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  • HAIP_radio interview
    interview is available as a podcast on the station s website Healthy Aging in Place Improving rural seniors health through policy and community level interventions will involve three specific projects in the communities of Watrous Wolseley Young and now Rosetown The interview touched on issues such as access to health service supportive housing ease of getting around in the community and access to information as well as the three individual

    Original URL path: http://www.spheru.ca/news/items/rural-aging-project-on-gormley-show.php (2015-04-04)
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  • Encyclopedia of Q of L and Well-being
    and was published earlier this year by Springer SPHERU s Bonnie Jeffery Juanita Bacsu Sylvia Abonyi Shanthi Johnson Diane Martz and Nuelle Novik authored the research unit s contribution the entry for Rural Seniors The entry focuses on rural seniors and highlights key determinants to supporting healthy aging in rural communities ranging from housing to public transportation In discussing rural healthy aging the authors emphasize the need to address diversity amongst rural seniors based on individual and community level characteristics Jeffery B Bacsu J Abonyi S Johnson S Martz D Novik N 2014 Rural seniors In Michalos AC Ed Encyclopedia of Quality of Life and Well Being Research Springer Dordrecht Netherlands Springer pp 5618 5621 The Encyclopedia is described as the first comprehensive reference work on scientific and other scholarly research on the quality of life and well being It covers the subject of quality of life from a multidisciplinary perspective and includes the behavioral and social sciences as well as health and healthcare The aim of this encyclopedia is to provide a comprehensive reference work on scientific and other scholarly research on the quality of life including health related quality of life research or also called patient reported outcomes

    Original URL path: http://www.spheru.ca/news/items/spheru-contributes-to-large-scale-reference.php (2015-04-04)
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  • Daschuk wins at SBAs
    Since 1993 the awards have recognized excellence and diversity in Saskatchewan writing and publishing Jim Daschuk reading from his book at an SBA event in March Daschuk s book chronicles the history of disease politics starvation and the loss of Aboriginal life on the Prairies as well as the role that the federal government particularly under Prime Minister John A Macdonald played I remember talking to my advisor when I was starting this project and we both recognized the importance of the topic the decline of indigenous health and I can remember telling him that I hoped that my work on it lived up to the importance of the topic Daschuk says The book won the University of Saskatchewan College of Arts Science and Library Non Fiction Award the Drs Morris Jacqui Shumiatcher Regina Book Award the National Bank Financial Wealth Management First Book Award and the University of Regina Arts and Luther College Award for Scholarly Writing As well University of Regina Press picked up the University of Regina Faculty of Education and Campion College Award for Publishing in Education for its part in publishing the book I had no idea how well the book would do at the awards Daschuk says It was my first time at the ceremony I had no idea there would be so many people and it was great to finally meet so many writers that I had only ever read Clearing The Plains has garnered much attention since published by University of Press in spring 2013 Recently it was shortlisted for the 2014 Sir John A Macdonald Prize awarded annually to the best scholarly book in Canadian history The prize goes to a non fiction work of Canadian history that is seen to have made the most significant contribution to the understanding of

    Original URL path: http://www.spheru.ca/news/items/clearing-the-plains-wins-big-at-sbas.php (2015-04-04)
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  • SPHERU at SD Aging in America
    SPHERU has been invited The conference organized by the American Society on Aging brings together best practices and research in the field of aging Bonnie Jeffery Juanita Bacsu and Nuelle Novik at the recent Aging in American Conference in San Diego On March 11 Bonnie Jeffery led a workshop on developing a rural healthy aging assessment framework created to assess the impact of government community and kin level interventions on how they encourage rural seniors to age in place This framework identifies the key domains of social interaction independence community involvement mental health and cognitive health along with relevant dimensions and indicators On March 12 Juanita Bascu s workshop examined rural seniors perspectives and provided a look at what rural seniors have to say in terms of creating age friendly communities and how they can support healthy aging in place The workshop stressed the importance of community level input and hearing from seniors on specific environmental and social factors that affect their ability to age in place Nuelle Novik presented on the topic of urban seniors food security on March 14 It examined how eco mapping can be used to understand and improve food security among the senior population in

    Original URL path: http://www.spheru.ca/news/items/spheru-selected-to-present-at-aging-in-america.php (2015-04-04)
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  • Smart Cities poster in Parliament
    Feb 24 in Centre Block on Parliament Hill Hon Yonah Martin Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate Dr Nazeem Muhajarine and Hon Kelvin Ogilvie senator Government of Canada The event Building a Stronger Future for Canadian Children Youth through Social Innovation was sponsored by ResearchImpact RéseauImpactRecherche There was a steady flow of senators and some members of Parliament Muhajarine says Many of them stopping to really learn about our work in Saskatoon He met with good response from the approximately twenty Parliamentarians he spoke to during the afternoon One member of parliament from Toronto region in particular showed interest in visiting Saskatoon to learn what we are doing right here he says The Smart Cities poster in both official languages summarizes the research opportunity for the project in this case low levels of physical activity an important cause of child obesity among children and how this might be influenced by the design of a city The poster emphasizes the impact of our research and how we are sharing findings with our partners to help create a city that encourages people to live more active lives both for personal and environmental health A two page summary of a research

    Original URL path: http://www.spheru.ca/news/items/smart-cities-featured-in-parliament-event.php (2015-04-04)
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  • Clearing The Plains SBA nominations
    s responsibility is published by University of Regina Press It is up for awards in the following categories for writers University of Saskatchewan College of Arts Science and Library Non Fiction Award National Bank Financial Wealth Management First Book Award Drs Morris Jacqui Shumiatcher Regina Book Award and University of Regina Arts and Luther Award for Scholarly Writing The book is also nominated for two awards in the publishers categories

    Original URL path: http://www.spheru.ca/news/items/daschuk-up-for-sask-book-awards.php (2015-04-04)
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  • Voluntary sector study in WPA
    few decades The Western Policy Analyst is an online publication produced by the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy at the universities of Regina and Saskatchewan The WPA examines western Canadian trends and issues and is aimed at policy makers and others interested in policy formation such as provincial and federal government departments business groups academics voluntary organizations and municipalities The SPHERU article provides an overview of the voluntary social service sector s development between 1905 and 1950 in the context of the social determinants of health It also looks geographically at how the province was settled and what role this played in the development of the volunteer sector For example more than 99 per cent of the groups were found in the southern half of the province especially in rural areas These included religious organizations service clubs secular groups ethnic cultural groups and organizations benefitting the wider community They were involved in creating healthier communities through service delivery service planning and healthy public policy advocacy Some additional observations include The early registry of incorporated voluntary organizations was predominantly member serving not general public or broad community focused There were silos and fragmented services within and between governments and voluntary services yet there were interdependencies too An enduring struggle between evidence based policy choices and politically based choices in the human service sector the responsibility for the determinants of health e g income housing food has ebbed and flowed over time across both the government and voluntary sectors In sum a glance at history does indeed inspire unsettling questions about our present human service system but it should also inspire us to choose our future the article concludes This research project part of a larger SPHERU study on the historical origins of health inequities in Saskatchewan was also presented

    Original URL path: http://www.spheru.ca/news/items/voluntary-sector-article-featured-in-wpa.php (2015-04-04)
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  • SHRF grant seniors research
    differences can be especially pronounced for people such as seniors living in rural areas or Aboriginal seniors in northern communities groups on which SPHERU has focused much of its work To continue our intervention research SPHERU received a three year Phase Three Group Grant for 749 335 from the Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation According to SHRF the purpose of Phase Three Group Grants is to provide support for groups of researchers to produce high quality health research contribute to knowledge translation and build research capacity at a level that would not be possible for individual researchers if they were working on their own Bonnie Jeffery Faculty of Social Work at the University of Regina and SPHERU director Nazeem Muhajarine Department of Community Health and Epidemiology at the University of Saskatchewan will co lead the project The funding will support SPHERU s research program Healthy Aging in Place Improving Rural and Northern Aboriginal Seniors Health through Policy and Community Level Interventions and will specifically focus on completing three projects Improving rural seniors mobility and social interaction through intervention research Supporting healthy aging through walkable built environment Addressing rural seniors access to information These research projects collectively address the diversity of supports

    Original URL path: http://www.spheru.ca/news/items/shrf-grant-supports-seniors-aging-research.php (2015-04-04)
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