Welcome to this website. Dr. Ruta Valaitis is the inaugural holder of the Dorothy C. Hall Chair in Primary Health Care Nursing.

Established in 2007, this endowed chair was named in honour of Dorothy C. Hall who was a pioneer in primary health care nursing and advanced practice nursing. She was also an esteemed international nursing consultant with the World Health Organization who impacted nursing in many countries such as Afghanistan, Denmark, India, Thailand, and Sri Lanka.

The $1-million research chair was created in 2002. We gratefully acknowledge a number of generous donations to the School of Nursing which was matched by the University. Donations include a bequest from the late Henrietta Alderson, who was one of three founding faculty members of the McMaster’s undergraduate nursing program, as well as contributions from other nursing faculty donors, including Dr. Dorothy C. Hall.

Research Funding

Patient/Caregiver Engagement in Community-Based Research on Older Adults

The overall goal of the project is to investigate the most effective way to use the existing strengths of a community to design community-based health-related programming, and to measure the impact...


 June 2016-December 2017

Co-Primary Investigator

Caring for Seniors with Multiple Chronic Conditions: A Team Approach to e-Health Supported Transitional Care

The proposed study will focus on learning about how to best implement a new model of interprofessional, community-based stroke rehabilitation so that it becomes normalized in practice. It will also...


 Sept. 1, 2016-Aug. 31, 2018

Co-Primary Investigator

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Scholarly Work

Canadian Centre for Advanced Practice Nursing Research (CCAPNR) Faculty Member

CCAPNR involves a group of multi-disciplinary, university-based researchers dedicated to creating new solutions for problems that challenge health and social services through the use of new models of care and evaluation. The team engages in research and professional education activities to address CCAPNR goals.



Deputy Director, World health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre (McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario) for Primary Care and Health Human Resource

Since 2009, Dr. Ruta Valaitis has been a Deputy Director, World health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre (McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario) for Primary Care and Health Human Resources. Dr. Valaitis was elected Secretary to the Pan American Nursing and Midwifery Collaborating Centres Network (PANNMCC) and served in that role from 2011 to 2013.



Executive Steering Committee for the Standards Modernization Process

The Executive Steering Committee for the Standards Modernization reports to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) provides overall strategic leadership and guidance on the review of the Standards Modernization with a goal to strengthen and enhance accountability and transparency within the public health system. Dr. Valaitis is an invited member of this committee which meets monthly which is guiding revisions to the Ontatio Public Health Standards 2008.



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