SPHERU work on health professionals' agenda

September 30, 2014

SPHERU Director Dr. Sylvia Abonyi recently spoke to provincial health professionals 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
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 Agency of Canada, the Ministry of Health and the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency.

The PHPPC includes health promotion practitioners from the 13 health regions, as well as the Northern Inter-Tribal Health Authority (NITHA) and ex-officio members from the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency, the Ministry of Health’s Health Promotion Unit and the Public Health Agency of Canada.


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