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 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.
Did you know that 75% of the things that help make us healthy are not part of the health care system? Health is influenced by the social, economic and physical environments that we live in. In fact, health has more to do with the quality of the conditions in our homes, schools, neighborhoods, and work places than with the quality of our health care services!
Population Health Practitioners work in partnership with communities to positively influence the personal, social, economic, environmental and cultural contexts that affect our health and well-being so that people from all stages of life (early years to older adulthood) have a fair opportunity to live a healthy and productive life, regardless of their income, education or ethnic background. We promote thriving for all people of Saskatchewan recognizing that factors outside the health care system affect our health and well-being more than factors within.
There are approximately 48 Population Health Practitioners working in Saskatchewan. Join us in celebrating Population Health Promotion Awareness Week across Saskatchewan.
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.
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.
All of SPHA’s work is done by unpaid volunteers. Volunteering is one way to give back to our community.
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.
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 http://www.thinkupstream.net/wickedproblems