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Dr. Elaine Blacklock reflects on her planetary health work, offers practical steps to aspiring climate leaders

In 2015, Dr. Elaine Blacklock wanted to get involved in climate action but wasn’t sure how she could make a difference. Times have changed for the Sudbury pediatrician and NOSM University Assistant Professor, who is now NOSM University’s planetary health lead, the Chair of the Action on Climate Change Committee, and a columnist with the Sudbury Star.   “I think about climate change as a parent, and I think about it as a pediatrician,” Dr. Blacklock says. “My patients are young. We, as a society, think it’s right and good to invest money, time, and effort in their health care, yet we send them into a world that’s increa...

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NOSM University Alumna Honours Late Son with Gifts of Mounted Swordfish, Student Award

In memory of her son Haseeb Syed Zaib, a NOSM University alumna is investing in future physicians. Haseeb Syed’s Memorial Fund will provide $5,000 annually to a NOSM University student in any year who has financial need. The award is thanks to a donation by Dr. Jehan Zaib (Family Medicine, 2012), who is also an Assistant Professor.  Along with the fund, Dr. Zaib has donated a mounted swordfish that Haseeb caught shortly before his death in 2022.  Passionate about his community and about health care, Haseeb was a kind, humble, and intelligent person, and an exceptional student at Hammarskjold High School in Thunder Bay. He gradu...

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A labour of love: Meet Dr. Naana Jumah, OB-GYN and advocate for Indigenous maternal health 

Dr. Naana Jumah, an Obstetrician Gynaecologist at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre and Assistant Professor at NOSM University, is an ally and advocate for Indigenous maternal health, and the recent winner of the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada’s Carl Nimrod Educator Award. A Rhodes Scholar, PhD in Engineering and Harvard-trained physician, Dr. Jumah has chosen to return home to practise in Thunder Bay, where she grew up after immigrating from Ghana as a child.   She’s quick to credit the many role models who have inspired her—starting with Moffat Makuto, organizer of the Regional Multicultural Y...

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