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  • SPHERU
    disparities between populations whether defined by socio economic status ethnicity gender age or place remain stubbornly resistant to change Developing effective strategies to reduce these health disparities requires collaboration between researchers communities policy makers and practitioners In keeping with this sentiment SPHERU researchers Tom McIntosh and Shanthi Johnson co sponsored with the Community and Population Health Research CPHR training program a national conference in Regina November 12 14 2008 that explored recent innovations and existing or emerging trends in population health research and practice as they relate to reducing health disparities for particular communities or populations New Directions in Population Health Research The objective of the conference was to provide an opportunity for academic and community researchers policy makers and practitioners to highlight the current state of population health research in Canada and abroad More than 200 delegates participated representing communities academia international organizations government and other interested stakeholders came together to discuss the current state of population health Presenters highlighted ongoing research and emerging trends in population health research and practice With a focus on new researchers the sessions included a number of student presentations providing exposure and experience for those beginning their academic careers The presentations and papers

    Original URL path: http://www.spheru.ca/conferences-events/events/new-directions-in-population-health-research-linking-theory,-ethics,-and-practice-.php (2015-04-04)
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  • SPHERU
    Elder Albert Marshall Mi kmaq First Nation Nova Scotia Dr Malcolm King University of Alberta CIHR Institute for Aboriginal Peoples Health and Dr Anne Martin Matthews UBC CIHR Institute for Aging were among those who gave presentations Next steps include a pilot project where stories from Elders and community members will be compiled to provide a contextual understanding of the aging experience within a selected community The sponsors were Canadian Institutes of Health Research National Collaborating Centre for Aboriginal Health University of British Columbia Indian and Northern Affairs Canada now Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation Research Connections University of Saskatchewan Conference Fund and SEDAP Research Program McMaster University For more information contact Sylvia Abonyi sylvia abonyi usask ca Mark Rosenberg mark rosenberg queensu ca Kathi Wilson kwilson eratos erin utoronto ca or Diana Fedosoff diana fedosoff usask ca Audio and video podcasts PowerPoint presentations and other material including a background paper are available online Opening remarks Audio Podcast Video Part 1 Video 2 Part 2 Session 1 1 1 Elder Marie Favel Ile a la Crosse Saskatchewan Personal Perspective of the Northern Older Peoples Audio Podcast Video Part 1 1 2 Mr Bob Lovelace Sir Sandford Fleming College Keeping Life Meaningful Audio Podcast Video Part 1 File PowerPoint PDF version 1 3 Ms Darlene Yellow Old Woman Munro Blood Tribe Department of Health Alberta Challenges for Older People from an Aboriginal Perspective Audio Podcast Video Part 1 File PowerPoint PDF version Session One Questions and Comments Audio Podcast Video Part 1 Session 2 2 1 Dr Kathi Wilson University of Toronto at Mississauga Aging Health and Health Care ExaminingDifferences between Aboriginaland Non Aboriginal Seniors in Canada Audio Podcast Video Part 1 File PowerPoint PDF version 2 2 Dr Mark Rosenberg Queens University First Nations Seniors The On Reserve reality Research for the Logitudinal Health Survey 2002 2003 Audio Podcast Video Part 1 File PowerPoint PDF version 2 3 Dr Malcolm King University of Alberta CIHR Institute for Aboriginal Peoples Health and Ms Darlene Yellow Old Woman Munro Blood Tribe Department of Health Alberta Challenges and opportunities for intervention research in socioeconomic issues related to healthy aging First Nations Research the challenges Audio Podcast Video Part 1 File PowerPoint PDF version Session Two Questions and Comments Audio Podcast Video Part 1 Session 3 3 1 Dr Diane Martz University of Saskatchewan Health Care Needs of Elderly Metis Women in Remote Locations Audio Podcast Video Part 1 File PowerPoint PDF version 3 2 Dr Carrie Bourassa First Nations University of Canada Honouring our Kookums Audio Podcast Video Part 1 File PowerPoint PDF version 3 3 Ms Erin Wolski Native Women s Association of Canada Culturally relevant gender based analysis Audio Podcast Video Part 1 File PowerPoint PDF version Session Three Questions and Comments Audio Podcast Video Part 1 Session 4 4 1 Ms Allison Cammer University of Saskatchewan Cultural Incongruences and Healthcare for Aboriginal Older Adults Audio Podcast Video Part 1 File PowerPoint PDF version 4 2

    Original URL path: http://www.spheru.ca/conferences-events/events/aboriginal-aging-symposium.php (2015-04-04)
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  • SASK study
    places in the city where children aged 10 14 years take part in physical activity across all the seasons The earlier Smart Cities studies have focused on knowledge gaps looking at how cities neighbourhoods offer opportunities for physical activity or access to healthy food sources This latest study will fill in another gap by examining the links between children s physical activity and the seasons In Canada seasonal weather variations are extreme and can affect activity Within the country current research into adults activities shows that the provinces with the strongest links between seasonality and physical activity are Saskatchewan and British Columbia The SASK study will focus on children to determine where they are most active and most sedentary across the four seasons as well as on weekends and weekdays It will also examine whether seasonality affects the location of activity and sedentary behaviour while taking into account the role of household school and neighborhood built environments and whether environment features modify the seasonality effect on locations It will incorporate methods from the earlier Smart Cities studies such as accelerometry but will also use GPS data loggers for information on locations Eight hundred Grade 5 8 students from 32 Saskatoon

    Original URL path: http://www.spheru.ca/news/items/sask-study-looks-at-seasonal-activity.php (2015-04-04)
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  • Rural seniors' mental health
    looking at seniors feelings of isolation grief and loss as well as mental health issues and how they might be able to stay connected to their communities It is being funded by the Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation Canadian Mental Health Association and the Canadian Red Cross The team will collaborate on the community based research CBR with seniors and those that work with or support seniors living in small towns and rural areas to learn about their challenges and what helps them feel connected It will focus on Sunrise Health Region in Saskatchewan and include people who live in and around Preeceville and Norquay as well as those in areas around Ituna and Melville Almost 22 per cent of the Sunrise region s population is made up of people 65 and over compared with 14 87 per cent for the province as a whole The project includes team members in Yorkton such as older adults and people from within Sunrise Health Region that work in fields like psychiatry mental health and addictions and integrated primary health There are also two Community Advisory Committees one for Preeceville and Norquay and another for Melville and Ituna So far the team has been

    Original URL path: http://www.spheru.ca/news/items/novik-looks-at-rural-seniors-mental-health.php (2015-04-04)
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  • Clearing The Plains GG Award
    his award from Gov Gen David Johnston credit Sgt Ronald Duchesne I am honoured to receive this award Daschuk said in a University of Regina news release There s only one Canadian history book that gets this award each year and this was chosen The book based on Daschuk s thesis looks at the history of disease politics starvation and the loss of life for Aboriginal people on the Prairies as well as the role played by the federal government especially that of Prime Minister John A Macdonald during the era of the National Policy The Canadian Historical Association described the book as sweeping and disturbing adding that Daschuk skillfully draws on ethno history medical history environmental history economic history and political economy to present a compelling overall analysis The Governor General s Award is just one of many honours for the book In April Clearing The Plains picked up four Saskatchewan Book Awards for Daschuk and another for the publisher the University of Regina Press It made the shortlist for other awards such as the Libris Awards and the B C National Award for Canadian Non Fiction and was picked as a top book of 2013 by the Globe and Mail Quill Quire and the Writers Trust of Canada The book has sold more than 10 000 copies and has started a conversation both with the media and the public about present social and health inequities for First Nations people and how these are linked to our history As Daschuk said in an interview in the April 2014 SPHERU newsletter We have a national myth a collective identity that we are a fundamentally good even nice people If the foundation of a society that saw itself as the breadbasket of the world is founded on a state supervised famine

    Original URL path: http://www.spheru.ca/news/items/clearing-the-plains-receives-gg-award.php (2015-04-04)
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  • Muhajarine alumni award
    public health and the health sciences The award is given to an alumnus for outstanding achievement Muhajarine completed his masters in epidemiology and biostatistics at the school and was nominated by a current faculty member in SPHHS working in the same area of research Dr Muhajarine has worked to build strong relationships between university community and government to inspire action and create healthy communities for children families and citizens alike says a SPHHS news release The findings from his research have already made a significant impact on local school and health systems in Saskatchewan including the initiation of major school literacy programs improved access to public library services in underprivileged areas and neighborhood development The award ceremony was part of the school s 5th Annual SPHHS Fall Celebration with more than 100 alumni faculty staff and students on hand for the reception Muhajarine was introduced by fellow SPHHS alumnus Dr Lisa Chasan Taber Professor of Epidemiology and presented with the award by Dean Marjorie Aelion Receiving this award is such an honor especially from my alma mater Muhajarine says The professors I had at UMass School of Public Health didn t just teach their courses they made them come alive

    Original URL path: http://www.spheru.ca/news/items/muhajarine-wins-alumni-award.php (2015-04-04)
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  • Abonyi talks to PHPPC
    as part of Population Health Promotion Practitioners Council meetings at Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon The PHPPC comprised of health promotion practitioners meets each year for education and competency building among members This year s theme was Core Competency Knowledge and Skills Dr Sylvia Abonyi at the recent PHPPC meeting Abonyi outlined the research unit s history its vision and mission as well as many of the projects She also discussed how the unit works collaboratively and shares expertise from various disciplines She touched on SPHERU s research themes and cited numerous examples of past and present research including Tuberculosis Education for Aboriginal and non Aboriginal Youth a Family Policy Assessment Tool for the Canadian Context the Healthy Aging in Place work with rural communities Wuskiwiy tan Let s Move the Seasonality and Active Saskatoon Kids study and the History of Healthy Inequities projects The event also featured SPHERU associate member Dr Cory Neudorf who spoke in the afternoon about research and best practices The meeting attracted participants from various health regions Five Hills Saskatoon Regina Qu Appelle Cypress Prince Albert Parkland Prairie North Athabasca Mamawetan Churchill River Kelsey Trail and Heartland the Northern Inter Tribal Health Authority Public Health

    Original URL path: http://www.spheru.ca/news/items/abonyi-promotes-spheru-to-health-promoters.php (2015-04-04)
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  • Smart Cities food environment lit review
    relate to children s diet It s way of knowing what to look at what is out there and what the gaps are says Engler Stringer While the literature review gives context for the Smart Cities Food Environment study it can also guide other researchers in the growing field of children and food environments in terms of identifying what new information is needed For the review the team searched nine databases and refined a lengthy list of potential articles down to 26 that covered a set of criteria including community location accessibility and consumer price promotion placement nutrition or food environments as well as children and diet Of the articles 22 found at least one association between food environment and diet for children A significant finding is the variability in the ways researchers measure community and consumer food environments as well with how they assess diet For example while GIS was used in many of the studies looking at location or access there was a wide range used for buffer zones from 160 to 3 000 metres As well only six of the studies used either indices of food prices or store audits to capture food environments It s hard

    Original URL path: http://www.spheru.ca/news/items/lit-review-points-to-food-environment-gaps.php (2015-04-04)
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