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A DLSPH Researcher on Access to Care in the Far North

After spending her early years in Labrador, the North was always part of Prof. Susan Chatwood’s circle of friends and family. So it felt like a natural place to land when she became a nurse in the 1980s and wanted to address the lack of access to health care in remote communities.

She ended up working as far north as anyone could: the Arctic.

“They’re wonderful communities and the environment is beautiful,” says Chatwood, an associate professor in DLSPH’s Social and Behavioural Health Sciences Division. “You make good friendships. I’ve been able to work with so many amazing Elders and learn so much from that.”

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