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  • Daschuk book
    of Regina Press Clearing The Plains Daschuk takes a look at the connections between the past and present disparities in health and well being for First Nations peoples In his introduction he points out that while Canada might rank highly in the UN Human Development Index the situation for the country s Aboriginal people is dismal when compared with the mainstream population On the same index they would rank 63rd equal to Panama Belarus or Malaysia What this means is that they can expect to die between five and eight years earlier that the figure for the average Canadian Daschuk writes The chasm between the health conditions of First Nations people and mainstream Canadians has existed for as long as anyone can remember it too has become part of who we are as a nation The book investigates the environmental economic and political forces that resulted in the current health crisis for Aboriginal peoples This includes such infectious diseases as smallpox but also diseases that took hold as the 19th century wore on such as tuberculosis which had roots in the prolonged malnutrition of First Nations that depended on the declining bison herds as well as the new Dominion of Canada s failure to meet treaty commitments The advance press has been very positive Clearing The Plains is a tour de force that dismantles and destroys the view that Canada has a special claim to humanity in its treatment of indigenous peoples Daschuk shows how infectious disease and state supported starvation combined to create a creeping relentless catastrophe that persists to the present day The prose is gripping the analysis is incisive and the narrative is so chilling that it leaves its reader stunned and disturbed For days after reading it I was unable to shake a profound sense of

    Original URL path: http://www.spheru.ca/news/items/daschuk-book-fearless-history-at-its-finest.php (2015-04-04)
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  • mHealth Vietname project
    Dr Lan Vu head of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Hanoi School of Public Health and a former student of Dr Muhajarine s are heading up a project to use the technology to improve health information and health outcomes for migrant workers in the country Dr Nazeem Muharine featured in the StarPhoenix The project mHealth information for migrants A pilot project to increase health information accessibility for migrants in Vietnam was the subject of a recent StarPhoenix article The piece followed in the wake of the tragic factory collapse in Bangladesh that killed hundreds of garment workers The mHealth project sets out to improve the life and health of workers that leave rural areas of Vietnam to find work in the cities such as Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City Between 1989 and 2009 the flow of migrant workers within the country increased from 1 3 million to 3 4 million and could top 6 million by 2019 Many of these workers are poor and have limited access to information concerning sexual health risks and other health information As Muhajarine told the StarPhoenix These are marginalized people They re seen as outsiders and are tolerated but not welcome Grand Challenges Canada

    Original URL path: http://www.spheru.ca/news/items/cell-phone-project-provides-key-health-info.php (2015-04-04)
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  • Chicago Aging presentation
    to 16 It represents the largest multi disciplinary conference on aging and attracts more than 3 000 professionals SPHERU s Nuelle Novik Shanthi Johnson and Juanita Bacsu in Chicago The annual conference of the American Society on Aging brings together research and best practices in the field of aging and this year attracted luminaries such as John Beard the World Health Organization s Director of Ageing and Life Course Representing SPHERU Nuelle Novik Juanita Bacsu and Shanthi Johnson gave a presentation on the Healthy Aging in Place project as well as the rationale methods and findings Among the findings By 2036 seniors will reach approximately 25 per cent of the total Canadian population Rural seniors report poorer physical health more sedentary lifestyles higher occurrences of functional disability more chronic illnesses less use of preventative health services and greater mental health challenges They often face disadvantages such as lower incomes education housing public transportation and health services As one of the participants put it We re lucky as long as we can drive We re a little too remote we re away from hospitals And for emergencies a half hour is a long time when somebody is dying Falls and loss

    Original URL path: http://www.spheru.ca/news/items/spheru-presents-at-chicago-aging-conference-.php (2015-04-04)
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  • Oosman powerpoint
    community April 26 2013 A PowerPoint presentation by SPHERU researcher Sarah Oosman about Aboriginal health to the University of Saskatchewan s College of Nursing is now available on our website Sarah Oosman Aboriginal Healthy Research and Community Engagement can be found as part of the Healthy Aging in Place team grant project s related documents Click the link for the project s PowerPoint from April 4 2013 The presentation covers

    Original URL path: http://www.spheru.ca/news/items/aboriginal-health-presentation-now-online.php (2015-04-04)
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  • Johnson falls presentation
    14 2013 Dr Shanthi Johnson of SPHERU will be giving a presentation this month on unintentional falls one of the leading causes of mortality and morbidity among frail older adults It will be available to people at both universities in the province Making a Case for Falls Prevention in Seniors will take place starting at noon on March 22 in Regina at JSGS Window Room 2nd Floor Gallery Building University

    Original URL path: http://www.spheru.ca/news/items/johnson-presents-work-on-seniors-falls.php (2015-04-04)
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  • DeSantis-Philanthropist
    report she wrote in 2011 in collaboration with consultant Carla Bolen Anderson and Wendy Stone of the Regina Police Service Both the recent article and the original report focus on 37 community based organizations in Regina working on the social determinants of health in other words the factors outside the healthcare system that affect health DeSantis writes that the term community determinants of well being was used to emphasize the non medical nature of the work Of the services offered the most common are in the areas of social supports and community engagement activities The typical populations in the city that these organizations most frequently serve includes young adults and people described as discriminated or stigmatized The article outlines the methods used to conduct the survey of the community based organizations and the 77 initiatives on which they are working The results show the priorities for the organizations across a range of areas such as providing social supports encouraging social inclusion enhancing education opportunities ensuring early life supports and increasing food security As well the article cites typical partners of these organizations as well as their sources of funding the most prevalent of which is donations and fundraising This survey

    Original URL path: http://www.spheru.ca/news/items/desantis-featured-in-the-philanthropist.php (2015-04-04)
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  • SCHK in CJPH
    Environment Health Research The Time Is Now for a Canadian Network of Excellence he writes We need new research especially as it relates to Canadian cities to indicate which policy driven built environmental factors are the most important contributors to obesity Muhajarine co authors a number of articles in the issue Smart Cities Healthy Kids The Association Between Neighbourhood Design and Children s Physical Activity and Time Spent Sedentary This article outlines the multi year multi phase project that examines the relationship between the design of neighbourhoods in Saskatoon and children s physical activity and sedentary behaviour The activity was measured by accelerometry Walkable for Whom Examining the Role of the Built Environment on the Neighbourhood based Physical Activity of Children Also part of the Smart Cities study this qualitative portion was the result of semi structured child parent interviews These examined the factors helped or hindered physical activity of children particularly ones such as safety Coming to Consensus on Policy to Create Supportive Built Environments and Community Design This commentary resulted from an April 2011 conference addressing the environmental determinants of obesity It points to a consensus of next steps to make built environments support active living such as

    Original URL path: http://www.spheru.ca/news/items/muhajarine-work-in-special-cjph-issue.php (2015-04-04)
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  • SHRF video
    Johnson s work examining how home based exercise can improve functional capacity and reduce falls and fall related fractures among seniors Also includes is Muhajarine s work to study the role of families communities and society on children s health development and to turn this knowledge into action though programs or policies to encourage children s healthy development The video looks at a range of work that researchers are conducting

    Original URL path: http://www.spheru.ca/news/items/shrf-video-highlights-our-work.php (2015-04-04)
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