The Public Health Association of Nova Scotia (PHANS) is a volunteer-run, non-profit organization, working to promote the health of Nova Scotians and our communities through education, advocacy, and empowerment.

Click the Member Signup button below to join PHANS today!

PHANS Awards

PHANS awards the Public Health Champion Award each year at the PHANS AGM. This is an honour intended to recognize an individual or organization who has demonstrated excellence in leadership, innovation and commitment to improving the health of Nova Scotians. The Marie McCully Collier Population and Public Health Student Award is presented to a part time or full time student who demonstrates a passion for public health as well as leadership in the field.

Deadline for 2020 applications is Monday, November 9th!

2020 Public Health Champion Application

2020 Marie McCully Collier Student Award Application


Our featured member for May is Melissa Chisholm. Melissa is a Human Nutrition Graduate and Dietetic Intern from StFX University. Melissa discusses food security, the social determinants of health, and the importance of hearing the voices from those living in the communities we work so hard to serve as public health professionals. Thank you to Melissa for your insights and thanks to Irene Gunn for facilitating the interview. Watch the full video by logging into the members section.

Public Health: A Return on Investment







Anyone living in Nova Scotia with an interest in  community health and advocating for health equity can join our team! Volunteering is a great way to give back to your community and effect change.

There are many benefits to becoming a member including:

  • Access to a members-­only listserv – a group email system providing information about PHANS activities, public health events, educational opportunities and updates
  • Access to quarterly online forums where you can learn about a variety of public health topics and network with other public health professionals
  • The ability to join the PHANS board or working groups to gain experience in volunteering and running a nonprofit organization
  • An opportunity to have a voice in influencing health policy in Nova Scotia


PHANS Awards

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From Africville to Alton Gas: A Pop-Up Book Launch

There's Something in the Water: Environmental Racism in Indigenous & Black Communities


A Conversation On Collaborative Family Practice Teams

LEPH 2018

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