Dr. Jenny Ploeg is a Full Professor in the School of Nursing, Faculty of Health Sciences, and Associate Member in the Department of Health, Aging and Society, McMaster University in Hamilton. She is an investigator with Diabetes Action Canada. With Dr. Maureen Markle-Reid and Dr. Ruta Valaitis, she is Co-Director of the Aging, Community and Health Research Unit at McMaster University. Funded by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research, the research unit is focused on the development and evaluation of innovative community-based interventions to optimize aging at home among older adults with multiple chronic conditions and to support their family caregivers.
Dr. Ploeg’s program of research is focused on two key areas: (a) evaluation of health services for older adults with multiple chronic conditions and their family caregivers living in the community, and (b) evaluation of best practice guideline implementation, sustainability and spread. Dr. Ploeg has received many Tri-Council and other grants as a Principal Investigator and co-investigator, and has over 150 peer reviewed publications. She provides supervision and mentorship to a number of Masters and PhD students. She has won a number of awards including Distinguished Fellow Adjunct Professor, Mohawk College; Distinguished Alumnus Award, Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto; Hamilton Council on Aging Volunteer of the Year award; and McMaster University Faculty of Health Sciences Graduate Supervision Award.