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Cost of interest group: $45; $25 for New Graduates; $10 for undergraduate nursing students (Inc HST)
                                                HST Registration # 827763707RT0001

CHNIG’s mission is to act as the voice of community health nurses. The key role of CHNIG is to help influence the health-care system and health and social policy in areas that affect the work of community health nurses and the public they serve.

CHNIG provides members with opportunities for: knowledge exchange through professional development including relevant webinars and health promotion seminar series; networking with other community health nurses; involvement on professional practice committees; bursaries and awards for education, research, excellence in practice, and participation in annual general meetings (AGMs); advocacy on issues important to community health nurses; and participation in forums to influence health policy.

CHNIG is a constituent member of the Ontario Public Health Association (OPHA). CHNIG executive meetings are held three times per year and are open to all members.

As a member of this RNAO interest group you are entitled to:

  • CHNIG eBlasts
  • Community nursing input into decision making
  • Frequent communication and updates via CHNIG website and social media platforms including Twitter, Instagram and Facebook
  • Representation at RNAO assembly meetings
  • Forum to influence health policy
  • Opportunity to apply for educational bursaries and research grants

Reasons to join CHNIG:

  • Knowledge exchange in the form of professional development, including health promotion seminars series webinars.
  • Network with other community health nurses.
  • Financial assistance including scholarships and awards to recognize your contributions and to aid your education or research.  Bursaries are also available to support attendance at the National Community Health Nursing Conference and the RNAO/CHNIG AGMs.
  • Advocacy on issues you believe are important to community health nursing.
  • Influence best practice development in particular changes related to primary care, public health, home health and education.
  • Participation in CHNIG's workshop.


  • Influence health and social policy.
  • Build capacity and leadership in community health nurses (CHNs).
  • Strengthen the profile of CHNs and articulate the significance of their practice
  • Promote, engage and maximize membership in CHNIG.
  • Maximize nursing student involvement in community health nursing and CHNIG.


President – Susan Tam
Past President – May Tao
Treasurer – Suzana Tavares
Secretary – Claire Alexander
Member Benefits – Natalia Stovicheck
Governance – Cindy Baker-Barill
​​​​​​Research, Education and Professional Development Co-Leads – Emily Belita and Pragathi Mulbagal
Professional Practice (Home Health) – Kay McGarvey
Professional Practice (Public Health) – Karen Parkinson
Communications: Website – Janet Leung
Communications: Social Media – Kelly Huang
Ontario Public Health Association (OPHA) Liaison – Kerrianne Thompson
Policy and Political Action – Felicia Kontopidis
Student Representatives (2 positions)Vacant [Board to Appoint]

Last updated: July 24, 2020

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