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In memoriam for Beatrice (Bea) Ann McDonough

Beatrice (Bea) Ann McDonough:

We are saddened by the loss of our colleague and friend Beatrice (Bea) McDonough who passed away on February 21, 2015. Bea was a public health clinician with a research background in health promotion, population health, implementation research, knowledge translation and community development.

She was an integral part of our research team in the Department of Family Medicine working mainly on the Cardiovascular Health Awareness Program (CHAP) and the Truckers Research for Innovative Health Promotion Programs (TRIHPP).

Bea had an innate ability to mentor others, continually provided support and encouragement to her colleagues and trainees, and brought a positive energy to every project. She was a tireless advocate for the needs of marginalized and vulnerable populations and brought these issues to the forefront of her research. Bea was an accomplished researcher and teacher. She completed a Masters in Nursing Science and a Masters in Science and was working towards completing her PhD in health policy and organizational networks at the University of Toronto. She held cross appointments as an adjunct associate professor in the Department of Family Medicine at McMaster University and as a clinical faculty member in the Faculty of Nursing at McMaster University. Bea tutored and supervised undergraduate and graduate students in Nursing and the Masters of Health Promotion programs.

Bea was a co-investigator with the CHAP for 13 years. In that time, she provided the health promotion context and chronic disease prevention risk mitigation perspective. She was also responsible for recruiting many of CHAP’s community partners and developing part of the training for the peer volunteer aspect of the program. Bea’s most recent contribution was as a co-lead for the Community Health Assessment Program through Emergency Medical Services (CHAP-EMS); a community based initiative focused on the promotion and prevention of chronic conditions in older adults living in subsidized housing.

Bea also co-led the Diffusion of Health Innovation area of work within the Hamilton area Hypertension Collaborative that focused on how the organization of community-based networks foster screening, prevention and management of blood pressure through knowledge transfer and integration of research into practice. Bea was also involved in workplace health and wellness research with vulnerable populations in health promotion focusing on nontraditional occupations, specifically the transportation industry.

She was the co-lead of the Canadian Health Institutes of Research (CIHR) funded project Primary Health Care and Truck Drivers, and a CIHR funded dissemination grant that hosted knowledge transfer workshops with stakeholders in the trucking industry. This workplace initiative is the first in Canada to examine male lone workers in the transport sector, both from an individual health risk perspective and an organizational workplace capacity perspective.

Bea’s research contributions reflected her focus on population health and primary health issues and the integration of community-based and primary health care approaches to chronic disease prevention and management. Bea breadth of knowledge, depth of commitment and positive energy made her a joy to work with as a research leader within the Department of Family Medicine.

Bea will be greatly missed by her colleagues.