About the Chair

The Echo Chair in Rural Women's Health Research was established in 2002 to provide strategic leadership with respect to women's health in rural settings by:

  • Developing leading research into Rural Women's Health including: health status, health determinants, health care needs, and the use of health care resources and effective models for health care delivery
  • Consolidating existing work in Rural Health and Women's Health by providing a central locus for educators, researchers, and community partners to share ideas, exchange information, develop collaborative programs and disseminate project findings
  • Expand opportunities for students, faculty and community members to participate in learning about issues in Rural Women's Health through curriculum development, communication and dissemination initiatives that aim to translate research outcomes into applied practice, community-based collaborative interventions, and mentorship programs that target younger women in professional practice
  • Promoting the critical application of a gender-lens to a broad range of education and research topics pertaining to Rural Women's Health and welfare


The Echo Chair in Rural Women's Health Research was made possible through the financial support of Echo: Improving Women's Health in Ontario (formerly the Ontario Women's Health Council) and Mr. and Mrs. Arthur and Sonia Labatt.  The endowment ensures a stable financial base for the Chair at Western University

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Echo Chairholder

Marilyn Ford-Gilboe
Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing

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