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Welcome to Injury Free Nova Scotia



Welcome to the Injury Free Nova Scotia website.  

The province of Nova Scotia is vibrant and diverse, in its landscape, its weather and its people. We live in communities from urban and rural to something in-between.  Across this province we pursue unique life paths but are united in wanting health and happiness for ourselves, our families and friends, our communities and our province.

We live in this place together, a network of communities, each dealing with unique opportunities and challenges.  When communities are healthy they are invested in the wellness of others as well as themselves, and they work together to create an environment that is positive and healthy for all.  

We see supporting healthy communities as fundamental to our work.
 

"We need community action and policies to support healthy communities."
                                                                                                                          - Mark Hyman
 


jenna'slucycarseatWho We Are
Injury Free Nova Scotia is a provincial association (not-for-profit) committed to eliminating serious and preventable injuries in Nova Scotia.  We know that most incidents referred to as "accidents" that injure and claim the lives of our loved ones are in fact very preventable. We also know that to address our increasing health care costs we need to invest in prevention as well as in treatment.  Doing this work well requires working respectfully together with diverse groups within the realm of health and beyond.  We see our role as that of a positive change agent, - helping to build healthy public policy that will lessen injuries and save lives. We also see a role in bringing people together to inform, engage and mobilize them towards positive change.   

bbfinalHow do we do this?
We do this first through engaging health care professionals and researchers to share current and credible evidence on the causes of preventable injuries in this province and identify trends.  We then work with diverse stakeholder groups to incorporate community-level experience of the issue, assess current policies and determine policy changes that evidence indicates will impact most positively on injury levels.  Through then informing and engaging Nova Scotians to advocate with us for these policy changes, we work in partnership provincially to help create a safer province in which to work, play and explore.

Injury Free Nova Scotia appreciates being a part of a broader provincial health promotion network, reflecting injury prevention's important role in promoting overall good health for all Nova Scotians. 
 
ACTIVITY UPDATE:
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As the federal government's work to legalize cannabis moves forward, we are preparing to host a second series of cannabis conversations, following-up on those held in autumn of 2016. Our focus remains to support legalization, but advocate for the regulations that will safeguard our children and youth.
                                  (Legalization yes, commercialization no.)  
Please click on the cannabis tab to find out more about our organization's position and some of the credible evidence that supports it.
 
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The Annapolis Valley CAST (Communities Addressing Suicide Together) Conference will be held Thursday, September 7th at Brigadoon.

Link:
www.eventbrite.ca/e/peer-support-life-promotion-2017-annapolis-valley-cast-conference-tickets-35920006707

 
If you want to know more about our organization and the work that we do, contact Shirley Burdock CLICK HERE