SPHERU celebrates Health Research Week
December 4, 2012
This week (Dec. 2 to 8) is Health Research Week, a time when the Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation encourages health partners to feature and promote health research in the province.
SPHERU is currently working on a number of projects. Here are just a few examples of some of the things we’ve done lately:
- In November, SPHERU faculty Paul Hackett and Sylvia Abonyi presented at the annual meeting of the Canadian Association of Physical Anthropologists, in Victoria, B.C. The topic was “Using Residential School Entrance Examinations to Assess Youth BMI in Manitoba and Saskatchewan First Nations Communities, 1930-50,” and this drew on their ongoing research project into the history of type 2 diabetes among First Nations populations in Saskatchewan and Manitoba. For this presentation Hackett and Abonyi reviewed an innovative way to calculate values for the body mass index of First Nations youth during a critical period of dietary and cultural change in western Canada.
- The Completing the Circle project has set up a new website, which shares videos and publications concerning culturally sensitive end of life care with, by and for Aboriginal families. Mary Hampton is the principal investigator for Completing the Circle, whose research team includes Elders from Saskatchewan First Nations, Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal graduate and undergraduate students, faculty from the First Nations University of Canada, Luther College and the University of Regina, and Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal health care providers.
- Three team members of the Healthy Aging in Place study attended the Canadian Rural Health Research Society Conference to share findings from rural Saskatchewan and exchange ideas to support aging in rural Canada. The three-day event was held in Levis, Que., from Oct. 25 to 27 and attracted 122 health care practitioners, policy makers and researchers from across Canada. The team gave two oral presentations on healthy aging and chaired a session on rural mental health. The presentations highlighted findings from the Healthy Aging in Place study and focused on two areas, mental health and rural aging, and policy interventions to support rural healthy aging. The mental health presentation shared findings from Preeceville, Watrous and Wolseley and the intervention presentation highlighted results from Watrous and Wolseley.
- After a year-long collaboration SPHERU and the Saskatoon Health Region released Saskatoon's first-ever child health status report. Details of the project and links to the full report can be found in a recent article featured in the What's Happening section of the SPHERU website.
For more information on these or other SPHERU projects, check out the Research Projects section of our website where you can browse by theme area or researcher.