Novik, Neudorf join SPHERU's ranks

February 7, 2013

The Saskatchewan Population Health and Evaluation Research Unit is pleased to announce the addition of two new members to continue its work on the social determinants of health.

In January, Dr. Cordell Neudorf of the University of Saskatchewan and Dr. Nuelle Novik of the University of Regina joined SPHERU for five-year terms.

Dr. Nuelle Novik (photo, University of Regina photography department)
Dr. Nuelle Novik (photo, University of Regina photography department)

"We're extremely pleased that both of these talented individuals have chosen to become members of the SPHERU team. They're both excellent researchers who will make significant contributions not just to the work of unit but to the health of the province,” said Dr. Tom McIntosh, SPHERU Interim Director.

Novik is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Regina. She joins SPHERU as a Researcher.

She has worked in health, mental health and community development in Saskatchewan and also spent six years as Coordinator of the social work program at Aurora College in the Northwest Territories. Her current research focuses on the social determinants of health and health equity, rural and remote practice in health and social services, aging and seniors, mental health, community-based research, palliative care and bereavement.In 2012, she received a grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council for a community-based research project, Food Bank Utilization by Community-Dwelling Seniors in an Urban Setting, for which she is primary investigator.

Novik has already worked in collaboration with SPHERU. She was co-investigator on the Role of Social Systems in the Health of Seniors Living in Rural Saskatchewan pilot project and is actively involved with the subsequent Healthy Aging in Place study.

Dr. Cordell Neudorf (photo, Saskatoon Health Region)
Dr. Cordell Neudorf (photo, Saskatoon Health Region)

Neudorf is Assistant Professor in the Department of Community Health and Epidemiology at the University of Saskatchewan, and he will work with SPHERU as a Research Associate. His areas of research includes intervention research, health inequities, healthy children and health inequities. Much of his work focuses on ways to improve the social determinants of health. He is Chief Medical Officer of Health for the Saskatoon Health Region and, most recently, worked with SPHERU to produce the Healthy Families, Healthy Communities report. The report examined the health of children in the region according to a number of health outcomes. It determined that 30 per cent are not ready for school by the time they reach kindergarten.

Neudorf serves as Co-chair of the Saskatoon Regional Intersectoral Committee, Co-chair of the Saskatchewan Population Health Council and Chair of the National Advisory Committee on Health Inequalities Reporting. He is also a member of the Canadian Council on the Social Determinants of Health and Canadian Liaison member of the Regions for Health Network in Europe.


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