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Professor awarded for bridging mental health and primary care

Published: September 22, 2010
Nick Kates
Nick Kates, professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences and associate member in the Department of Family Medicine

For his leadership in building bridges between mental health and primary care services in Canada, Nick Kates has been named an honorary member of the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC).

The professor of the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine holds appointments in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences and the Department of Family Medicine at McMaster University. He has been recognized for his contributions to advancing awareness, understanding and resources for mental health care in Canada.

Since 1997, Kates has served as co-chair of The College of Family Physicians of Canada/Canadian Psychiatric Association Collaborative Working Group on Shared Mental Health Care in Canada. He has also served as chair of the Canadian Collaborative Mental Health Initiative where he worked to develop a strategy for collaboration between mental health and primary care services across Canada.

His research interests include redesigning health care delivery systems, integrating mental health services within primary care settings and quality improvement.

"The majority of mental health problems in Hamilton — and in most Canadian communities — are managed in primary care, often with limited involvement of mental health and addiction services," said Kates. "Better collaboration between the two sectors can make it a lot easier for a person with a problem to receive the care they require, when they need it."

Honorary membership in the CFPC is conferred upon individuals, other than family physicians, who have made significant contributions to the health and well-being of the population, and whose efforts reflect the mission and principles of The College of Family Physicians of Canada.

Kates will receive his honorary membership on Oct. 16, 2010.

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