McMaster University

McMaster University

Faculty of
Health Sciences

Announcement — Dorothy C. Hall Chair in Primary Health Care Nursing

Ruta K. Valaitis

Ruta K. Valaitis, RN, BScN, MHSc, PhD

Associate professor, School of Nursing

September 17 , 2007

From: John G. Kelton, MD, Dean and Vice-President, Faculty of Health Sciences

It is my great pleasure to announce the appointment of Dr. Ruta Valaitis as the Dorothy C. Hall Chair in Primary Health Care Nursing at McMaster University.

Dr. Ruta Valaitis is an associate professor in the School of Nursing at McMaster. She obtained a BScN at the University of Windsor, a MHSc at McMaster and a PhD at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Valaitis currently sits on two national task forces including the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing sub-committee on community health nursing education, as well as the Public Health Agency of Canada’s professional education work group to develop the national core competencies for immunization providers. Dr. Valaitis is also a member of a number of e-health advisory and steering committees including the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s E-Health Council for public health, Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario’s Advisory Committee on E-Health and the Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant LHIN E-Health Steering Committee.

She was a clinical consultant for the Public Health Research Education and Development (PHRED) with the City of Hamilton, Public Health Services Department from 1993 to 2007. Between 2004 and 2006 she was the director of learning technologies for the Faculty of Health Sciences.

Dr. Valaitis has published many papers on e-health applications in primary health care settings and e-learning in health sciences education. She has authored, co-produced or provided instructional design support for a number of e-learning programs in topics such as community development, the proposed draft public health core competencies, and health promotion program evaluation.

Recent areas of research include: primary health care content in Canadian undergraduate nursing programs; tools and methodologies used to support knowledge transfer in pubic health; evaluation of the use of online communities of practice to enhance knowledge exchange; effective uses of the Internet for health promotion; and e-learning applications in health sciences education. Dr. Valaitis is a member of the research team with the World Health Organization’s Collaborating Centre for Primary Health Care and Nursing Education at McMaster University. Future research will address strategies to strengthen primary health care collaborations between public health and primary care settings and build online communities of practice to support primary health care nursing locally, nationally and internationally.

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