December 14, 2015
Halifax, NS - Today the IWK Health Centre celebrated the announcement of Dr. Leslie Anne Campbell as the new Sobey Family Chair in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Outcomes. The first of its kind in Canada, the Chair is a cross appointment between the IWK Health Centre and Dalhousie University, and was made possible by a $3 million donation from members of the Sobey family.
“The evidence is clear, the mental health of children and youth across Atlantic Canada represents a call to action,” said Tracy Kitch, President & CEO, IWK Health Centre. “This Chair represents an opportunity to work with clinicians, families, children, partners , government, and private industry to pioneer new thinking, create understanding and transform health care. Because of the generous gift of the Sobey family we are able to bring a clear focus on improving care and improving outcomes through the work of the inaugural Chair.”
In her new role, Dr. Campbell will focus on the development of a program of outcomes research in conjunction with the Mental Health and Addictions program at the IWK Health Centre.
"I am extremely grateful to the Sobey family for their generous, compassionate, and forward-thinking support of mental health outcomes research here at the IWK Health Centre,” said Dr. Campbell. “This role will allow me to work with the Mental Health and Addictions Program to ensure that each child, adolescent, and family receives the best possible mental health care by using data to help make informed improvements. I am honoured to have been entrusted with this important work."
The growing field of outcomes research brings many disciplines and experts together to improve treatment and care for patients and families, guide policy and planning and provide insight about making everyone’s efforts more effective, timely and patient-centred.
This Chair was only possible thanks to the vision and generosity of the Sobey Family and their ongoing commitment and support for the mental health of children and youth.
“The Sobey Family and the Sobey Foundation are delighted to support this transformative initiative in youth mental health outcomes at the IWK and Dalhousie University,” said Heather Sobey-Connors. "Leveraging the remarkable clinical and research accomplishments of two of Atlantic Canada’s most outstanding institutions, we look forward to the advancements that they will bring under the leadership of Dr. Lesley Ann Campbell, the newly appointed Sobey Family Chair in Youth Mental Health Outcomes.”
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