Post-docs LaVallee, Hatala join SPHERU
March 17, 2015
SPHERU is working with two post-doctoral fellows on a couple of projects related to Aboriginal health.
Dr. Amanda LaVallee is a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Community Health and Epidemiology. She is working under the direction of Dr. Sylvia Abonyi and Dr. Sarah Oosman on the research project, Wuskiwiy-tan! (Let’s Move!): Aging well in a northern Saskatchewan Métis Community.
In partnership with the Métis community of Île-à-la-Crosse, Saskatchewan, this population health intervention research project will fill the knowledge gap and provide evidence of the effectiveness of current and emerging program and policy interventions promoting aging well for Métis and other Aboriginal peoples.
As a Métis health researcher, LaVallee is committed to the advancement of Indigenous knowledge, research, health promotion, prevention and education in order to improve the health status and research outcomes for Indigenous populations.
As well, Dr. Andrew Hatala is a Canadian Institutes of Health Research post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Community Health and Epidemiology. Working under the direction of Abonyi, Hatala is conducting a community-based research project that is identifying strategies of resilience and mental health among inner-city Aboriginal youth.
In collaboration with several inner-city organizations, including Core Neighbourhood Youth Co-op, White Buffalo Youth Lodge, and the Saskatoon Tribal Council, this project takes as its operating principle the notion that there are important existing resources, capabilities, and strengths within inner-city neighbourhoods. These will be investigated to inform community well-being and mental health interventions, deepen the understanding of youth resilience and guide various youth programs by the Saskatoon Health Region and other community-based organizations working with inner-city youth in Saskatoon.