Promoting the Health of Saskatchewan
through education, advocacy & empowerment

Saskatchewan Public Health Association (SPHA) is a volunteer run, non-profit, non-governmental organization with a mission to promote the health of Saskatchewan people and their environment through education, advocacy and empowerment.

The organization was founded in 1952 and incorporated in 1980. It is affiliated with the Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA). SPHA’s membership includes individuals from a wide variety of professional health backgrounds such as community health nurses, health educators, public health inspectors, medical health officers, epidemiologists, educational psychologists, nutritionists, podiatrists, environmental health officers, health researchers, dentists, community program planners, project coordinators, health administrators and community health directors, as well as concerned citizens. We welcome all interested members.

CPHA Return on Investment

The Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) is the national, independent, not-for-profit, voluntary association representing public health in Canada. CPHA’s members believe in universal and equitable access to the basic conditions which are necessary to achieve health for all Canadians.

You can find out more here.

Upcoming Events

Prevention Matters 2017: Standing Together for Children’s Health

Start date: October 4, 2017

End date: October 6, 2017

The Saskatchewan Prevention Institute is pleased to invite individuals in your department to submit abstracts for Prevention Matters 2017: Standing Together for Children’s Health. The conference will be held in Saskatoon, SK at TCU Place, October 4-6, 2017.  For more information, please go to



All of SPHA’s work is done by unpaid volunteers. Volunteering is one way to give back to our community.

Get involved and volunteer!

Do you want to network with the public health leaders of Saskatchewan? Gain valuable work experience? It’s the best way to make the most of your membership and advance your career.

Why join SPHA?

Get the latest public health events, activities and news through our website.

Join our collective voice to express public health concerns to government, industry and other interest groups.

Network and share knowledge through discipline-specific Communities of Practice. You can even start your own!

Connect and work with Saskatchewan’s public health leaders.


Poverty Reduction in Saskatchewan

Background and Context: Poverty Reduction Report 

Community View

Saskatoon Region Social Determinants of Health

Saskatoon Food System

Saskatoon Regional Food Assessment and Action Plan: Saskatoon Food System Assessment 

Global Change & Public Health

Addressing the Ecological Determinants of Health.

 Where is Public Health? A panel discussion with Dr. Carrie Bourassa and Dr. David Jones. Recorded on June 9, 2016 at the University of Saskatchewan.Topics covered include the role of public health in answering the Calls to Action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, integration of health and human services systems, and how to better make the case for investment in public health to address the social determinants of health.


Dr. Carrie Bourassa is a professor of Indigenous Health Studies at First Nations University of Canada. She is Metis, and was born and raised in Regina, and received her academic training at the University of Regina, including a PhD in social studies. She has worked in policy development with the provincial government, as well as in academia. Her research interests include the impacts of colonization on the health of First Nations and Métis people; creating culturally competent care in health service delivery; Aboriginal end of life care and Aboriginal women’s health.

Dr. David Jones has a medical degree and a Masters of Health Science in Community Health and Epidemiology, both from the University of Toronto. He has worked in many areas of clinical medicine and public health in his long and distinguished career. He served as chief medical health officer and executive director of the Population Health and Primary Health Services Branches for the province from 1995 to 2002. In 2004, when the Public Health Agency of Canada was established, he was appointed as its first Chief Public Health Officer, a position he held until 2014.

He has served as the President of the Canadian Public Health Association and Vice-President of the American Public Health Association. In 2010, he was awarded the R.D. Defries Award, CPHA’s highest award, honouring his outstanding contributions to public health in Canada. After having strokes in 2012 and 2015, Dr. Jones is now working fewer hours, teaching and advising on public health through Health Canada’s First Nations and Inuit branch in Atlantic Canada and Ottawa. He also serves on the National Board of the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

For an interview with Dr. Jones prior to this panel, see


Board of Directors

Executive Members

Wanda Martin – President

Wanda Martin is an RN with a PhD in Nursing. She is an Assistant Professor at the College of Nursing, University of Saskatchewan. Her research focus is in reducing health inequities, particularly involving community food security and quality housing. Wanda moved to Saskatoon in 2014 from British Columbia after completing a PhD in Nursing at the University of Victoria with a focus on food security and food safety. She is originally from New Brunswick.

Fleur Macqueen Smith – Vice President

Fleur is the Director of Government Relations and Health Promotion at the Heart and Stroke Foundation in Saskatchewan. She has 20 years of experience working in communications and in population health research and knowledge translation. For ten years, she led knowledge translation in the Healthy Children research program at the Saskatchewan Population Health and Evaluation Research Unit. In 2011, she was awarded a Knowledge Translation Graduate Award by the National Collaborating Centres for Public Health for her master’s research in knowledge translation and communities of practice, and its application. Her interests include child and youth health and wellbeing, indigenous health, and healthy public policy.

Anh Pham – Treasurer

Born and raised in Saskatchewan, Anh Pham loves adventures, enjoys coffee and is passionate about community. She obtained a Bachelor’s in Nursing at the University of Saskatchewan, and worked for a year as a cardiac nurse. Through experiences and working in acute care, she was driven to work upstream and recognized her passion for health promotion, food security and community development. She went on to pursue a Master’s of Public Health and has experiences volunteering and working with local organizations in the city of Saskatoon with a focus on program evaluation.

Karen Lehmann – Secretary

Karen Lehmann is an Instructor with the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Regina and teaches in the SCBScN program both in Swift Current and Regina. Prior to her work with nursing students, Karen worked in as a Public Health Nurse in rural Saskatchewan for 25 years. She has a Master of Nursing from the University of Saskatchewan. Her interests lie in the areas of patient education, early childhood development, determinants of health, and rural health.

Greg Riehl – Past President

Directors at Large

Melissa Dykhuizen (student representative)

Melissa is a PhD Nuring student and teaches nursing at Saskatechwan Polytechnic.

Nicole Braun

Nicole Braun is a Population Health Promotion Practitioner working in cancer prevention at the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency. Previously Nicole worked at various non-profits in Saskatoon, including the Saskatoon Food Bank and Learning Centre. She has a Masters of Public Health from the University of Alberta.

Marie Dietrich Leurer

Marie Dietrich Leurer is an Assistant Professor with the College of Nursing, University of Saskatchewan. She is an RN with a PhD in Community Health and Epidemiology. Prior to teaching, Marie worked as a public health nurse for over twenty-five years in rural Saskatchewan. Her professional practice and research interests include public health nursing education and practice, early childhood, vulnerable populations, healthy public policy and knowledge translation.

Kari Engele-Carter

Kari has been the President of Saskatchewan Branch of the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors since Fall of 2013 and a member of the National Executive Council of the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspector.  Kari is employed as the Senior Public Health Inspector leading environmental programs of Onsite Sewage Disposal Systems, Plumbing, Water and Land Use within Saskatoon Health Region. Kari Engele-Carter obtained a BSC in Microbiology and Immunology from the University of Saskatchewan in 2001 and subsequently attended Concordia University College of Alberta’s After-Degree Program in Environmental Health. 

Stephanie McClean

Stephanie is a dietitian and diabetes educator and has worked as a community nutritionist in rural and First Nations communities for over five years. She is passionate about upstream solutions to health inequities, particularly surrounding food security and breastfeeding promotion.  She recently completed degree requirements for a Master’s of Public Health at the University of Saskatchewan where she spent much of her time working as a research assistant on a variety of projects, focusing on biostatistics. Stephanie currently volunteers with SK Advocates for Safe Consumption (SASC) and is completing a cost-minimization project for the screening of newborn jaundice in partnership with the Saskatoon Health Region.  She enjoys gardening, cooking and exploring the outdoors with her husband, son and big red dog. 

Nicole Ferguson

Nicole is a manager in the Health Promotion department of the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Nicole has a Bachelor of Health Studies from the University of Regina, and her recent work has been focused on helping school divisions and communities develop healthy food policies (in partnership with the Public Health Nutritionists of Saskatchewan), working with oral health professionals to educate them and the public on the harmful effects of sugar consumption, and supporting several First Nations communities with community gardens and food security projects. 

Leslie Malloy-Weir


Michael Schwandt

Michael Schwandt is a public health physician and researcher with an interest in health equity. After completing his medical doctorate at the University of Manitoba, he carried out specialist training in Public Health and Preventive Medicine at the University of Toronto, receiving certification as a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada. He also completed a residency in Family Medicine at Women’s College Hospital in Toronto, focusing on clinical practice and research in sexual and reproductive health, as well as a Master of Public Health from Harvard University.

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