Karla Ghartey

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Assistant Professor / Faculty of Education and Professional Studies - School of Nursing
Full-time Faculty
Karla Ghartey a settler originally from and currently resides in Sudbury, Ontario which is located on the traditional lands of the Atikameksheng Anishnawbek and also the Wahnapitae First Nations, or its traditional name Wahnapitaeping. As a nurse with years over 15 years of experience working in Canada and abroad, her passion is community health. She has worked in many countries and realms of nursing, with her focus always being on the determinants of health and how they affect our most targeted persons. She is currently a student of the Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) program at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto with a focus on harm reduction. Always remember, HARM REDUCTION SAVES LIVES.
BScN, McGill University
MN, University of Toronto
DrPH (student), University of Toronto
Current Interests

Harm reduction, meaningful collaboration with persons with living expertise, substance use, drug policy, advocacy, and public health

Current and Future Research
  • Meaningful engagement with persons who use unregulated substances 
  • The potential for inpatient addiction medicine unit to improve connections with community addiction supports and reduce more acute health service use at Health Sciences North (HSN), Sudbury, Ontario
  • Willingness of persons who inhale their drugs in Sudbury, Ontario to use a supervised inhalation service

Killam, L. A., McAuliffe, J. C., Hutton, S. A., Lefebvre, M. E., Campbell, E. E., Robinson, R. P., & Ghartey, K. (2022). Cocreation of Virtual Online Poverty Simulations in Google Slides: An Interprofessional Collaboration Between Students and Their Professors. Computers, informatics, nursing : CIN, 40(1), 1–6. https://doi.org/10.1097/CIN.0000000000000858


2022, May - Ghartey, K. & Pollock, M. Peer power: the voice that deserves to be heard. [abstract and poster presentation]. Northern Health Research Conference at NOSM University, Sudbury, Ontario. Role: Presenter.

2021, September - Ghartey, K., Pollock, M., & Kimewon, C. STOPS – a journey of grassroots overdose prevention in northeastern Ontario. [concurrent session and abstract]. Mentoring, Education and Clinical Tools for Addiction (META) Partners in Health Integration (PHI). 4th Annual META-PHI conference, Toronto, Ontario, virtual presentation. https://www.metaphi.ca/assets/documents/conference/Slides2021/STOPS_Gha…

2018, May - Sckopke, C., Ghartey, K., Donato, E. Nursing student reflections on a cross-cultural clinical experience. [Conference presentation and abstract]. Canadian Network for Innovation in Education (CNIE) Conference, Sudbury, Ontario. https://www3.laurentian.ca/cnie-rcie/index.php/conference-abstracts/

2017, April – Ghartey, K. Cross Cultural Nursing Experience in Ghana [Conference presentation and abstract]. Global Alliance for Leadership in Nursing Education and Science (GANES) International Conference, Miami, Florida