Editor’s Note

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We are pleased to be entering a new chapter in Network’s 14-year history with this issue, our first online-only edition of the magazine. As technology moves forwards, the Canadian Women’s Health Network is moving forward as well and we are excited about the new opportunities that online publishing offers. In future issues, look for new features such as links to related articles and topics in our database, audio presentations by authors, and more!

This is also an exciting time for the entire CWHN, as we welcome new Executive Director Caryn Duncan. Caryn brings more than 20 years of experience in community organizations to the CWHN. She values the key role that the community sector plays in furthering social justice and equality, and is committed to addressing barriers to accessing health care in her work.
Prior to joining the CWHN, Caryn led the Vancouver Women’s Health Collective as Executive Director, advocating for women’s health care rights and for public health care in BC. A committed volunteer, Caryn served as the co-chair of the BC Health Coalition and was also a member of both the City of Vancouver Women’s Task Force and the BC CEDAW Group (Convention to Eliminate All Forms of Discrimination Against Women).We are pleased to welcome Caryn to the CWHN and look forward to an exciting future under her leadership!
This Fall/Winter issue brings us exciting new perspectives in women’s health, including work from the Centres of Excellence in Women’s Health.

Jennifer Bernier of the Atlantic Centre for Excellence on Women’s Health examines the health experiences of a marginalized population – criminalized women. From the National Network on Environments and Women’s Health, we get a fresh look at chemicals in our water as they question not just how individual chemicals added may affect people, but what happens when these chemicals combine. In a history of health indicators, the British Columbia Centre of Excellence on Women’s Health takes a look back how women have been left out of health research, and how researchers are working to improve that today.

Finally, through an interview with founder Leonie Couture, CWHN Knowledge Exchange Director Jane Shulman gives an inside look at how Montreal women’s organization HerStreet is helping homeless women regain their agency and their voices without judgement.

                                        Signy Gerrard,
                                        Director of Communications
                                        Canadian Women’s Health Network