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.


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? Get involved and volunteer! It’s the best way to make the most of your membership and advance your career.

Direct SPHA Membership

Membership Fees

Conjoint Membership with CPHA

To become a member of CPHA alone or conjoint with SPHA please go to the CPHA New Member webpage

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.

Newsletters will be added here. 

There are no upcoming events.


Poverty Reduction in Saskatchewan

Background and Context: Poverty Reduction Report 

Community View

Saskatoon Region Social Determinants of Health

Social Return on Investment - Garden Patch

This project was partially funded by SPHA 

Global Change & Public Health

Addressing the Ecological Determinants of Health.

Health Equity Tools

The Equity Lens in Public Health Team at the University of Victoria (in BC) has developed this Inventory of Health Equity Tools.

Supporting Low Emissions

Support of the City of Saskatoon Low Emissions Plan.

NCCDH Resource Library

National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health has a resource library with more than 150 resources.

Board of Directors

Executive Members

Thlina Bandara – President

Thilina is a research officer with the Urban Public Health Network with experience in mixed methods research and knowledge translation. He is interested in understanding the implementation and effects of universal vs. targeted policy approaches in health and social systems, as well as in public and private innovations that work to improve health equity.

Fleur Macqueen Smith – Past-President

Fleur 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.

Name – Vice President


Kara Moore - Treasurer

Kara is an RN with her masters in nursing. If she’s not cooking something delicious, you can find her enjoying outdoor activities! Kara is faculty with the School of Nursing at Saskatchewan Polytechnic and has practiced as an RN in the health region for over 10 years. Kara is interested in healthy public policy, education, and leadership; and is passionate about community, health, and wellness. Kara is excited to be a part of the SPHA and encourages everyone to get involved in something they believe in!

Chelsea Belt - Secretary

Directors at Large

Jasmin Ogren - student representative


Shayna Moore

Shayna is a registered nurse in Regina.

Josh Marko

Josh is an epidemiologist with the Saskatchewan Health Authority. 

Zoher Rafid-Hamed


Lauren Ritchie

Lauren has a BSc in Kinesiology, and has recently completed a Master of Public Health degree, both from the University of Saskatchewan, and she will be starting medical school at USask in the fall of 2020. In 2019, she did her MPH practicum analyzing online communications content of indoor tanning retailers for the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency. She is also an accomplished rower and on the board of the Saskatoon Rowing Club. 

Charles Planet

Wanda Martin

  Wanda is Registered Nurse and Associate Professor at the College of Nursing, University of Saskatchewan. Her research focus is on the social and ecological determinants of health.

Charlene Thompson

Charlene is a Registered Nurse and Assistant Professor at the College of Nursing, University of Saskatchewan. Charlene was a public health nurse for 20 years and does research focused on mothers and families and immunization.

Colleen Christopherson-Cote

  Colleen is the executive director of the Saskatoon Poverty Reduction Coalition.

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