is a registered nurse and health services lead in Primary Heath Care, Nova Scotia Health Authority. She supports collaborative family practices, including the Newcomer Health Clinic, which serves refugee populations in Halifax, Nova Scotia and area. From 2012-2015 she worked with displaced populations and others as a nurse with Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders in several different countries. This passion led her first to the nurse position at the Newcomer Health Clinic in 2015 when it opened under the banner of Nova Scotia Health Authority, before moving on to a health services lead position. As Newcomer Health Clinic nurse, her work included clinical care as well as planning for the 2016 Syrian Refugee influx as well as developing and implementing the transition model for the clinic.

Dr. Tim Holland

After completing a degree in philosophy and psychology, Tim Holland began study at Dalhousie medical school in 2007. His interest in Refugee Health began during his Family Medicine Residency in Halifax. Shortly after completing his residency, he began work with the Immigration Services Association of Nova Scotia and the Halifax Refugee Clinic to found a health clinic for refugees in Halifax. The Newcomer Health Clinic opened its doors to Refugees in May of 2014 (previously known as the Transitional Health Clinic for Refugees). Since that time, he has continued to be a physician lead for this clinic, which included overseeing the historic arrival of the Syrian Refugee Influx of 2016. He is also a member of the Steering Committee for Canadian Clinicians for Refugee Care.

Aside from his work at the Newcomer Health Clinic, Dr. Holland is also the Chair of Ethics for the Canadian Medical Association, Chair of the Policy and Health Issues Committee for Doctors Nova Scotia and President-Elect of Doctors Nova Scotia. Aside from these “extra-curricular” pursuits, Dr. Holland splits his clinical time between Emergency Medicine and Family Medicine. He currently divides clinical time equally between Emergency Medicine in Truro, Nova Scotia and Family Medicine. Dr. Holland’s family medicine time is equally divided between Refugee Health (at the Newcomer Health Clinic in Halifax) and First Nations health (at the Sipekne’katik Health Center in Indian brook, Nova Scotia).

Note: Funding for the series was provided by the Public Health Agency of Canada. The opinions expressed are those of the speaker(s) and do not necessarily reflect the official views of the Public Health Agency of Canada or the host organization, National Collaborating Centre for Infectious Disease (NCCID).