Partnerships & Collaboration


One of UpLift’s four strategies is Partnerships and Collaboration. UpLift is a school-community-university partnership aiming to bring together a wide network of stakeholders to co-create UpLift within existing structures. UpLift acts as a catalyst with the common goal of healthy conditions and healthy public policy for healthier generations in Nova Scotia.

The UpLift Advisory Committee strategically guides our work and is composed of the following key partners:

Healthy Populations Institute

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Healthy Populations Institute (HPI) is a senate-approved research institute at Dalhousie University. HPI has a focus on capacity building and knowledge translation with a vision of healthy populations throughout the lifecourse and across generations. The UpLift office is housed under HPI, and provides many resources for day-to-day activities and needs.

Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation

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Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation (DMRF) is a registered charity that was founded in 1979. DMRF’s sole purpose is to fund medical research at Dalhousie University Medical School in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. Although systems-change initiatives are not a typical partnership for DMRF, they have been a proud and very valuable partner of UpLift. DMRF have been essential in UpLift’s fundraising efforts, and working as part of a transformational funding consortium, has leveraged $2.65 million in funding so far! DMRF has also supported the UpLift team in communications and marketing strategies, with online campaigns and expertise.

Nova Scotia Health Authority


Nova Scotia Health Authority’s (NSHA) vision is healthy people, healthy communities—for generations. NSHA Public Health works with others to understand and take action together to improve the health of our communities, with a strong history of leading work collaboratively with education partners at the local, regional and provincial levels via the Health Promoting Schools (HPS) approach. UpLift will advance the goal of HPS, which is to improve student health and learning outcomes by changing and impacting the school setting where children spend a significant portion of their time. Public Health has played a significant role in co-designing and supporting UpLift by co-chairing the Advisory Committee, participating on working groups and creating NSHA Youth Engagement Coordinator positions, which are funded by UpLift. Public Health is committed to working with partners to strategically embed UpLift efforts within existing structures to help accelerate outcomes and ensure sustainability.

QEII Foundation


The QEII Foundation and its donor community are the drivers of major healthcare innovation at the QEII Health Sciences Centre. With the support of our community, we raise funds for life-saving research, state-of-the-art facilities, the latest medical technology and clinical trials – touching every corner of the QEII and the Atlantic region.
The QEII Foundation is proud to be a part of the UpLift Funding Consortium – working with our donors to create healthier schools, communities and, ultimately, health care today and in the future.

Department of Education and Early Childhood Development

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The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD) is the provincial government department responsible for all early childhood education programs as well as the school system. The DEECE, along with the Regional Centres for Education (RCE), has been a proud partner of UpLift since 2017. The DEECD has committed significant time and resources to UpLift through supporting the overall strategy and the planning and evaluation processes. The Department of Education also brings expertise in existing programs in the Education system and the daily operation of the school system.

Department of Health and Wellness

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The Department of Health and Wellness (DHW) is the provincial government department responsible for all community and individual health services. The DHW have been a proud partner of UpLift since 2017. The DHW has contributed significant human resources. The DHW brings expertise on the existing health related programs for children and youth, and how they can be streamlined with UpLift.

Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage

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Within the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage (DCCH) UpLift works with the Division of Communities, Sport and Recreation. The DCCH has been a proud partner of UpLift since 2018. The DCCH brings valuable expertise on the unique aspects of communities across Nova Scotia, local partners to engage, existing programs, policies and areas of need.

Public Health Agency of Canada


The Public Health Agency of Canada’s (PHAC) Multi-sectoral Partnerships to Promote Healthy Living and Prevent Chronic Disease has pledged to fund UpLift up to $5 million subject to securing the same amount in private sector contributions. PHAC has officially been an UpLift partner since 2019, however they have provided support for UpLift since 2015. In addition to funding, PHAC provides guidance and support for UpLift, and connects UpLift with community partners to ensure all aspects are efficient and streamlined with existing programs and policies.

Conseil Scolaire Acadien Provincial (CSAP)


The Conseil scolaire acadien provincial (CSAP) is the only French-language school board in Nova Scotia, serving the entire province with 21 school and 19 pre-kindergarten sites. It offers a quality education in French, taking its cultural mandate into consideration.