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  • History timeline
    a new tool a timeline that outlines many historical markers concerning health and related issues in Saskatchewan Work on the timeline began in 2012 and it s based on the data collection that supports SPHERU s team grant project The History of public health and health care in Saskatchewan The origins and import of health inequities in Saskatchewan 1905 1985 The idea has been batted around for quite some time says Dr Paul Hackett the project lead SPHERU staff member Tara Todd was then able to find software that would support a site where information could be uploaded and made accessible to the public The format is also easy for users to understand as people are familiar with the format The timeline includes milestones of health and its social determinants including the Spanish flu epidemic in 1918 the opening of the Weyburn Mental Hospital in 1921 polio vaccinations in 1955 and the 1961 Hall Report on health care services The team sees it as an educational tool or resource and they have the ability to set up multiple timelines for specific topics for example around data on infectious diseases or Dr Gloria DeSantis s work on community based organizations or

    Original URL path: http://www.spheru.ca/news/items/history-of-health-goes-online-with-timeline.php (2015-04-04)
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  • senior food security forum
    face a challenge when it comes to getting proper meals Recently she helped spearhead a community workshop in Regina to look at this issue of food security for older residents in the city The Oct 8 event Bridging Community Connections Creating Solutions to Address Seniors Food Security was featured in the Leader Post The event took place at the Core Ritchie Neighbourhood Centre and attracted 76 people including nearly 20 seniors There were also students from social work nursing and nutrition Saskatchewan Seniors Mechanism the Seniors Centre the Lifelong Learning Centre representatives from various agencies and two provincial government policy analysts The Food Bank and REACH Regina Education and Action on Child Hunger were already planning to meet with their staff to begin to initiate some program changes based on our preliminary findings Novik says The workshop examined some common themes that seniors expressed when it comes to food security in Regina as well as what more can be done in terms of policy practice and research Other topics on the agenda included a workshop with seniors to support their mental health and an interactive café to brainstorm ideas on how to improve food security Novik says the next step

    Original URL path: http://www.spheru.ca/news/items/forum-tackles-food-security-among-seniors.php (2015-04-04)
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  • Clearing Plains Toon_talk
    book for reader I was interested in looking at the erosion of Native health I didn t realize it was stated policy Daschuk said They set out to under nourish thousands and thousands of people Close to 100 people filled the room at Station 20 West for the discussion and book signing We ve posted a few pictures from the event on Twitter Daschuk was part of a panel that included Verna St Denis a Cree Métis and professor of Educational Foundations at the University of Saskatchewan and Cory Neudorf the Saskatoon Health Region s chief medical health officer and member of SPHERU Neudorf provided context for the situation today one in which the province and cities like Regina and Saskatoon show extreme health disparities especially when it comes to First Nations people He pointed to outcomes such as teen pregnancy and infant mortality and how these are tied to social determinants like income and education especially so in the poorest neighbourhoods We saw that some neighbourhoods had very very high rates he said adding that while some policies are now addressing these factors more needs to be done St Denis gave a personal view of the history saying the

    Original URL path: http://www.spheru.ca/news/items/strong-turnout-for-clearing-the-plains-talk.php (2015-04-04)
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  • Twitter 1913 report
    health issues Through its research the team came across a report produced 100 years ago The Preliminary and General Social Survey of Regina was released in September 1913 It was produced by the Department of Temperance and Moral Reform of the Methodist Church and the Board of Social Service and Evangelism of the Presbyterian Church The report gives a snapshot of Regina in its early years and points out a number of social challenges that persist to this day To draw attention to the 100th anniversary of the document SPHERU has uploaded the 1913 report itself to the history project page It s found under Related Documents on the project page This fall we will be using social media to highlight many of its findings by delivering Tweets with facts and quotations Look for the hashtag yqr1913 this fall One of the overarching ideas within our historical research is the paradox that while the province has shown a longstanding commitment to health care it also has shown some of the most extreme disparities in health outcomes in the nation for example the health of First Nations compared with non Aboriginal people in the province or between rural and urban Saskatchewan

    Original URL path: http://www.spheru.ca/news/items/spheru-tweets-about-reginas-past.php (2015-04-04)
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  • Charlie Angus song
    CBC In his northern Ontario riding he was familiar with many of the issues First Nations people Still he told CBC s The Morning Edition on Sept 9 that he was affected by what he read most notably Prime Minister John A Macdonald s use of starvation as a political tactic to control First Nations people The book certainly covers a wide area and the centuries of diseases and exploitation of the communities he told CBC For Angus words can become devalued in the political world but they still can move people so he started writing the song specifically focusing on the Treaty 4 and the signing of treaty at Fort Qu Appelle I was obsessed with trying to find a way of telling the story in a simple format he said After a few cracks and some constructive criticism from his wife he came with the song and in the beginning of the month recorded the song with the band Angus learned the importance of his own Scottish roots and told the CBC all of us need to understand our history It is so important for Canadians to know what happened he said If you forget then it happens

    Original URL path: http://www.spheru.ca/news/items/daschuk-book-inspires-angus-song.php (2015-04-04)
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  • New kidSKAN site
    project s website August 29 2013 Our kidSKAN project has a new website The team has been working over the last few months to give it a cleaner more up to date look and made it more user friendly easier to navigate or to find out what s going on in early childhood development using the search tool The new site has several new features such as Our Research which includes reports posters and fact sheets produced for various research or knowledge translation projects There is also a brand new section For The Record with stories and opinion pieces about early childhood development from outside the kidSKAN community The site still contains plenty of news and an improved Events calendar about what s happening in Saskatchewan and across the country The Saskatchewan Knowledge to Action Network for Early Childhood Development or kidSKAN is a provincial community of practice of researchers practitioners and policy makers in academia government and the community with an interest in early childhood development in the province It grew out of the Saskatoon Understanding the Early Years project part of a national initiative to help community members to understand the needs of young children in their own

    Original URL path: http://www.spheru.ca/news/items/new-website-for-early-childhood-network.php (2015-04-04)
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  • Clearing Plains reviews
    the 1870s to the 1890s that used food as a weapon to pressure these populations to in effect clear the plains of the people already living there The Winnipeg Free Press commended the book calling it a sad amoral tale In his review Donald Benham described the book as well researched and thoroughly documented and cited a quotation from Candace Savage author of A Geography of Blood saying it should be required reading for all Canadians While the Calgary Herald s reviewer argued the book could ve taken a more narrative approach to history she credited Daschuk for not simplifying the relationship between Europeans and the First Nations people and says he does an excellent job of chronicling the combustible mixture of disease starvation and Ottawa s utterly inept management of the situation during the late 19 th century The book was even cited in a recent Globe and Mail feature on the logistics of flying in food to a remote community in northern Ontario specifically on how food supply has often been used to control power In a recent piece for the newspaper Dashuk puts his research into the context of residential schools and the recent reports about the malnourishment studies suggesting that while such news comes as a shock it should not be a no surprise in light of the history Daschuk was also interviewed by CBC Radio s Morning Edition on June 20 the same day as the book signing Later that day he spoke to CKOM News 650 s John Gormley The podcasts are available online More recently he was interviewed for CBC s The Current on July 18 for a segment on Starvation Politics Aboriginal nutrition experiment which looked at medical experiments examining the effects of malnourishment on Aboriginal peoples The book also received coverage

    Original URL path: http://www.spheru.ca/news/items/clearing-the-plains-garners-positive-press.php (2015-04-04)
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  • Muhajarine new director
    through 2018 Dr Tom McIntosh who filled the position of Interim Director this past year replacing Dr Bonnie Jeffery will be serving as Associate Director McIntosh will also act as SPHERU s point person for the University of Regina side of the unit Dr Nazeem Muharine I am very pleased that Nazeem has agreed to serve as Director and am confident that the unit will continue to be in good hands over the coming years says McIntosh It would be hard to find someone more dedicated to the unit s continued success than Nazeem Dr Muhajarine is a social epidemiologist and heads up SPHERU s Healthy Children research He is also head of the University of Saskatchewan s Community Health and Epidemiology department His work includes examining community and family contextual influences on child development and health and developing community university research partnerships to improve knowledge creation transfer and application I am excited and look forward to working with my colleagues in SPHERU and growing the unit to a level of pre eminence that it deserves In the 13 years that SPHERU has been around it has made a mark provincially and nationally for its brand of population health research

    Original URL path: http://www.spheru.ca/news/items/muhajarine-is-new-spheru-director.php (2015-04-04)
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