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

CPHA Webinar Series for Students, Trainees and Early Career Members

Start date: September 7, 2016

End date: April 4, 2017

Time: 1200-1300 ET

Location: Webinar

CPHA is organizing a webinar series for its students, trainees, and early career members. The webinars are a combination of mentorship sessions featuring speakers working in various public health professions and skills-building sessions that will provide participants with career-related tips and tools.

The webinars will occur monthly from September 2016 to April 2017 from 12:00-1:00 pm ET.

Cost:

Free for CPHA members

Free for Public Health Physicians of Canada (PHPC) members in the months of October 2016 and April 2017

$12 each for non-members

See the CPHA website for more details here.

Membership

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.

Resources

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.

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.

Jill Aussant – Treasurer

Jill’s academic career at the University of Alberta began when she initiated a Bachelor of Science degree in Foods and Nutrition. From the University of Alberta, Jill began a two-year dietetic internship with the Medicine Hat Regional Hospital. After completing internship and obtaining her professional designation as a Registered Dietitian, Jill worked in two different positions in rural Saskatchewan. These generalist positions afforded many diverse experiences from which Jill gained experience working as a clinical dietitian, administrative/food service dietitian and community dietitian.

From there, Jill’s interest in public health and community nutrition brought her back to Alberta to take a position with the Calgary Health Region as a Public Health Nutritionist. Jill has been a practicing Registered Dietitian for 22 years. Jill presently works with the Health Promotion Department, Population and Public Health, Saskatoon Health Region and focuses on the areas of food security and improving environments to enable all to achieve health. Previously in Calgary she worked in trans fat reduction policy for the Calgary Health Region and co-led the assessment phase of a health impact assessment with the department of healthy public policy. Jill has been involved in a variety of projects in the school health area including the School Nutrition Handbook, the subsequent evaluation of the handbook, the creation of healthy vending machine criteria and messaging to compliment the vending tools. Jill has written numerous nutrition articles and resources for the public and for health professionals including newsletters, research briefs, and literature reviews. Jill has co-authored a school nutrition framework documents for the Alberta Coalition for Healthy School Communities and has been a presenter at provincial and national health conferences in the area of public health nutrition and health promotion.

Jill completed a Master of Science degree from the University of Alberta (2001) in the area of health promotion and completed a qualitative research thesis on the factors that impact breastfeeding duration among women living on a low income. Jill’s particular area of interest is in creating physical and social environments that enhance the likelihood that we can all lead healthy lives.

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

Suneil Bapat (student representative)

Suneil Bapat is a 2nd year Masters of Public Health student at the University of Saskatchewan. His areas of research and professional interests include preventive medicine, social determinants of health, health promotion and health equity.

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

Amanda Froehlich Chow

Nazeem Muhajarine

Nazeem Muhajarine is a social epidemiologist, and is professor and chair, Department of Community Health and Epidemiology, U of Saskatchewan. He has worked with community and government leaders in conducting research on child health, and the role of social and economic status in health care services.

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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