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Kathryn Roka

I am currently entering the third year of the MNSc program and my supervisor is Dr. Dana Edge.  Following a 13-year career as a Bay Street, Toronto Law Clerk, I transitioned from law to health care in 2008 when I graduated from Queen’s University as a Primary Health Care (PHC) Nurse Practitioner. The focus of my research is examining the interactive effect of income status and patient's status in patient enrollment models on the uptake of cancer screening. Completion of this MNSc research is anticipated by early 2017.

Prior to joining the Brock Community Health Centre as a Nurse Practitioner in 2015, I worked in a variety of PHC settings including Nurse Practitioner Led Clinics in Peterborough and Belleville and Community Health Centres in P.E.I. and Oshawa each with a focus of providing PHC services to hard-to-reach populations.  I am most proud of my work as a PHC nurse practitioner with the Unattached Patient Health Assessment (UPA) clinic funded by the Central East LHIN.  During this nine-month pilot project (2009-2010), colleagues and I provided PHC services to hundreds of patients who had not been linked to a PHC in years. In 2011, I completed a 6-week locum in a remote portion of P.E.I. in an effort to provide PHC to as many Islanders as possible. I have been a leader amongst my peers by facilitating educational opportunities for nurse practitioners.  I am the NPAO Director of Continuing Health Education (2012- 2016) and the past Founder and Chair of the Durham Nurse Practitioner Group (2008 – 2012).