Gina Trinidad – Doctoral Student
Gina Trinidad has worked in healthcare for over two decades and has progressively advanced in formal leadership roles with the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA), from the front-lines to executive leadership. She has led many multidisciplinary teams and more recently, her leadership has been instrumental in managing multiple transformational initiatives occurring in the health system both at the regional and provincial levels. Currently, Gina is the WRHA Chief Health Operations Officer and is responsible for the leadership and oversight of operations for
Continuing Care (including long term care facilities and seniors care) and Community Health Services (including Home Care, Population Public Health, Mental Health & Addictions, and Primary Health care delivered across the community access centres) within the WRHA. She is also responsible for the many external partnerships with health care organizations which is a key component in advancing service delivery within the region.
A Registered Nurse by profession with both undergraduate and graduate degrees in Nursing from the University of Manitoba, Gina is a firm believer in lifelong learning and has added certification in lean management and coaching for improvement to her academic repertoire. She also holds a Graduate Certificate in Health Systems Leadership Program from the Royal Roads University and is now currently pursuing a PhD in Nursing.
As a collaborator and co-investigator, Gina continues to be involved in numerous research committees that have been awarded significant funding and has been a Thesis Committee Member for University of Manitoba graduate students.
Since nursing is one of the largest workforces in the health care system, strong nursing leadership, both at the front-line and executive levels, is vital in moving the discipline forward. Gina finds great opportunity in nursing and other health professions to add to health systems’ leadership research and knowledge translation. Her PhD Thesis topic focuses on contributing to the knowledge base of how nursing leadership influences the context of the workplace and ultimately, the quality of care individuals experience. More specifically, Gina plans to employ a qualitative research study focused on front-line nursing leadership behaviors to inform a leadership framework from an intersectional and critical leadership theory lens – an approach that has been largely untapped in nursing to date.
Balancing work life responsibilities with a young family of her own, Gina makes time for volunteering in her community as a Board of Director for a local independent school and more recently, she has taken on the Campaign Cabinet – WRHA Divisional Co-chair, United Way Winnipeg role to raise funds to support multiple community organizations targeted to vulnerable and the less fortunate in the community.