On Tuesday May 16 a delegation of Gateway CERH board members traveled to Kitchener to sign a new Memorandum of Understanding with the School of Pharmacy at the University of Waterloo.

After a review of the history and recent activities of the two organizations, a look at future collaborations and synergies led to a decision to explore specifics and methodology of advancing rural health together.

The past ten years of the partnership between Gateway CERH and the School of Pharmacy has led to many projects, grants and research covering a wide array of health topics.

Investigating the Opioid Crisis in rural Southwest Ontario and considering the roles and responsibilities of rural community pharmacists in methadone treatment are just two of the impactful areas of collaborative research.

It is our hope that we can continue these activities that address relevant health concerns for all rural communities.

Over the years this relationship has been extremely productive, with many bright minds from the University of Waterloo School of Pharmacy assisting Gateway CERH on projects that promote health in our rural communities," Gwen Devereaux says, Gateway president.

Two people signing paperwork on a table

Dan Stringer and Andrea Edginton at Waterloo Pharmacy

“We are looking forward to continuing and strengthening our relationship with Gateway CERH," Andrea Edginton says, Hallman Director at the School. "Supporting health initiatives together will help strengthen our rural communities and positively impact our future health-care system.”

Those attending from Gateway included, Dan Stringer, board chair, Nancy Simpson, board secretary and Jay McFarlan, rural research chair and board member.

From the School of Pharmacy,  Hallman Director, Dr. Andrea Edginton, Dr. Nancy Waite, professor and Associate Director, Dr. Feng Chang, Associate professor, (also board member and rural research chair at Gateway CERH), Dr. Michael Beazely, Associate Professor, and Mary Stanley, Associate Director, Advancement.