Martens said she got a call a couple of weeks ago from Rideau Hall.
"That was pretty exciting," she said. "I thought, ‘Are you phoning the right person?' You always hear about people getting the Order of Canada and you never think it’s going to be you."
Martens is the third woman associated with MCHP to receive the Order of Canada, and she said "to have this little gem in Manitoba, this amazing research centre, recognized" is what thrills her the most.
Martens is also a professor in the Faculty of Medicine’s Department of Community Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba. Dr. Martens has held various research career awards, including a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) New Investigator Award (2003-2008) and presently a CIHR/PHAC Applied Public Health Chair (2008-2013). She has recently been named the 2010 YM/YWCA Woman of Distinction for Health & Wellness. Dr. Martens’ interests in health services and population health research include projects on the health status and healthcare use of Manitoba’s rural and northern residents, mental health and the use of healthcare services by those with mental illness, the health of Aboriginal people, and child health (including evaluating community intervention strategies to increase breastfeeding rates).
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