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Claire Betker, RN, MN, PhD, CCHN(C)

I am proud to be a registered nurse. Over the past 35 years, I have had the opportunity to promote the health of individuals, families and communities and to make a difference in their lives. I believe we are all leaders. It is through our collective voice and action that we support the sustainability of our health-care system and create communities where people have an opportunity to be healthy.

As the director of population health and health equity with Manitoba Health, Healthy Living and Seniors, I engage in intersectoral policy, standards and program development. With the National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health, my previous work across Canada focused on leadership to advance health equity. With the Public Health Agency of Canada, I led the development of interprofessional competencies, used extensively for all of Canada’s public health practitioners in public health organizations, academia, and workforce development and professional associations.

RNs’ involvement in nursing specialty groups, provincial/territorial nursing associations and the Canadian Nurses Association contributes to the voice of nurses being heard. I believe that professional associations at local, provincial/territorial and national levels provide an opportunity for nurses to advance nursing and the health of people living in Canada.