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.

Upcoming Events

Public Health Summer School – Public Health and the Anthropocene

Start date: July 9, 2020

End date: July 10, 2020

Time: 0930-1730 Sask time


 Online this year due to COVID-19, but just as engaging as ever
Registration is open.

For at least the past 70 years, since the mid-20th century, we have been living  — unknowingly, for the most part — in a new geologic epoch: The Anthropocene. This new epoch – literally, a line in the sediment – is the geological expression of a set of massive and rapid global ecological changes, one of which is climate change, that are driven by human activity. These ecological changes and the cultural, social, economic, and technological forces causing them have profound implications for our health and well being and current way of life, at all levels from the personal to the global.

The Anthropocene has serious implications for population health and thus for public health practice locally, provincially, nationally and globally. Ensuring good health for all while making a swift and just transformation to a community and society that remains within the carrying capacity of the Earth requires transformational thinking and action. Knowledge and strategies for working in the interplay between social and ecological systems – from climate change to pandemics and at local through to global scales – are critical competencies to cultivate in this epoch.

This two-day online summer school will utilize engaging and equity informed approaches to exploring the population health implications of global ecological change and to identify and create innovative, effective community level interventions.

The price for registration is $60 plus GST for regular, $50 plus GST for student and seniors. Registration is open to anyone, no matter their location. Those that sign up in the provinces/territories that are involved in the planning committee (Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Yukon) get a complimentary registration to their region’s public health association as an added bonus to attend.

SPC Co-chairs:
Dr. Trevor Hancock, Retired Professor, School of Public Health and Social Policy, University of Victoria
Dr. Maya Gislason, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University 


Public Health 2020

Date: November 1, 2020

Location: Winnipeg RBC Convention Centre

Conference is postponed

CPHA will have updates as available for Public Health 2020, Canada’s largest public health knowledge exchange event. It is the national forum where public health professionals, researchers, policy-makers, academics, students and trainees come together to strengthen efforts to improve health and well-being.


Poverty Reduction in Saskatchewan

Background and Context: Poverty Reduction Report 

Community View

Saskatoon Region Social Determinants of Health

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.

Health Promotion in Canada

New Perspectives on Theory, Practice, Policy, and Research. Forth Edition by Irving Rootman, Ann Pederson, Katherine Frohlic, and Sophie Dupere.

NCCDH Resource Library

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

SAYCW Youth Health Survey

The Youth Health Survey focuses on risk and protective factors for health and well-being.

 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

Steven Jones – President

Steven is the Executive Director of the School of Public Health at the University of Saskatchewan. Jones was formerly an adjunct assistant professor of immunology at the University of Manitoba, and is currently chief executive officer of Cognoveritas Consulting Inc., and a senior advisor to McKinsey & Company global management consulting firm. He has extensive international experience in places as diverse as Sierra Leone and Saudi Arabia to China and the United Kingdom, as well as a decade working for Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada.

Fleur Macqueen Smith – Vice 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.

Amanda Leong - Treasurer

Amanda is a pharmacist in critical care. She has ongoing involvement with the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists, and has previously been involved with Make A Wish Northern Alberta. She completed her BSc. Pharm and pharmacy residency at the University of Alberta.

Lindsey Vold - Secretary

Lindsey is a registered nurse and PhD student in the College of Nursing, University of Saskatchewan

Wanda Martin – Past President

Wanda 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.

Directors at Large

Indiana Best (student representative)

Indiana is a MPH student at the University of Saskatchewan.

Nicole Braun

Nicole 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.

Julie Kryzanowski

Julie is a Medical Health Officer with the Saskatchewan Health Authority.

Josh Marko

Josh is an epidemiologist with the Saskatchewan Health Authority. 

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. 

Colleen Christopherson-Cote

Colleen Christopherson-Cote is the coordinator for the Saskatoon Poverty Reduction Partnership, and the community co-lead for the Evaluation and Analysis working group of CFICE. Community-First: Impacts of Community Engagement (CFICE), a seven-year SSHRC-funded action research project. She previously was the coordinator for the Saskatoon Early Years Partnership. She lives and works within Saskatoon, Treaty 6 territory and the homeland of the Métis.

Kara Moore

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!

Anh Pham

Born and raised in Saskatchewan, Anh  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.

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