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Hamida Bhimani
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Ontario Association of Public Health Nursing Leaders Representative: Hamida Bhimani RN, BScN, MHSc.

Hamida Bhimani is the Head of Nursing Practice for York Region Public Health with responsibility for leading strategic initiatives in the areas of nursing practice and leadership.  In 2013, she completed an advanced clinical practice fellowship with the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario, which focused on designing a framework for leadership development based on coaching and mentoring principles.  She recently piloted a leadership development program for emerging leaders that utilizes group and individual coaching strategies, which has received an Honourable Mention for Excellence through the Association of Talent Development.  She also co-facilitates the Practical Strategies for Women Leaders course for the Schulich Executive Education Centre at York University.  Hamida is the President of the Ontario Association of Public Health Nursing Leaders.  She is also a member on the Ismaili Council for Canada where she leads the Planning and Performance Evaluation Portfolio and the Women’s Portfolio. Prior to joining York Region, she led research-based policy and program design projects at the Ministry of Children and Youth Services in the Early Learning and Child Development Branch.  Hamida is also skilled in evaluating organizational performance having led best practice research work as a manager for the Hospital Report at the University of Toronto.   Hamida holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master of Health Science (in Administration). She is a Certified Health Executive through the Canadian College of Health Leaders.





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