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McMaster Faculty of Health Sciences Newsmagazine — Volume 6, Issue 1, Spring 2012

Dr. John M. Perkins Centre
The new nursing school community site is at 1429 Main Street E. in Hamilton.

New School of Nursing community site at the Perkins Centre

Nursing students have a greater opportunity to learn in the community with the opening of an off-campus site in Hamilton.

The new McMaster University School of Nursing community site is located at Homestead Christian Care's Dr. John M. Perkins Centre. The community development centre on Main Street East near Kenilworth Avenue is also home to 46 affordable apartments. The formal partnership with Homestead is a first of its kind for the nursing school, and will provide the school with office, classroom and clinic space at the Perkins Centre.

"This is a wonderful opportunity for McMaster to get its students off campus and into the community where our future nurses can see first-hand the role of nursing in community development and health promotion," said Catherine Tompkins, associate dean of the nursing school.

"Having students here really adds a certain vibrancy to it," said Jeff Neven, Homestead's director of operations. "Having a connection with the School of Nursing is really essential because it brings a holistic approach to health."

The Perkins Centre was named after John M. Perkins, a civil rights pioneer from Mississippi and tireless proponent of Christian community development and transformation.

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