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  • SPHERU
    was to enhance school preparedness in children at kindergarten by identifying policies and programs implemented in the four western provinces The process evolved to one that takes a broader look at developmental health for children in the early years and how Canada fares according to international benchmarks The result is a made in Canada tool with achievement indicator targets based on the province or territory with the best record The

    Original URL path: http://www.spheru.ca/research_projects/projects/review-of-public-policy.php (2015-04-04)
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  • SPHERU
    A discussion paper Last Updated December 20 2012 Nazeem Muhajarine PhD Working Group Member SPHERU entered into a contract with the Muttart Foundation a private charitable foundation based in Edmonton Alberta whose work includes a focus on early childhood education and care SPHERU working with Principal Investigator Sue Delanoy of Communities for Children and the foundation have examined the benefits and challenges associated with a more integrated and comprehensive approach

    Original URL path: http://www.spheru.ca/research_projects/projects/towards-a-more-integrated-.php (2015-04-04)
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    2013 Nazeem Muhajarine PhD Saskatchewan Provincial Collaborator Adolescence is the most common period for smokers to pick up the habit with most beginning by age 19 The Propel Centre for Population Health Impact a partnership between the Canadian Cancer Society and the University of Waterloo coordinates the study SPHERU has subcontracted with the University of Waterloo to implement the smoking survey with high school students from 28 schools across Saskatchewan SPHERU is the Saskatchewan coordinator of the biennial Youth Smoking Survey The survey is an important tool helping schools and provincial and federal government agencies across Canada assess youth substance use and related health behaviours and understand youth perspectives on tobacco alcohol drugs bullying school connectedness self esteem healthy eating and physical activity Participating schools receive detailed results in a customized School Health Profile which are used to educate communities and inform school policies and programs There is an opportunity to impact the health of Canadian youth to a greater extent through population based interventions informed by evidence such as YSS data Goals Outcomes The Youth Smoking Survey led by Principal Investigator Steve Manske of the University of Waterloo is examining the factors that increase or decrease the likelihood youth

    Original URL path: http://www.spheru.ca/research_projects/projects/yss.php (2015-04-04)
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  • SPHERU
    expecting and new mothers with 649 interviewed during early pregnancy later pregnancy and after birth SPHERU working with Co Principal Investigator Angela Bowen of the University of Saskatchewan determined that as many as one in five mothers in Saskatchewan suffer depression during or after pregnancy which leads to personal social and economic costs for mothers and society as a whole Goals Outcomes A social marketing campaign targeted at pregnant and

    Original URL path: http://www.spheru.ca/research_projects/projects/maternal-mental-health-strategy.php (2015-04-04)
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  • SPHERU
    Working with HIV positive childbearing women in an African slum Last Updated December 20 2012 Principal Investigator The project is aimed at linking partners in Kenya Tanzania and Canada from academic non government organizations and local clinics who are working with HIV positive pregnant women It involves Co Investigators Akinyi Odinga Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Foundation and Stephen Nsimba Muhimbili University College of Health Sciences Goals Outcomes This effort facilitates the

    Original URL path: http://www.spheru.ca/research_projects/projects/artfully-partnering.php (2015-04-04)
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  • SPHERU
    of the children in their communities so that they are better able to develop programs and services to meet these needs Each UEY research team conducts research in their own community and works with other community members to share this knowledge and address local issues Goals Outcomes The SPHERU Healthy Children research team was to provide expertise in conducting community based research neighbourhood mapping and knowledge transfer and exchange to

    Original URL path: http://www.spheru.ca/research_projects/projects/research-community-mapping.php (2015-04-04)
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  • SPHERU
    community university and government for child health and wellbeing Last Updated December 20 2012 Nazeem Muhajarine PhD Co Principal Investigator Diane Martz PhD Co Principal Investigator Co Investigator In late 2007 Saskatoon s Understanding the Early Years project co led by Sue Delanoy of Communities for Children and SPHERU s Nazeem Muhajarine wrapped up To continue the work on examining and improving the social environments in which young children are being raised the Saskatchewan Knowledge to Action Network kidSKAN for early childhood development ECD was launched Along with Muhajarine and Delanoy the project has included SPHERU researchers Diane Martz Co Principal Investigators and Fleur Macqueen Smith Co Investigator and Steven Whitehead of Saskatoon Public Health Observatory Co Principal Investigator An initiative focused on improving the health and wellbeing of children kidSKAN is a provincial network of researchers practitioners and policy makers in academia government and the community with an interest in early childhood development in Saskatchewan Goals Outcomes The aim is to take what was primarily a Saskatoon based knowledge to action ECD research network to one that has greater relevance provincially Operating both as a traditional network as well as an online community kidSKAN has hosted public events and

    Original URL path: http://www.spheru.ca/research_projects/projects/kidskan---early-yrs-knwldg.php (2015-04-04)
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  • SPHERU
    Co Investigator Tom McIntosh PhD Co Investigator Nazmi Sari PhD Co Investigator KidsFirst is a federally funded provincially run intervention program launched in 2002 that provides support and services to vulnerable families with young children aged 0 5 in Saskatchewan It is offered in nine areas of the province that were identified as having high levels of need The SPHERU research team conducted an in depth three year evaluation in partnership with the Saskatchewan government which was completed in mid 2010 Goals Outcomes The team focused on developing a provincial evaluation framework to guide the evaluation and conducted a detailed assessment the program including its short term impact on families and child health and development Ultimately through this research SPHERU hopes to inform emerging knowledge on promising or best practices in early childhood intervention in Canada Such information is essential for developing more effective policy interventions to reduce maternal and child health disparities The evaluation process produced a number of reports including an overview qualitative review quantitative review literature review and the evaluation framework among others Knowledge translation work has included a series of fact sheets and an introductory video about the project All of these are available on the

    Original URL path: http://www.spheru.ca/research_projects/projects/kidsfirst-early-childhood.php (2015-04-04)
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