Claire Betker, RN, MN, PhD, CCHN(C)
For more than 40 years, as a Registered Nurse, Claire has had the opportunity to promote the health of individuals, families and communities. Claire’s nursing career began in southwestern Manitoba at a rural single-nurse public health office. Over the next four decades, she has worked in public health, home care and primary health care in a variety of settings and positions at local, regional, provincial and national levels.
Claire believes all nurses are leaders. It is through our collective voice and action that we successfully advocate for our profession, support the sustainability of the health system and create communities where people have a fair opportunity to be healthy. Claire is currently the Scientific Director for the National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health (NCCDH), hosted by St Francis Xavier University in Antigonish Nova Scotia. Her focus there is on public health leadership to advance health equity across Canada. The NCCDH is one of six federally funded, national public health knowledge centres. It mobilizes knowledge to contribute to the Canadian public health sector’s capacity and decision-making to address social conditions that determine health.
Claire believes that strong professional nursing associations play an essential advocacy role not only for policy and system change but also for the advancement of the profession as well as the health of all people living in Canada. Claire is a CNA-certified community health nurse and a past president of the Community Health Nurses of Canada.