THEME 1:

Role of Prevention in Health

Working upstream to benefit the health and well-being of children

THEME 2:

Knowledge Exchange for Healthy Families and Communities

Sharing knowledge in multiple directions and ways

Community-based professionals, service providers, and healthcare providers who work with children, families, and communities

Connecting and Collaborating to:

Identify and strengthen attendees’ role in prevention to achieve the best health possible for children in Saskatchewan

Highlight ways Saskatchewan healthcare and service providers are currently participating in knowledge exchange

Identify future opportunities for attendees to apply and benefit from knowledge exchange in their work

PURPOSE: Prevention Matters 2019 will focus on building connections and collaborations across disciplines and across the province, to learn from one another to address healthy child development and well-being. The conference will highlight the role of prevention in health and how knowledge exchange (sharing knowledge in multiple directions and ways) is the foundation to addressing needs and improving health.

THEME 1:

Role of Prevention in Health

Prevention Matters aims to help healthcare and service providers identify and strengthen their role in prevention to achieve the best health possible for children in Saskatchewan.

THEME 2:

Knowledge Exchange for Healthy Families and Communities

Prevention Matters aims to highlight ways Saskatchewan healthcare and service providers are currently participating in knowledge exchange and to help attendees identify future opportunities to apply and benefit from knowledge exchange in their work.

The conference will benefit community-based professionals, service providers, and healthcare providers who work with children, families, and communities. This includes Support Workers, Home Visitors, Maternal Child Health Workers, Parent Mentors, Social Workers, Educators, Early Childcare Workers, Mental Health and Addictions Counselors, Youth Workers, Adult Allies, Nurses (Public Health, Primary Care, and Practitioner), Midwives, Family Physicians, Pediatricians, Obstetricians, Medical Health Officers, and others.

  • Medical Stream

A one-day medical stream within Prevention Matters 2019 aims to address the needs of healthcare professionals, with applicable information, training, and tools to use in their practice. The medical stream will be on October 3, 2019. This stream and all of its sessions will be open to all conference attendees.

Registration

The deadline to register for Prevention Matters 2019 is September 18, 2019.

  • April 1 – June 30, 2019
  • $400
  • Early Bird Registration
  • July 1 – Sept. 18, 2019
  • $425
  • Regular Registration
  • Ends Sept. 18, 2019
  • $225
  • One Day Medical Stream

Student pricing is available. Please call 306-651-4300 for more information.

Speakers

  • Everyone
  • Concurrent Speakers
  • Keynote Speakers
  • Medical Stream Speakers
  • Gina Alexander
    Oct. 3, 2019 | 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    Presentation/Workshop Title:

    A Community Safety and Well-Being Framework for Saskatchewan


    Gina Alexander is the Executive Director of Community Safety and Well-Being, Integrated Justice Services, serving both the Ministries of Justice and Attorney General and Corrections and Policing. Her responsibilities cover province-wide programs and initiatives including Victims Services, Restorative Justice Programs, Interpersonal Violence and Abuse, Hub Tables, and the Northern Alcohol Strategy. Prior to this current assignment, she was the Executive Assistant to the Deputy Minister to the Premier of Saskatchewan where she was responsible for the co-ordination and implementation of various meetings, committees, and government-wide initiatives. Between 2007 and 2015, Gina was responsible for the delivery of province-wide programs including court annexed civil and family mediation, fee for service mediation, facilitation, and training. Gina’s extensive mediation and facilitation experience includes high conflict family mediation, civil mediation, and organizational and multi-party facilitation. She has provided mediation, conflict resolution, and leadership training to thousands of participants.

  • Jill Bally
    Oct. 3, 2019 | 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    Presentation/Workshop Title:

    Seeking to Improve Outcomes for Adolescents of Diverse Ethnicities Living with Undiagnosed Prediabetes and Type 2 Diabetes in Saskatchewan


    Jill Bally, RN, PhD is a registered nurse and has practiced in pediatrics for the past 22 years. Dr. Bally is an Associate Professor in the College of Nursing, University of Saskatchewan. Her doctoral studies focused on pediatric oncology and family-centered nursing care. Currently, Jill continues to develop her program of research related to the health and wellness of children and families who are affected by childhood illnesses.

  • Erin Beckwell
    (Keynote Session)
    Oct. 2, 2019 | 3:00 –p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

    Knowledge Exchange for Healthy Families & Communities - An Interactive Event


    (Medical Stream Session)
    Oct. 3, 2019 | 8:45 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

    Mobilizing Knowledge for More Accessible and Effective Patient Care


    (Concurrent Session)
    Oct. 4, 2019 | 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

    Use It or Lose It: Mobilizing Knowledge to Improve Health


    Erin is a social worker who has spent her career working in the areas of health, education, and community development. In her current role as Knowledge Translation Specialist with the Saskatchewan Health Authority, Erin’s work focuses on mobilizing knowledge to support the health system to achieve health equity and provide culturally safe care for all.

    Originally from Treaty 4 Territory in Southwest Saskatchewan, she has called Treaty 6 Territory & Homeland of the Métis (Saskatoon, SK) home for over 20 years.

  • Audrey Boyer
    Oct. 3, 2019 | 8:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
    Presentation/Workshop Title:

    Standardizing Prenatal Education


    Audrey Boyer has been practicing as a Public Health Nutritionist in northern Saskatchewan for 14 years. She came to La Ronge to join the Population Health Unit after completing her undergraduate degree at the University of Manitoba and internship in Winnipeg, The Pas, and Flin Flon. Audrey has a passion for healthy prenatal and early childhood development, healthy public policies, changing environments to promote healthy choices and empowering people to make their own choices. She chairs the Healthy Eating Team of the Northern Healthy Communities Partnership, has taught the first year nutrition course to northern pre-professional students through the University of Regina, and is involved in various groups that strive to promote health in the north and across Saskatchewan. Audrey is president of the Skating Club and teaches community fitness classes in La Ronge. She is lucky to live near the lake and gets to enjoy kayaking, boating, walking in the bush and on winter trails with dogs, cross country skiing, and visiting at her friend Janet’s cabin, all with her husband and their three fun loving kids.

  • Dr. Mahli Brindamour
    Oct. 3, 2019 | 8:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
    (Concurrent Session)

    Caring for Women* Who Use Substances in Pregnancy and Their Infants: Recognizing the Structural and Socioeconomic Factors That Impact Women* and Families and Interventions to Improve Mother-Infant Outcomes


    Oct. 3, 2019 | 1:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
    (Keynote Panel)

    Food Insecurity: Multiple Perspectives to Understand the Issue


    Mahli Brindamour provide care to mothers and infants cared for at Sanctum 1.5 prenatal and postnatal home or women at risk of HIV exposure in pregnancy, HIV positive or at risk of child apprehension. Sanctum 1.5 is leading innovative practice by ensuring trauma informed care for women before their infants is born and then continuity of mother-infant care after delivery. Infants are discharged from the hospital in the care of their mothers with supervision from staff. Sanctum 1.5 also provides monitoring for neonatal abstinence syndrome and is piloting assessment and treatment of NAS in a community setting with pediatric oversight which is a novel approach not yet developed elsewhere.

  • Carol Bullin
    Oct. 3, 2019 | 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    Presentation/Workshop Title:

    Seeking to Improve Outcomes for Adolescents of Diverse Ethnicities Living with Undiagnosed Prediabetes and Type 2 Diabetes in Saskatchewan


    Carol Bullin, RN, PhD is a registered nurse for over 35 years and has practiced in a variety of clinical settings including critical care, operating room, and kidney disease/peritoneal dialysis. Dr. Bullin is an Assistant Professor in the College of Nursing at the University of Saskatchewan. Dr. Bullin’s program of research focuses on chronic kidney disease self-management and health promotion of Indigenous peoples in rural and remote populations.

  • Dr. Amanda Froehlich Chow
    Oct. 3, 2019 | 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    Presentation/Workshop Title:

    Healthy Start/Départ Santé for Families (HSFF): A Collaborative, Multi-stakeholders Initiative to Support Families in Making Healthy Changes


    Dr. Amanda Froehlich Chow is a Métis postdoctoral researcher in the Canadian Centre for Health and Safety in Agriculture (CCHSA). She has a background in kinesiology, health promotion interventions, and public and population health studies. Her research focuses on primary health care and preventative interventions to promote the health of community, particularly among more vulnerable populations (Indigenous peoples, young children, and older adults). She has extensive experience collaborating with rural populations to develop, implement, and evaluate community-based health promotion interventions and she is a co-investigator on a number of grants funding research aimed at applying a community participatory approach to investigate the health needs of community. Dr. Froehlich Chow is passionate about collaborating with communities during each phase of the research process; as such she has expertise in employing mixed methods to evaluate program impact in a way that is meaningful for community partners.

  • Barbara Compton
    Oct. 3, 2019 | 8:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
    Presentation/Workshop Title:

    The Community Safety Education Strategy: Sustaining a Path to Cultural Transformation


    Barbara Compton, recently superannuated from a successful 36-year career in public education where she was a teacher, vice principal, principal, and Superintendent. She has been involved in education at the provincial and local levels serving on numerous committees to address the needs of Saskatchewan schools. Barbara presently works with Safe Saskatchewan as the Community Safety Education Strategy (CSES) Coordinator. Her role is to inform, involve, and engage provincial partners to actualize the CSES in Saskatchewan school divisions.

  • Liza Dahl
    Oct. 3, 2019 | 8:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
    Presentation/Workshop Title:

    TTYL: Helping Youth Put the WE in Wellness


    Liza Dahl is an Addictions Educator for the Sun West School Division. She was born and raised in Davidson. Liza pursued education at the University of Lethbridge, obtaining a Bachelor in Health Science Counselling. Liza has worked with the Sun West School Division as the Addictions Educator since 2006. She has developed and offered a variety of prevention programs throughout the Division. These programs cover a variety of topics, mental health, addictions, risk-taking behaviour, health choices, brain development, and many more. Liza is living in Davidson with her husband, raising their three children. When she is not working with the school kids, Liza is very involved in coaching, mentoring, church, and cheering her own kids on.

  • Dr. Marta Erlandson
    Date: TBA | Time: TBA
    Presentation/Workshop Title:

    Physical literacy enriched communities: Baseline results of a home, school, and community approach to improving physical literacy


    Dr. Marta Erlandson is an Assistant Professor in the College of Kinesiology at the University of Saskatchewan. Her research program covers growth and development and musculoskeletal health across the life span. Dr. Erlandson is funded by the Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation and is a national expert on the influence of physical activity on musculoskeletal development and the effect of physical activity on children’s growth and maturation. She is seasoned in the implementation of physical activity interventions for both healthy and clinical populations.

  • Dr. Kali Gartner
    Oct. 3, 2019 | 8:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
    Presentation/Workshop Title:

    Caring for Women* Who Use Substances in Pregnancy and Their Infants: Recognizing the Structural and Socioeconomic Factors That Impact Women* and Families and Interventions to Improve Mother-Infant Outcomes


    Kali Gartner provide primary care and prenatal care to women and their infants at the Westside Community Clinic. Some women who access care at Westside Community Clinic are impacted by effects of colonization, intergenerational trauma, and poverty. Integrated prenatal, medical, obstrical, mental health, and addiction care is provided at the Westside Community Clinic in partnership with community organizations, Saskatchewan Health Authority, visiting medical specialists, and a holistic interdisciplinary team.

  • Brooke Graham
    Oct. 2, 2019 | 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
    Presentation/Workshop Title:

    The Role of Doulas in Healthcare


    Brooke Graham is the Prenatal Outreach Coordinator for the non-profit organization, KidsFirst North. She completed training as a labour doula with DONA International in 2010 and is a certified childbirth educator through Douglas College. Brooke is involved with several initiatives that promote prenatal education and support for women and families in northern Saskatchewan.

  • Jhalene Groth
    Oct. 3, 2019 | 8:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
    Presentation/Workshop Title:

    TTYL: Helping Youth Put the WE in Wellness


    Jhalene Groth is the Addictions Counsellor with Saskatchewan Health Authority that is based out of Unity and covers the surrounding communities of Kerrobert and Macklin. Jhalene has been working in this position for the past 13 years and previously worked in the Swift Current office for four years in the same position. Jhalene works with both youth and adults and enjoys the prevention focus when working with youth. Jhalene has been involved in various community groups in her career that have worked to provide numerous services within each community. In her spare time, she is busy with her two young children and their activities.

  • Dr. Jasmine Hasselback
    Oct. 3, 2019 | 8:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
    Presentation/Workshop Title:

    Improving the Child Health Clinic Experience


    Dr. Jasmine Hasselback is a Public Health Physician and Medical Health Officer for the Saskatchewan Health Authority in Saskatoon. Her work is focused on preventing chronic disease and injury, and in promoting health and well-being. Part of that work includes intervening early in life and working to prevent adverse childhood experiences and helping to build child resiliency. Her work often includes partnerships with many non-healthcare related programs, services, and organizations because she knows that although her job is to keep people from getting sick, the healthcare system holds very few of the levers to make that happen.

  • Veronica Hawley
    Date: TBA | Time: TBA
    Presentation/Workshop Title:

    Baby's Best Start Prenatal Program


    Veronica Hawley is a Public Health Nurse working for the Saskatchewan Health Authority in Moose Jaw and is one of the facilitators of the Babies Best Start Prenatal Program. Veronica is a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan Nursing Education Program and has worked in the area of Public Health Nursing for the past 15 years. She has had the opportunity to work for Public Health in Northern British Columbia and in both rural and urban settings in the province of Saskatchewan. Her role as a public health nurse has varied over the years, but she has always had a passion for family health and enjoys working with young mothers and at-risk families. Veronica loves spending all of her extra time with her husband, family, friends, and with her two school-aged children, Logan and Olivia.

  • Erin Hewitt
    Date: TBA | Time: TBA
    Presentation/Workshop Title:

    Baby's Best Start Prenatal Program


    Erin Hewitt is a Public Health Nurse working for the Saskatchewan Health Authority in Moose Jaw and is one of the facilitators of the Babies Best Start Prenatal Program. Erin is a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan Nursing Education Program and has been nursing for over 15 years. Her nursing career began in acute care, working in the field of pediatrics and infection control. She was given the opportunity to work in Public Health Nursing and has found this to be her passion. She is a caring and empathetic nurse who feels that holistic and family-centered care is the best way to provide optimal care for her clients. Erin is a busy wife and mom of two children. In her spare time, she likes to read and walk her two energetic dogs.

  • Natalie Houser
    Date: TBA | Time: TBA
    Presentation/Workshop Title:

    Physical literacy enriched communities: Baseline results of a home, school, and community approach to improving physical literacy


    Natalie Houser is a PhD Candidate in the College of Kinesiology at the University of Saskatchewan. Natalie is a community-based researcher with her research currently focused on the development of physical literacy in school-aged children through multi-environmental approaches. Her PhD research is also exploring how aspects of children’s’ growth and maturation influences their physical literacy.

  • Dr. Louise Humbert
    (Concurrent Sessions)
    Oct. 3, 2019 | 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    Presentation/Workshop Title:

    Healthy Start/Départ Santé for Families (HSFF): A Collaborative, Multi-stakeholders Initiative to Support Families in Making Healthy Changes


    Date: TBA | Time: TBA
    Presentation/Workshop Title:

    Physical literacy enriched communities: Baseline results of a home, school, and community approach to improving physical literacy


    Dr. Louise Humbert is a professor in the College of Kinesiology at the University of Saskatchewan. She is a community-based researcher with over 20 years’ experience working in community settings. A founding member of Saskatoon and Saskatchewan in motion, Louise has experience listening to the needs of community members and working with them to develop initiatives that reflect their needs and realities. She is currently involved in two large projects assessing the impact of interventions on the development of physical literacy in school-aged children. Louise is also very interested in the thoughts and experiences of parents and educators and she works to ensure their voices are heard in all aspects of program development, implementation, and evaluation. Louise is currently the Chair of the Board of Directors of Active Saskatchewan.

  • Dr. Mark Inman
    Oct. 3, 2019 | 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    Presentation/Workshop Title:

    Primary and Secondary Prevention Strategies in Pediatric Type 2 Diabetes


    Dr. Mark Inman is a Pediatric Endocrinologist affiliated with the University of Saskatchewan College of Medicine and works with the LiveWell Pediatric Diabetes Program at Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon. His clinical work involves both type 1 and type 2 diabetes as well as an array of pediatric endocrine disorders.

  • Dawn Kellington
    Oct. 2, 2019 | 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
    Presentation/Workshop Title:

    Hear our Voices: A Conversation about Youth, Mental Health, & Creative Expression


    Dawn Kellington is the coordinator of the Survivor 101 program offered through CFS Saskatoon. The Survivor 101 program offers in-school support groups for youth experiencing mental health challenges and or violence as well as community engagement projects featuring youth voice. Dawn has edited two publications featuring the stories of youth; Day by Day: A Handbook for Teens and Hand in Hand: A Guidebook for Adults. In these publications, through written and visual art, youth share their experiences of mental health and/or violence and use their stories to encourage, influence, and impact other youth, health professionals, and community leaders. The Survivor 101 program aims to create safe spaces in which youth can learn, connect, and be empowered. Two youth advocates who contributed to the publications will be co-presenting.

  • Sylvie Larwood
    Oct. 3, 2019 | 8:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
    Presentation/Workshop Title:

    TTYL: Helping Youth Put the WE in Wellness


    Sylvie Larwood is an Addictions Counsellor with the Saskatchewan Health Authority based out of Outlook and provides services to the surrounding communities. She provides one-to-one counselling, education, and prevention to both adults and youth within their communities. Sylvie is involved with youth initiatives throughout west central Saskatchewan. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family.

  • Dr. Noni Macdonald
    Oct. 3, 2019 | 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
    Presentation/Workshop Title:

    Optimizing Vaccine Uptake – Addressing Vaccine Hesitancy


    Dr. Noni MacDonald is a Professor of Paediatrics (Infectious Diseases) at Dalhousie University and the IWK Health Centre in Halifax Canada. She is a former Dean of Medicine at Dalhousie University and was the first woman in Canada to be a Dean of Medicine. Her two current major areas of interest involve global health. The first is Vaccines including vaccine safety, hesitancy, demand, pain mitigation, education and policy, especially through her work with the World Health Organization (WHO). She has been a member of SAGE (the Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on immunization for WHO) since 2017. This committee provides advice to WHO on all aspects of vaccinology. She also chairs the WHO Decade of Vaccine assessment committee that has been charged with reviewing the progress (or not) on the Global Vaccine Action Plan (GVAP) goals as a precursor for development of the next Decade of vaccines plan. The second area is MicroResearch, building capacity in community focused research in developing countries and now also in Canada (www.microresearch-international.ca) to help interdisciplinary health professionals find local solutions for community health problems that fit the context, culture, and resources. She is a Founder and Co-Director of the Centre for MicroResearch International.

    Dr. MacDonald has published over 400 papers; was the founding Editor-in-Chief of Paediatrics & Child Health for over 20 years, and a former Editor-in-Chief of CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). She is the Editor for Child Health for new Oxford University Press publication Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Global Public Health. Dr. MacDonald has long been recognized in Canada and internationally, as an advocate for child and youth health and as a leader in paediatric infectious disease and global health.

  • Della Magnusson
    Oct. 3, 2019 | 8:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
    Presentation/Workshop Title:

    Caring for Women* Who Use Substances in Pregnancy and Their Infants: Recognizing the Structural and Socioeconomic Factors That Impact Women* and Families and Interventions to Improve Mother-Infant Outcomes


    Della Magnusson provide primary care and prenatal care to women and their infants at the Westside Community Clinic. Some women who access care at Westside Community Clinic are impacted by effects of colonization, intergenerational trauma, and poverty. Integrated prenatal, medical, obstrical, mental health, and addiction care is provided at the Westside Community Clinic in partnership with community organizations, Saskatchewan Health Authority, visiting medical specialists, and a holistic interdisciplinary team.

    Della Magnusson provide care to mothers and infants cared for at Sanctum 1.5 prenatal and postnatal home or women at risk of HIV exposure in pregnancy, HIV positive or at risk of child apprehension. Sanctum 1.5 is leading innovative practice by ensuring trauma informed care for women before their infants is born and then continuity of mother-infant care after delivery. Infants are discharged from the hospital in the care of their mothers with supervision from staff. Sanctum 1.5 also provides monitoring for neonatal abstinence syndrome and is piloting assessment and treatment of NAS in a community setting with pediatric oversight which is a novel approach not yet developed elsewhere.

  • Natalya Mason
    Oct. 3, 2019 | 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    Presentation/Workshop Title:

    Tell It Like It Is: Engaging and Innovative Comprehensive Sexuality Education for People with Developmental Disabilities, and Those Who Support Them


    Natalya Mason is a sexual health educator and a social worker who was born and raised in Saskatoon. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Saskatchewan, a BSW from the University of Regina, and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Sexual Health from the University of Alberta. She is currently completing a M.A. in Women’s, Gender, and Sexualities Studies at the U of S, where her graduate work focuses on social and emotional barriers to condom use for adolescent girls. Natalya has been the Education/Outreach Coordinator at Saskatoon Sexual Health for five years. In that time, she has taught in communities across the province, been involved in numerous projects nationally, and amassed a collection of twelve wooden penises. She is a big believer in community, and as such is proud to be a lifelong member of the Girl Guides of Canada, and to sit on the Board of Directors with OUTSaskatoon.

  • Erick McNair
    Oct. 3, 2019 | 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    Presentation/Workshop Title:

    Seeking to Improve Outcomes for Adolescents of Diverse Ethnicities Living with Undiagnosed Prediabetes and Type 2 Diabetes in Saskatchewan


    Erick McNair, PhD is a faculty member of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and an Associate Member of the Department of Surgery, Division of Cardiac Surgery. Dr. McNair’s background is in cardiac pathology and clinical perfusion during cardiac surgery. He is involved in teaching, research, and scholarly activities. Dr. McNair’s research focus is on the identification of biochemical markers of organ injury (heart, kidney, and brain), prevention of diabetes in youth, and platelet function testing.

  • Gord Moker
    Oct. 3, 2019 | 8:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
    Presentation/Workshop Title:

    The Community Safety Education Strategy: Sustaining a Path to Cultural Transformation


    Gord Moker, Chief Executive Officer of Safe Saskatchewan, was born and raised in Wakaw, Saskatchewan, and demonstrates daily passion and commitment to moving the vision of an injury-free Saskatchewan forward. Gord is extremely familiar with the injury prevention world, having worked for the Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) for 15 years. Today, Gord continues to aid in the steady forward movement of Mission: Zero, towards transforming our provincial culture and positioning injury prevention as a core value.

  • Dr. Marcella Ogenchuk
    Oct. 2, 2019 | 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
    Presentation/Workshop Title:

    Exploring Pediatric Oral Health in and With One Indigenous Community


    Dr. Marcella Ogenchuk is a registered nurse and faculty member in the University of Saskatchewan’s College of Nursing. Dr. Ogenchuk has extensive pediatric nursing experience in acute and community settings and as a nurse leader in oral health in children. Dr. Ogenchuk brings her expertise in developing pathways of care for elementary students requiring urgent oral health care in an urban center using a multidisciplinary approach and facilitating school oral health preventative strategies.

  • Dr. Cassie Pancyr
    Oct. 3, 2019 | 8:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
    Presentation/Workshop Title:

    Caring for Women* Who Use Substances in Pregnancy and Their Infants: Recognizing the Structural and Socioeconomic Factors That Impact Women* and Families and Interventions to Improve Mother-Infant Outcomes


    Dr. Cassie Pancyr provide primary care and prenatal care to women and their infants at the Westside Community Clinic. Some women who access care at Westside Community Clinic are impacted by effects of colonization, intergenerational trauma, and poverty. Integrated prenatal, medical, obstrical, mental health, and addiction care is provided at the Westside Community Clinic in partnership with community organizations, Saskatchewan Health Authority, visiting medical specialists, and a holistic interdisciplinary team.

  • Kavitha Ramachandran
    Oct. 3, 2019 | 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    Presentation/Workshop Title:

    Healthy Start/Départ Santé for Families (HSFF): A Collaborative, Multi-stakeholders Initiative to Support Families in Making Healthy Changes


    Kavitha Ramachandran is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Community Health and Epidemiology at the University of Saskatchewan, specializing in Community and Population Health Sciences. She joined the Healthy Start research team in September 2013 and works as a Family Engagement Program Coordinator. Kavitha worked as a Nutrition Research Coordinator for the College of Pharmacy and Nutrition prior to her enrolment in the PhD program. Her areas of interest in research include collaborative and community-based participatory research: to promote health and wellness for children and families, Indigenous and under-served communities, newcomers, refugees and diverse populations. She developed family engagement initiative after community consultations which is currently being pilot tested in urban and rural Saskatchewan. It is a home-based/visiting health promotion intervention to encourage healthy eating, physical activity, and positive conversation among young children and families. Kavitha is an internationally trained dietitian and has master’s degrees in Nutrition and Dietetics.

  • Dr. Seyara Shwetz
    Oct. 3, 2019 | 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    Presentation/Workshop Title:

    Saskatchewan’s TREKK Roadshow: A novel approach to dissemination critical PEM resources to rural healthcare practitioners


    Dr. Seyara Shwetz

  • Dr. Keith Da Silva
    Oct. 2, 2019 | 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
    Presentation/Workshop Title:

    Oral Health, General Health, and Overall Well-being – Why Prevention Matters


    Dr. Keith Da Silva is an assistant professor at the College of Dentistry, University of Saskatchewan; a Fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada; and a dual specialist in pediatric dentistry and dental public health. He currently serves on the Board of Directors at the Canadian Association in Public Health Dentistry. As a clinician, he has worked in private practice, community clinics, and hospital settings. As a researcher, his main focus is improving access to oral health care through community-based interventions and upstream policy solutions.

  • Shelley Spurr
    Oct. 3, 2019 | 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    Presentation/Workshop Title:

    Seeking to Improve Outcomes for Adolescents of Diverse Ethnicities Living with Undiagnosed Prediabetes and Type 2 Diabetes in Saskatchewan


    Shelley Spurr, PhD is a Registered Nurse (RN) and has over 20 years of pediatric nursing experience in a variety of areas including acute care, public health, and home care. Dr. Spurr is now working as an Associate Professor in the College of Nursing at the University of Saskatchewan. Dr. Spurr’s research focuses on developing prevention strategies and innovative approaches to screen for risk and complications of diabetes. Currently, Dr. Spurr is conducting an investigation that will generate insight into adolescents’ and parents’ experiences of prediabetes and type 2 diabetes and identify possibilities for community-based health promotion interventions.

  • Crystal Storey
    Oct. 3, 2019 | 8:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
    Presentation/Workshop Title:

    TTYL: Helping Youth Put the WE in Wellness


    Crystal Storey is a Population Health Promotion Coordinator with the Saskatchewan Health Authority based out of Rosetown and works throughout west central Saskatchewan. She is involved in diverse initiatives whose purposes are to help people thrive at whatever stage of life they are in. Youth-focused ones are of particular interest to her, both in her professional and volunteer work. Crystal can often be found in her “free time” at the local youth centre or spending time with her nieces and nephews.

  • Dr. Hortense Nsoh Tabien
    Oct. 3, 2019 | 8:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
    Presentation/Workshop Title:

    Improving the Child Health Clinic Experience


    Dr. Hortense Nsoh Tabien obtained her Medical degree at the University of Milan, Italy and holds a PhD degree in Anatomy and Cell Biology from the University of Saskatchewan. She completed her residency/fellowship training in Public Health and Preventive Medicine (PHPM) at the University of Saskatchewan. Dr. Tabien is currently working as Medical Health Officer for the SHA, Saskatoon area covering the portfolio for Immunization and Travel Health. Her professional interest involves vulnerable groups including immigrant and refugee health, women health, and physician health. She is a mother of adorable twin boys, whom she describes as “her sunshine” and who give her the drive to do all. Dr. Tabien enjoys reading science fiction novels and learning new hobbies. She like sports and enjoys jogging, football (soccer), and dancing.

  • Dr. Valerie Tarasuk
    Oct. 3, 2019 | 1:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
    Presentation/Workshop Title:

    Food Insecurity in Canada: The Case for Evidence-Based Policy


    Valerie Tarasuk is a Professor in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Toronto, where she has been on faculty since 1994. The primary focus of her research is household food insecurity. She has led several tri-council research grants to elucidate the scope, nature, and health implications of this problem in Canada, assess the effectiveness of community responses, and determine how public policies and programs impact food insecurity prevalence and severity. In 2011, she led the establishment of PROOF, an interdisciplinary research program designed to identify effective policy approaches to reduce household food insecurity in Canada. In 2018, she received an honorary doctorate from Queen’s University in recognition of her work.

  • Dallas Tetarenko
    Oct. 3, 2019 | 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    Presentation/Workshop Title:

    Tell It Like It Is: Engaging and Innovative Comprehensive Sexuality Education for People with Developmental Disabilities, and Those Who Support Them


    Dallas Tetarenko is a Community Inclusion Consultant for the Saskatchewan Association for Community Living. He has worked within the disability support sector for 10 years. Dallas pursues a variety of artistic endeavours, including ceramics, painting, sculpting, furniture design and fabrication, and drawing. He hosts his own radio program that features music from film, theatre, and television, which is currently finishing its sixth year of production.

  • Cassandra Wajuntah
    Oct. 3, 2019 | 1:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
    Presentation/Workshop Title:
    (Keynote Panel)

    Food Insecurity: Multiple Perspectives to Understand the Issue


    Cassandra is from Canoe Lake Cree First Nation and was raised in Meadow Lake in Northern Saskatchewan. She graduated at the top of her class in 2009 from the University of Regina with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism (BAJ) and a Certificate in Indigenous Communication Arts (INCA). In 2012, she finished her Master's of Public Administration (MPA) where she focused on Indigenous post-secondary education funding. As a PhD candidate in public policy, she was the recipient of a CIHR Doctoral Research Award ($108,000) for her dissertation entitled The Indian Solution to the Policy Problem: Developing an Indigenous Policymaking Model to Address First Nations Health Disparities. She is currently working with Indigenous health organizations in Saskatchewan and Hawai’i to examine how self-determined Indigenous health policymaking models are more effective at improving the health of Indigenous people than Western colonial models. She was most recently a Visiting Scholar at the U of Hawai’i's John A. Burns School of Medicine in the Department of Native Hawaiian Health while she worked with her community partners throughout the Hawaiian Islands..

    Cassandra served in various roles at the Indigenous Peoples’ Health Research Centre (IPHRC) from 2010-16 under the late Dr. Jo-Ann Episkenew, whom she credits as a pivotal mentor, friend and influence in her work. During her time at IPHRC, Cassandra assisted Dr. Episkenew with the creation of the Indigenous Research and Engagement Platform (IREP) for the Saskatchewan Centre of Patient-Oriented Research (SCPOR) and the transition of IPHRC to the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy. She currently resides in Regina, SK with her husband Justin, a member of Standing Buffalo Dakota First Nation, their 6 dogs and their 3 wild toddlers.

  • Kristyn White
    Oct. 3, 2019 | 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
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    Tell It Like It Is: Engaging and Innovative Comprehensive Sexuality Education for People with Developmental Disabilities, and Those Who Support Them


    Kristyn White is a Personal Support Worker and Team Leader at Creative Options Regina (COR). Kristyn has been with COR for four years, and has been involved within the disability sector for eight years. She completed her Bachelor of Sport and Reaction Studies majoring in Therapeutic Recreation in 2016 from the University of Regina, and completed her field work practicum at Inclusion Regina. Kristyn is planning to start working on her MSc this fall, and would like to focus her graduate research on sexual health and education for those experiencing disability. Kristyn is passionate about empowering individuals experiencing disability, and encouraging people to make their own decisions regarding their bodies, their lives, and their own experiences. Kristyn is dedicated to educating others on Gentle Teaching, person-centered thinking, and creating meaningful relationships within disability support work.

Abstracts

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  • Oct. 2, 2019 | 10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
    Welcome
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    Oct. 2, 2019 | 10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

    Welcome

  • Oct. 2, 2019 | 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    Keynote - FrameWorks Institute
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    Oct. 2, 2019 | 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

    Keynote - FrameWorks Institute

  • Oct. 2, 2019 | 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
    Patient Oriented Research to Promote Culturally Safe Births for Indigenous Mothers in Saskatchewan
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    Oct. 2, 2019 | 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

    Patient Oriented Research to Promote Culturally Safe Births for Indigenous Mothers in Saskatchewan

    Angela Bowen
  • Oct. 2, 2019 | 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
    The Role of Doulas in Healthcare
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    Oct. 2, 2019 | 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

    The Role of Doulas in Healthcare

    Brooke Graham

    Research shows that one of the most effective tools to improve labour and delivery outcomes is the continuous presence of support personnel, such as a doula. But what is a doula? Evidence shows doulas can be a valuable addition to the birth team when working with a family physician, registered midwife, or obstetrician. What are the strengths that doulas bring to the team and what are their professional boundaries and limitations? This presentation will outline the professional role of doulas on a care team and describe how they have come to be a part of the birth experiences in La Ronge.

  • Oct. 2, 2019 | 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
    Youth Who Thrive
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    Oct. 2, 2019 | 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

    Youth Who Thrive

    Dave Shanks
  • Oct. 2, 2019 | 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
    Hear our Voices: A Conversation about Youth, Mental Health, & Creative Expression
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    Oct. 2, 2019 | 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

    Hear our Voices: A Conversation about Youth, Mental Health, & Creative Expression

    Dawn Kellington

    There is an important conversation that is happening and needs to continue to happen regarding mental health challenges and forms of violence experienced by youth. Youth who have experienced and are experiencing mental health challenges and/or forms of violence have an essential voice in this conversation. The stories of youth with lived experience can be shared in a powerful way through visual and written art. Through these creative avenues, young people can process their experiences, find meaning in their experiences, and share their experiences with others offering solidarity, hope, and inspiration. Youth advocates involved with the Survivor 101 Youth voice projects are high school students who have felt empowered to share their stories and experiences through youth compiled publications; Day by Day: A Handbook for Teens and Hand in Hand: A Guidebook for Adults. Through this process they have found strength, healing, and growth. Their stories are powerful tools to share with other youth, health professionals, and community leaders to affect change. The role of storytelling through creative expression can be a powerful intervention for youth who are experiencing mental health challenges and/or forms of violence. The process of telling one’s story can also be a platform for a young person to gain the skills needed to become a leader and advocate. These stories are also a valuable learning tool and provide insight for service providers, family members, and community leaders. Decisions and conversations about youth mental health and violence need to include these stories of youth who have and are experiencing mental health challenges and/or violence.

  • Oct. 2, 2019 | 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
    Exploring Pediatric Oral Health in and With One Indigenous Community
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    Oct. 2, 2019 | 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

    Exploring Pediatric Oral Health in and With One Indigenous Community

    Dr. Marcella Ogenchuk

    Purpose: Dental caries is the most common chronic childhood disease in Canada. Early childhood caries can have serious consequences for the well-being of children. The objective of this study was to explore and identify the strengths and barriers related to oral health services with an Indigenous community in Saskatchewan. Methods: A mixed-methods study, aligned with Chapter 9 of the Tri-Council Policy Statement, utilizing community-based participatory research. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with Elders, healthcare providers, teachers, and parents/guardians of elementary school-aged children (n=28). The community will participate in data analysis, interpretation of the results, and will identify next steps. Results/Outcomes: The research process includes tool development with the community; to identify their strengths and opportunities for change and subsequently to generate solutions to the practical barriers; and, potentially transform the health system accessed by the communities. The outcomes include several steps including presentation of the findings and overall themes to key stakeholders, and the development of strategies with the larger community. The most commonly identified themes included: the need for resource development and process to improve oral health literacy and skills; access to supplies and healthy food; importance of family in knowledge translation, and existing community infrastructure. Conclusions: The next steps are being defined with the community, to ensure sustainability and have the potential to enhance prevention among young children. The research process is as significant as developing the findings with the community; providing for the development of authentic community engagement, focusing on strengths and capacities they have identified and thus informing sustainable policy and practice.

  • Oct. 2, 2019 | 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
    Oral Health, General Health, and Overall Well-being – Why Prevention Matters
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    Oct. 2, 2019 | 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

    Oral Health, General Health, and Overall Well-being – Why Prevention Matters

    Dr. Keith Da Silva

    Tooth decay remains the most common chronic disease of childhood and the most common cause of day surgeries in Canada. When left untreated, tooth decay can lead to infection, pain, and premature loss of teeth. Children with untreated decay can suffer from malnutrition, poor growth, and a reduced oral health related quality of life. We know that oral health is an integral component of our overall health and well-being; however, oral health care has long been separated from the general health care system and access to dental care remains a challenge. Due to the increased awareness of the common risk factors and social determinants of health, an integrated and interdisciplinary approach to oral health care is required. In this seminar, we will review the oral health – systemic health connection, as well as innovations in public health dentistry that focus on an interdisciplinary approach to prevention, and upstream policy solutions that promote healthy child development and good oral health.

  • Oct. 2, 2019 | 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    Knowledge Exchange for Healthy Families & Communities - An Interactive Event
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    Oct. 2, 2019 | 3:00 –p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

    Knowledge Exchange for Healthy Families & Communities - An Interactive Event

    Erin Beckwell
  • Oct. 3, 2019 | 8:45 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
    Mobilizing Knowledge for More Accessible and Effective Patient Care
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    Oct. 3, 2019 | 8:45 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

    Mobilizing Knowledge for More Accessible and Effective Patient Care

    Erin Beckwell

    Abstract: Using a variety of learning strategies, this workshop will focus on providing physicians with an understanding of the importance of knowledge exchange (KE) processes and products in patient care. By discussing KE principles and practice examples, participants will acquire practical skills to support them to use evidence and health information to provide more responsive, accessible, and effective health information to patients and families. To directly apply the workshop content to participants’ practice contexts, each participant is asked to bring at least one practice example to work with during the session, such as patient education material or other product used to communicate health information (poster, infographic, curriculum, brochure, etc.) in their practice, a patient communication need or challenge, or data they wish to share patients, families, or health care teams. Participants will leave the workshop with a basic understanding of KE tools and plans for applying KE principles in their practice setting.

  • Oct. 3, 2019 | 8:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
    Standardizing Prenatal Education
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    Oct. 3, 2019 | 8:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

    Standardizing Prenatal Education

    Audrey Boyer

    Northern Saskatchewan has been working towards standardizing prenatal education to promote all pregnant women receiving evidence-based information during their pregnancies, regardless of where they live. Service providers from provincial and federal organizations have been working together to create resources for all levels of providers to be used in all jurisdictions and locations across the north. The program is based on peer-reviewed information produced by the Saskatchewan Prevention Institute (Your Pregnancy Month-by-Month) and incorporates desires learned from speaking with northern women. The inter-agency team that prepared the resources rolled out in-person training across the north in various locations and continues to offer general and expanded trainings via WebEx in 2019. Collaboration and knowledge exchange are central to this work. The pre-existing collaborative model of the Northern Healthy Communities Partnership contributed to the collective and administrative means of delivering this program out across the north. The objectives of this session are to share the outputs (resources) to date, describe the process of collaborative work, and inform participants of the resources still to come.

  • Oct. 3, 2019 | 8:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
    My Saskatchewan Pregnancy – A Prenatal App
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    Oct. 3, 2019 | 8:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

    My Saskatchewan Pregnancy – A Prenatal App

    Sarah Fang
  • Oct. 3, 2019 | 8:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
    TTYL: Helping Youth Put the WE in Wellness
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    Oct. 3, 2019 | 8:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

    TTYL: Helping Youth Put the WE in Wellness

    Crystal Storey, Sylvie Larwood, Jhalene Groth, and Liza Dahl

    TTYL (Talking To Youth Live) provides factual information to grade 8 students on mental wellness, drugs, and alcohol, while developing coping skills, fostering positive relationships with local professionals, and creating personal support systems for the youth. It is a one-day event with the goal of creating a foundation for youth to recognize within themselves and those around them when they are struggling with a wellness issue, building practical resilience tools and making it easier for them to seek professional help if needed. Multiple disciplines work collaboratively to provide a broad view of life choices, consequences, and how we can all support one another. By the health and education systems working together, we have increased opportunities to support youth well past the day of the TTYL event in their normal environments. The youth are then better able to utilize and build upon their new knowledge and skills to affect the culture within their own schools and families. TTYL shows that engaging youth in a meaningful way does not need to be expensive and can be done anywhere. This is a very versatile initiative that could be used in varied settings and adapted to meet the needs of the youth and communities being served.

  • Oct. 3, 2019 | 8:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
    The Community Safety Education Strategy: Sustaining a Path to Cultural Transformation
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    Oct. 3, 2019 | 8:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

    The Community Safety Education Strategy: Sustaining a Path to Cultural Transformation

    Barbara Compton and Gord Moker

    The Community Safety Education Strategy (CSES) is a comprehensive, provincial framework that sets out a path for providing injury prevention education, resources, and supports for Saskatchewan children and youth in the K-12 education system. The CSES is aimed at school divisions and their employees, with a focus on students in all grade levels, and recognizes the importance of community and industry support, participation, and engagement. Gord Moker, CEO, and Barb Compton, CSES Coordinator, Safe Saskatchewan, will provide an overview of the CSES; its vision of an injury-free Saskatchewan where safe lifestyles influence how we live, learn, work and play; and its mission of empowering Saskatchewan youth to live injury-free.

  • Oct. 3, 2019 | 8:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
    Improving the Child Health Clinic Experience
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    Oct. 3, 2019 | 8:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

    Improving the Child Health Clinic Experience

    Dr. Jasmine Hasselback and Dr. Hortense Nsoh Tabien

    Abstract: Purpose: To improve the services provided at the Child Health Clinics attended by children and their caregivers at age 2, 4, 6, 12, 18 months, and 4 years in the Saskatoon area. Background: Public Health Clinics across the former Saskatoon Health Region offer immunization to children at ages 2, 4, 6, 12, 18 months, and 4 years. In the same visit, a Public Health Nurse will provide assessment and support around healthy growth and development of the child. Evaluation and improvement of this service was deemed timely and appropriate. Method: Value stream mapping was completed of these four types of clinic visits. The current state was challenged against providers and clients and a future state was built. From that several small changes were implemented to move in that direction. Findings: Through this process it was identified that empowering the caregiver to control the material addressed at the visit was a widespread desire. Implementation: A visual tool was developed that was piloted at a single site and continues to be used. This tool provides caregivers the opportunity to flag issues of interest for that visit.

  • Oct. 3, 2019 | 8:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
    Caring for Women* Who Use Substances in Pregnancy and Their Infants: Recognizing the Structural and Socioeconomic Factors That Impact Women* and Families and Interventions to Improve Mother-Infant Outcomes
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    Oct. 3, 2019 | 8:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

    Caring for Women* Who Use Substances in Pregnancy and Their Infants: Recognizing the Structural and Socioeconomic Factors That Impact Women* and Families and Interventions to Improve Mother-Infant Outcomes

    Dr. Kali Gartner, Della Magnusson, Dr. Cassie Pancyr, and Dr. Mahli Brindamour

    Abstract: Substance use by women in pregnancy is difficult to estimate due to stigma and judgement experienced by people who use drugs and especially people who use illegal drugs in pregnancy. The Public Health Agency of Canada identifies substance use in pregnancy (e.g. alcohol, tobacco, opioids, stimulants) as a concern that impacts people across all socioeconomic demographics. However, the co-occurence of substance use, poverty, racism and violence often has devastating impacts for women, their infants, and families. Women who use substances in pregnancy may fear accessing medical and social services due to past experiences of violence, stigma and especially the fear of child apprehension due to disclosure of their substance use. This can lead to avoidance of medical and prenatal care and delay access to Addiction and Mental Health Services. The literature suggests that harm reduction, patient and family centred, low barrier, and holistic services are required to meet the socioeconomic needs of women. These services can be integrated with prenatal care in a primary care setting. This presentation will aim to describe the structural and socioeconomic factors that impact many women with substance use in pregnancy. We will describe best practice guidelines and Canadian examples for care for women in the prenatal period and mother-infant-families in the postpartum period and beyond. We will describe the evidence for mother-infant dyad care in hospital including the evidence for the “Eat, Sleep, Console” approach to monitoring neonatal opioid withdrawal in hospital. Saskatchewan has led the way in developing innovative, trauma informed programming to support mother-infant togetherness for women impacted by substance use and trauma in pregnancy. The Sanctum 1.5 model of mother-infant care will be described including some early data describing the impact of this new made in Saskatchewan approach to caring for families.

  • Oct. 3, 2019 | 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    Seeking to Improve Outcomes for Adolescents of Diverse Ethnicities Living with Undiagnosed Prediabetes and Type 2 Diabetes in Saskatchewan
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    Oct. 3, 2019 | 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

    Seeking to Improve Outcomes for Adolescents of Diverse Ethnicities Living with Undiagnosed Prediabetes and Type 2 Diabetes in Saskatchewan

    Shelley Spurr, Jill Bally, Carol Bullin, and Erick McNair

    Background: In Canada, the incidence of type 2 diabetes (T2D) in children and adolescents is increasing, and furthermore, certain ethnic groups are disproportionately affected by T2D1,2. In this presentation, the risk factors will be reported along with the prevalence of undiagnosed prediabetes and T2D in adolescents from diverse ethnicities including Indigenous, Filipino, and European.

    Methods: A total of 396 adolescents, aged 14-19, were screened for risk factors of prediabetes and T2D.

    Results: The Filipino group had a significantly higher prevalence of elevated blood glucose (46.2%, n=42), followed by the Indigenous (21.5%, n=35), and European (10.3%, n=8) groups. A significantly high number of adolescents from the European group (59%) were classified with prehypertension/hypertension, followed by the Filipino (50.5%), and the Indigenous (25.8%) groups. Based on body mass index, Indigenous adolescents (39.9%) were more likely to be overweight/obese, followed by the Filipino (37.4%), and European (34.6%) groups.

    Practice Implications: The findings reported herein provide a deeper understanding of the prevalence and risk of type 2 diabetes in adolescents. The rates of elevated blood glucose is relevant to a multitude of healthcare providers, particularly nurses who are most often the first point of entry into the health system. As such, nurses are in an optimal position to consider establishing health promoting strategies and screening programs that are adapted to the realities and culture of these adolescents. This plan should be personalized taking into account financial resources, and emphasize the importance of all healthcare providers being receptive and respectful of the cultural practices of the family.

    Given the finding that adolescents living in Saskatchewan have significant risk factors for type 2 diabetes, cultural practices that may contribute to childhood obesity need to be considered. Pediatric, community, and diabetes nurses, nurse educators, certified diabetes educators, and clinical nurse specialists work closely with families and adolescents and are well-positioned to better understand the cultural context associated with the experience of diabetes. These nurses have the opportunity to play a key role in the promotion of healthy lifestyles with the goal of improving health outcomes in adolescents. Due to the increased risk of developing prediabetes and type 2 diabetes, it is important that healthcare providers engage and collaborate with families to develop culturally appropriate screening and health promoting strategies.

    1. Amed, S., Dean, H. J., Panagiotopoulos, C., et al. Type 2 diabetes, medication-induced diabetes, and monogenic diabetes in Canadian children: a prospective national surveillance study. Diabetes Care 2010;33(4):786-91.
    2. Panagiotopoulos, C., Hadjiyannakis, S., Henderson, M. Type 2 Diabetes in Children and Adolescents. Canadian Journal of Diabetes 2018;42 Suppl 1:S247-S54.
  • Oct. 3, 2019 | 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
    Optimizing Vaccine Uptake – Addressing Vaccine Hesitancy
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    Oct. 3, 2019 | 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

    Optimizing Vaccine Uptake – Addressing Vaccine Hesitancy

    Noni MacDonald
  • Oct. 3, 2019 | 1:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
    Food Insecurity in Canada: The Case for Evidence-Based Policy
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    Oct. 3, 2019 | 1:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

    Food Insecurity in Canada: The Case for Evidence-Based Policy

    Dr. Valerie Tarasuk
    Panel: Cassandra Wajuntah, Dr. Mahli Brindamour, and Valerie Tarasuk
  • Oct. 3, 2019 | 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    A Community Safety and Well-Being Framework for Saskatchewan
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    Oct. 3, 2019 | 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

    A Community Safety and Well-Being Framework for Saskatchewan

    Gina Alexander

    All agencies have a role in improving community safety and well-being. By working collaboratively at the local level, we will be in a better position to improve the lives of Saskatchewan citizens. Local leadership, important multi-sector collaboration, and responses are centered on achieving shared outcomes. A framework is intended to be a place to start a conversation on assets and gaps in communities and how to create change towards more upstream interventions that are rooted in data and social outcomes. Functioning social development initiatives work together in ways that challenge conventional assumptions about limitations and organizational cultures, and ensure that individuals, families, and communities are safe, healthy, educated, housed, employed, and have social networks that they can trust.

    Prevention requires hands-on implementation of strategies, policies, or programs to diminish potential threats to a community’s safety and well-being. Data and information sharing on community assets, trends, and vulnerable people will identify priority areas to react effectively, while demonstrating both moral and economic benefits of such prevention work. Risk intervention involves many areas working together to immediately address and avert situations where there is a high risk of harm, such as crime, emergency room visits, or a child apprehension, and reduce the systemic reliance on such response. Collaboration and data sharing between agencies, such as “types of risk", have created partnerships and allowed for collective analysis of risk-based data in the development of strategies in prevention and social areas. Incident Response is the immediate and reactionary response that may involve a sense of urgency. Systems involved in this level of response are highly trained, efficiently organized, and required to assess needs and mobilize appropriate responses promptly and effectively. Initiatives in this area alone cannot be relied upon to increase community safety and well-being.

  • Oct. 3, 2019 | 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    Healthy Start/Départ Santé for Families (HSFF): A Collaborative, Multi-stakeholders Initiative to Support Families in Making Healthy Changes
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    Oct. 3, 2019 | 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

    Healthy Start/Départ Santé for Families (HSFF): A Collaborative, Multi-stakeholders Initiative to Support Families in Making Healthy Changes

    Kavitha Ramachandran, Dr. Louise Humbert, and Dr. Amanda Froehlich Chow

    Background: Childhood obesity continues to be a public health concern in Canada and worldwide. There is uncertainty regarding the most effective approaches for preventing it and addressing its impacts on children, families, and population at-large. Purpose: The goal of our collaborative and community-participatory work was to design and implement a family engagement initiative to support parents with young children in being physically active and eating healthy as a family. Methods: Using the population health approach, this research was guided by a literature review within the field of prevention science, an adapted engagement framework, and community consultations. Over one year we interviewed 25 parents and consulted with at least 15 stakeholders and community partners including two Elders as well as one Traditional Knowledge Keeper. Then four focus groups were conducted to better tailor the initiative to diverse delivery contexts. Results: The Healthy Start for Families initiative consists of simple, fun-filled, child-friendly, and interactive family activities focused on healthy eating, culturally relevant physical activities, games, and physical literacy, delivered in three 90-minute sessions. It is designed to be implemented in four real-world settings: Early Learning Childcare Centres (ELCCs), Schools, Family Resource Centres (FRCs) and the Home environment. HSFF was pilot-tested in three childcare centres serving immigrant and refugee children and Francophone children, one Indigenous school setting, and six homes. This approach was well received by parents, families, and staff members of ELCCs. Specific findings will be presented at the conference. Conclusion: To address the multiple and complex factors influencing childhood obesity, the actions should be collaborative, multifaceted, and intersectoral. Involving and supporting families is a key component of success towards improving health outcomes for young children. The findings from this work could also inform both policy and public health practice to increase physical activity and healthy eating in multiple settings where children live and play.

  • Oct. 3, 2019 | 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    Physical Literacy Enriched Communities: Baseline Results of a Home, School, and Community Approach to Improving Physical Literacy
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    Oct. 3, 2019 | 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

    Physical Literacy Enriched Communities: Baseline Results of a Home, School, and Community Approach to Improving Physical Literacy

    Natalie Houser, Dr. Louise Humbert, and Dr. Marta Erlandson

    Abstract: Despite the well-recognized health benefits associated with physical activity, Canadian children and youth are not sufficiently active. One way to enhance physical activity participation is through the development of physical literacy. Physical literacy is described as the physical competence, motivation and confidence, and knowledge and understanding to value and take part in physical activities for life. It is suggested that those meeting physical activity and sedentary behaviour guidelines have higher physical literacy, thus influencing a healthier lifestyle. Currently, little evidence exists on successful ways to enhance physical literacy development in children and youth, which is something this study seeks to address.

    Saskatchewan in motion and the Partners for Physical Literacy (with representation from Sport, Education, Recreation, and Research) have utilized a mobilization approach to support community action to enhance physical literacy and physical activity opportunities for children and youth. Initiatives within this intervention focus on home, school, and community level changes, encouraging shared responsibility to enhance physical literacy. Children and youth’s physical literacy will be measured using the Physical Literacy Assessment for Youth (PLAY) tools.

    This presentation will share details on the importance of physical literacy development in children and youth, the process of creating a physical literacy enhanced community, and preliminary results from participating communities. The focus will be on children’s physical literacy levels at baseline, and how we anticipate changes in physical literacy throughout the intervention.

    This home, school, and community approach shares the way in which physical activity and physical literacy can be enhanced by taking a shared responsibility approach. Through this approach, we are hopeful to enhance physical activity levels and physical literacy experiences.

  • Oct. 3, 2019 | 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    Tell It Like It Is: Engaging and Innovative Comprehensive Sexuality Education for People with Developmental Disabilities, and Those Who Support Them
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    Oct. 3, 2019 | 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

    Tell It Like It Is: Engaging and Innovative Comprehensive Sexuality Education for People with Developmental Disabilities, and Those Who Support Them

    Natalya Mason, Dallas Tetarenko, and Kristyn White

    Sexuality is an integral part of being human, and is a complex set of personal and social experiences that are not just about biology. Sexual health is a key component of overall health and well-being, and a human right. There is a pervasive idea that individuals with developmental disabilities are incapable of expressing themselves sexually, understanding desire, or fostering intimate relationships. This presentation discusses the emergence of the aforementioned attitudes, the impact it has on our communities, and introduces Tell It Like It Is, a partnership initiative between Creative Options Regina, Inclusion Saskatchewan, and Saskatoon Sexual Health, which empowers people with developmental disabilities to make informed choices about their health, sexuality, and relationships.

  • Oct. 3, 2019 | 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    Changing the Story about Alcohol
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    Oct. 3, 2019 | 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

    Changing the Story about Alcohol

    Carla Frohaug
  • Oct. 3, 2019 | 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    Primary and Secondary Prevention Strategies in Pediatric Type 2 Diabetes
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    Oct. 3, 2019 | 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

    Primary and Secondary Prevention Strategies in Pediatric Type 2 Diabetes

    Dr. Mark Inman

    Pediatric type 2 diabetes is becoming an increasingly recognized entity nationwide, moving from an almost unheard of entity 20 years ago to becoming upwards of 50% of the current pediatric diabetes burden in some provinces. In Saskatchewan (and Manitoba), a disproportionate prevalence and incidence rate for pediatric type 2 diabetes can be found, in comparison to other Canadian provinces. As pediatric type 2 diabetes, in comparison to type 1 diabetes, is associated with a higher comorbidity burden at diagnosis and a shorter time to complication development post diagnosis, there is a great need to identify primary prevention strategies, implement timely screening practices for early intervention, and refine secondary prevention strategies to arrest disease progression. The aim of this session is to bring attention to primary and secondary prevention strategies as well as practical recommendations for screening and early diagnosis.

  • Oct. 3, 2019 | 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    Saskatchewan’s TREKK Roadshow: A novel approach to dissemination critical PEM resources to rural healthcare practitioners
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    Oct. 3, 2019 | 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

    Saskatchewan’s TREKK Roadshow: A novel approach to dissemination critical PEM resources to rural healthcare practitioners

    Dr. Seyara Shwetz
  • Oct. 4, 2019 | 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
    Caught Between Two Worlds: Newcomer Youth Overcome Challenges to Embrace Life
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    Oct. 4, 2019 | 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

    Caught Between Two Worlds: Newcomer Youth Overcome Challenges to Embrace Life

    Anita Orgurlu
  • Oct. 4, 2019 | 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
    Use It or Lose It: Mobilizing Knowledge to Improve Health
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    Oct. 4, 2019 | 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

    Use It or Lose It: Mobilizing Knowledge to Improve Health

    Erin Beckwell

    Using a variety of learning strategies, this workshop will focus on fostering an understanding of the importance of knowledge exchange (KE) processes and products. By discussing KE frameworks, tools, and practice examples, participants will acquire practical skills to support them to use evidence and health information to influence policy, practice, and behaviour. To directly apply the workshop content to participants’ work or community context, each participant is asked to bring at least one practice example to work with during the session. A sample could be a resource or other product they have developed or are developing (e.g., handout, poster, infographic, curriculum, brochure), a communication or community engagement need or challenge, or data they need to use or share with community partners, families, service providers, etc. Participants will leave the workshop with concrete ideas and plans for advancing knowledge exchange in their individual practice, organization, and/or community.

  • Oct. 4, 2019 | 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
    Best Practices for Indigenous Engagement
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    Oct. 4, 2019 | 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

    Best Practices for Indigenous Engagement

    Cassandra Wajuntah
  • Oct. 4, 2019 | 10:20 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
    Closing Remarks
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    Oct. 4, 2019 | 10:20 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

    Closing Remarks

  • Oct. 4, 2019 | 10:30 a.m. – 12:00
    Keynote
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    Oct. 4, 2019 | 10:30 a.m. – 12:00

    Keynote

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    Baby's Best Start Prenatal Program
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    Baby's Best Start Prenatal Program

    Veronica Hawley and Erin Hewitt

    Abstract: The primary purpose of prenatal care is to improve and maintain the health and well-being of mothers, babies, and families. Traditional prenatal classes do not always appeal to or meet the needs of at-risk populations. Many of these families experience barriers to accessing prenatal education, care, and nutrition during their pregnancies. The overall goal of “Babies Best Start” (BBS) is to reach and support vulnerable pregnant women and families that may not have access to or may be under-served by mainstream health services. Our focus is to build on strengths within individuals in order to build confidence and capacity to grow a healthy baby and family. We utilize a holistic approach, recognizing the correlation between the multiple challenges and barriers the families of BBS experience. These barriers often include: low-income, mental health issues, cognitive impairments, low literacy level, insecure access to food, low social support, and a history of substance abuse. We practice facilitation, not instruction, and understand that basic needs should be addressed before parenting issues can be solved. We have established partnerships with other disciplines in order to provide better integration of services, referrals to other community agencies, and a client-centered circle of care. This presentation will provide the attendees with an overview of the BBS program and the opportunity to utilize and implement a similar model of care in their community. It is our hope that by sharing the successes and challenges we have encountered within our program with other health care professionals, they will return to their home communities and advocate for similar programming.

Hotels and Parking Information

HOLIDAY INN DOWNTOWN
  • 101 Pacific Ave.
    Saskatoon, SK S7K 1N8
  • 1877-654-0228
Guest rooms effective:
Check-in October 1, 2019 | Check-out October 4, 2019
Book rooms by September 2, 2019 to receive special rate.

Group name:
Prevention Matters Conference

  • $159.00 per night (KING plus sleeper sofa)
  • $159.00 per night (Two Standard Queen)

Both room types have additional tax and parking. There is a $10 charge for additional adult in the room.

HILTON GARDEN INN
  • 90- 22nd Street East
    Saskatoon, SK S7K 3X6
  • 306-244-2311
Guest rooms effective:
Check-in October 1, 2019 | Check-out October 4, 2019
Book rooms by September 1, 2019 to receive the special rate.

Group name:
Prevention Matters

Group code: #PMC213

  • $124.00 per night (plus taxes and parking)

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS
  • 315 Idylwyld North
    Saskatoon, SK S7L 0Z1
  • 306-384-8830
  • 1-877-654-0228
Guest rooms effective:
Check-in October 1, 2019 | Check-out October 4, 2019
Book rooms by September 4, 2019 to receive special rate.

Group name:
Prevention Matters Group

  • $129.00 per night (Two Queen) (plus taxes)

Free parking and breakfast.

Midtown Plaza Parkade

Parking Rate: $2.00/hr or $12.00/daily

Parking Locations:

  • North Surface Parking (Across from TCU and Hudson’s Bay)

    Entrances at 23rd St. E, 22nd St. E, and Pacific Ave.

  • South Surface Parking (By Toys R’ Us)

    Entrances at 20th St. E, and 1st Ave.

  • Underground Parking

    Access through North and South Surface Entrances

Payment Method:

  • Express Pay Stations accept credit, debit, tap and cash
  • Lot exits take credit and debit only

Downtown FlexParking

Parking Rate: $2.00/hr from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm

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Conference Agenda

Details to come.

Medical Stream

A one-day medical stream within Prevention Matters 2019 aims to address the needs of healthcare professionals in Saskatchewan, with applicable information, training, and tools to use in their practice. The medical stream sessions are open to all conference participants.

As a result of attending the Medical Stream, participants will be able to:

  • Develop clinical capacity in the prevention and early detection of common primary care medical problems in prenatal, child, and adolescent populations.
  • Identify strategies that can be utilized to engage patients and families in prevention practices to improve child health.
  • Understand the complexities of the interaction of social determinants of health upon healthcare outcomes and utilize evidence-based tool(s) to better assess and address social determinants of health in children and their families.
  • Recognize the contribution of knowledge exchange (KE) in strengthening healthcare practice and improving child health in Saskatchewan (examples of KE in healthcare include: evidence-informed medicine, cultural sensitivity and humility, listening to the patient voice, trauma-informed practice, and many more).

Please note: We are in the process of applying for Continuing Medical Education (CME) accreditation for the Medical Stream of this conference.

THEME 1:

Role of Prevention in Health

Working upstream to benefit the health and well-being of children

THEME 2:

Knowledge Exchange for Healthy Families and Communities

Sharing knowledge in multiple directions and ways

Community-based professionals, service providers, and healthcare providers who work with children, families, and communities

Connecting and Collaborating to:

Identify and strengthen attendees’ role in prevention to achieve the best health possible for children in Saskatchewan

Highlight ways Saskatchewan healthcare and service providers are currently participating in knowledge exchange

Identify future opportunities for attendees to apply and benefit from knowledge exchange in their work

PURPOSE: Prevention Matters 2019 will focus on building connections and collaborations across disciplines and across the province, to learn from one another to address healthy child development and well-being. The conference will highlight the role of prevention in health and how knowledge exchange (sharing knowledge in multiple directions and ways) is the foundation to addressing needs and improving health.

THEME 1:

Role of Prevention in Health

Prevention Matters aims to help healthcare and service providers identify and strengthen their role in prevention to achieve the best health possible for children in Saskatchewan.

THEME 2:

Knowledge Exchange for Healthy Families and Communities

Prevention Matters aims to highlight ways Saskatchewan healthcare and service providers are currently participating in knowledge exchange and to help attendees identify future opportunities to apply and benefit from knowledge exchange in their work.

The conference will benefit community-based professionals, service providers, and healthcare providers who work with children, families, and communities. This includes Support Workers, Home Visitors, Maternal Child Health Workers, Parent Mentors, Social Workers, Educators, Early Childcare Workers, Mental Health and Addictions Counselors, Youth Workers, Adult Allies, Nurses (Public Health, Primary Care, and Practitioner), Midwives, Family Physicians, Pediatricians, Obstetricians, Medical Health Officers, and others.

  • Medical Stream

A one-day medical stream within Prevention Matters 2019 aims to address the needs of healthcare professionals, with applicable information, training, and tools to use in their practice. The medical stream will be on October 3, 2019. This stream and all of its sessions will be open to all conference attendees.

Registration

The deadline to register for Prevention Matters 2019 is September 18, 2019.

  • April 1 – June 30, 2019
  • $400
  • Early Bird Registration
  • July 1 – Sept. 18, 2019
  • $425
  • Regular Registration
  • Ends Sept. 18, 2019
  • $225
  • One Day Medical Stream

Student pricing is available. Please call 306-651-4300 for more information.

Speakers

  • Everyone
  • Concurrent Speakers
  • Keynote Speakers
  • Medical Stream Speakers
  • Gina Alexander
    Oct. 3, 2019 | 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    Presentation/Workshop Title:

    A Community Safety and Well-Being Framework for Saskatchewan


    Gina Alexander is the Executive Director of Community Safety and Well-Being, Integrated Justice Services, serving both the Ministries of Justice and Attorney General and Corrections and Policing. Her responsibilities cover province-wide programs and initiatives including Victims Services, Restorative Justice Programs, Interpersonal Violence and Abuse, Hub Tables, and the Northern Alcohol Strategy. Prior to this current assignment, she was the Executive Assistant to the Deputy Minister to the Premier of Saskatchewan where she was responsible for the co-ordination and implementation of various meetings, committees, and government-wide initiatives. Between 2007 and 2015, Gina was responsible for the delivery of province-wide programs including court annexed civil and family mediation, fee for service mediation, facilitation, and training. Gina’s extensive mediation and facilitation experience includes high conflict family mediation, civil mediation, and organizational and multi-party facilitation. She has provided mediation, conflict resolution, and leadership training to thousands of participants.

  • Jill Bally
    Oct. 3, 2019 | 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    Presentation/Workshop Title:

    Seeking to Improve Outcomes for Adolescents of Diverse Ethnicities Living with Undiagnosed Prediabetes and Type 2 Diabetes in Saskatchewan


    Jill Bally, RN, PhD is a registered nurse and has practiced in pediatrics for the past 22 years. Dr. Bally is an Associate Professor in the College of Nursing, University of Saskatchewan. Her doctoral studies focused on pediatric oncology and family-centered nursing care. Currently, Jill continues to develop her program of research related to the health and wellness of children and families who are affected by childhood illnesses.

  • Erin Beckwell
    (Keynote Session)
    Oct. 2, 2019 | 3:00 –p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

    Knowledge Exchange for Healthy Families & Communities - An Interactive Event


    (Medical Stream Session)
    Oct. 3, 2019 | 8:45 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

    Mobilizing Knowledge for More Accessible and Effective Patient Care


    (Concurrent Session)
    Oct. 4, 2019 | 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

    Use It or Lose It: Mobilizing Knowledge to Improve Health


    Erin is a social worker who has spent her career working in the areas of health, education, and community development. In her current role as Knowledge Translation Specialist with the Saskatchewan Health Authority, Erin’s work focuses on mobilizing knowledge to support the health system to achieve health equity and provide culturally safe care for all.

    Originally from Treaty 4 Territory in Southwest Saskatchewan, she has called Treaty 6 Territory & Homeland of the Métis (Saskatoon, SK) home for over 20 years.

  • Audrey Boyer
    Oct. 3, 2019 | 8:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
    Presentation/Workshop Title:

    Standardizing Prenatal Education


    Audrey Boyer has been practicing as a Public Health Nutritionist in northern Saskatchewan for 14 years. She came to La Ronge to join the Population Health Unit after completing her undergraduate degree at the University of Manitoba and internship in Winnipeg, The Pas, and Flin Flon. Audrey has a passion for healthy prenatal and early childhood development, healthy public policies, changing environments to promote healthy choices and empowering people to make their own choices. She chairs the Healthy Eating Team of the Northern Healthy Communities Partnership, has taught the first year nutrition course to northern pre-professional students through the University of Regina, and is involved in various groups that strive to promote health in the north and across Saskatchewan. Audrey is president of the Skating Club and teaches community fitness classes in La Ronge. She is lucky to live near the lake and gets to enjoy kayaking, boating, walking in the bush and on winter trails with dogs, cross country skiing, and visiting at her friend Janet’s cabin, all with her husband and their three fun loving kids.

  • Dr. Mahli Brindamour
    Oct. 3, 2019 | 8:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
    (Concurrent Session)

    Caring for Women* Who Use Substances in Pregnancy and Their Infants: Recognizing the Structural and Socioeconomic Factors That Impact Women* and Families and Interventions to Improve Mother-Infant Outcomes


    Oct. 3, 2019 | 1:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
    (Keynote Panel)

    Food Insecurity: Multiple Perspectives to Understand the Issue


    Mahli Brindamour provide care to mothers and infants cared for at Sanctum 1.5 prenatal and postnatal home or women at risk of HIV exposure in pregnancy, HIV positive or at risk of child apprehension. Sanctum 1.5 is leading innovative practice by ensuring trauma informed care for women before their infants is born and then continuity of mother-infant care after delivery. Infants are discharged from the hospital in the care of their mothers with supervision from staff. Sanctum 1.5 also provides monitoring for neonatal abstinence syndrome and is piloting assessment and treatment of NAS in a community setting with pediatric oversight which is a novel approach not yet developed elsewhere.

  • Carol Bullin
    Oct. 3, 2019 | 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    Presentation/Workshop Title:

    Seeking to Improve Outcomes for Adolescents of Diverse Ethnicities Living with Undiagnosed Prediabetes and Type 2 Diabetes in Saskatchewan


    Carol Bullin, RN, PhD is a registered nurse for over 35 years and has practiced in a variety of clinical settings including critical care, operating room, and kidney disease/peritoneal dialysis. Dr. Bullin is an Assistant Professor in the College of Nursing at the University of Saskatchewan. Dr. Bullin’s program of research focuses on chronic kidney disease self-management and health promotion of Indigenous peoples in rural and remote populations.

  • Dr. Amanda Froehlich Chow
    Oct. 3, 2019 | 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    Presentation/Workshop Title:

    Healthy Start/Départ Santé for Families (HSFF): A Collaborative, Multi-stakeholders Initiative to Support Families in Making Healthy Changes


    Dr. Amanda Froehlich Chow is a Métis postdoctoral researcher in the Canadian Centre for Health and Safety in Agriculture (CCHSA). She has a background in kinesiology, health promotion interventions, and public and population health studies. Her research focuses on primary health care and preventative interventions to promote the health of community, particularly among more vulnerable populations (Indigenous peoples, young children, and older adults). She has extensive experience collaborating with rural populations to develop, implement, and evaluate community-based health promotion interventions and she is a co-investigator on a number of grants funding research aimed at applying a community participatory approach to investigate the health needs of community. Dr. Froehlich Chow is passionate about collaborating with communities during each phase of the research process; as such she has expertise in employing mixed methods to evaluate program impact in a way that is meaningful for community partners.

  • Barbara Compton
    Oct. 3, 2019 | 8:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
    Presentation/Workshop Title:

    The Community Safety Education Strategy: Sustaining a Path to Cultural Transformation


    Barbara Compton, recently superannuated from a successful 36-year career in public education where she was a teacher, vice principal, principal, and Superintendent. She has been involved in education at the provincial and local levels serving on numerous committees to address the needs of Saskatchewan schools. Barbara presently works with Safe Saskatchewan as the Community Safety Education Strategy (CSES) Coordinator. Her role is to inform, involve, and engage provincial partners to actualize the CSES in Saskatchewan school divisions.

  • Liza Dahl
    Oct. 3, 2019 | 8:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
    Presentation/Workshop Title:

    TTYL: Helping Youth Put the WE in Wellness


    Liza Dahl is an Addictions Educator for the Sun West School Division. She was born and raised in Davidson. Liza pursued education at the University of Lethbridge, obtaining a Bachelor in Health Science Counselling. Liza has worked with the Sun West School Division as the Addictions Educator since 2006. She has developed and offered a variety of prevention programs throughout the Division. These programs cover a variety of topics, mental health, addictions, risk-taking behaviour, health choices, brain development, and many more. Liza is living in Davidson with her husband, raising their three children. When she is not working with the school kids, Liza is very involved in coaching, mentoring, church, and cheering her own kids on.

  • Dr. Marta Erlandson
    Date: TBA | Time: TBA
    Presentation/Workshop Title:

    Physical literacy enriched communities: Baseline results of a home, school, and community approach to improving physical literacy


    Dr. Marta Erlandson is an Assistant Professor in the College of Kinesiology at the University of Saskatchewan. Her research program covers growth and development and musculoskeletal health across the life span. Dr. Erlandson is funded by the Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation and is a national expert on the influence of physical activity on musculoskeletal development and the effect of physical activity on children’s growth and maturation. She is seasoned in the implementation of physical activity interventions for both healthy and clinical populations.

  • Dr. Kali Gartner
    Oct. 3, 2019 | 8:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
    Presentation/Workshop Title:

    Caring for Women* Who Use Substances in Pregnancy and Their Infants: Recognizing the Structural and Socioeconomic Factors That Impact Women* and Families and Interventions to Improve Mother-Infant Outcomes


    Kali Gartner provide primary care and prenatal care to women and their infants at the Westside Community Clinic. Some women who access care at Westside Community Clinic are impacted by effects of colonization, intergenerational trauma, and poverty. Integrated prenatal, medical, obstrical, mental health, and addiction care is provided at the Westside Community Clinic in partnership with community organizations, Saskatchewan Health Authority, visiting medical specialists, and a holistic interdisciplinary team.

  • Brooke Graham
    Oct. 2, 2019 | 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
    Presentation/Workshop Title:

    The Role of Doulas in Healthcare


    Brooke Graham is the Prenatal Outreach Coordinator for the non-profit organization, KidsFirst North. She completed training as a labour doula with DONA International in 2010 and is a certified childbirth educator through Douglas College. Brooke is involved with several initiatives that promote prenatal education and support for women and families in northern Saskatchewan.

  • Jhalene Groth
    Oct. 3, 2019 | 8:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
    Presentation/Workshop Title:

    TTYL: Helping Youth Put the WE in Wellness


    Jhalene Groth is the Addictions Counsellor with Saskatchewan Health Authority that is based out of Unity and covers the surrounding communities of Kerrobert and Macklin. Jhalene has been working in this position for the past 13 years and previously worked in the Swift Current office for four years in the same position. Jhalene works with both youth and adults and enjoys the prevention focus when working with youth. Jhalene has been involved in various community groups in her career that have worked to provide numerous services within each community. In her spare time, she is busy with her two young children and their activities.

  • Dr. Jasmine Hasselback
    Oct. 3, 2019 | 8:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
    Presentation/Workshop Title:

    Improving the Child Health Clinic Experience


    Dr. Jasmine Hasselback is a Public Health Physician and Medical Health Officer for the Saskatchewan Health Authority in Saskatoon. Her work is focused on preventing chronic disease and injury, and in promoting health and well-being. Part of that work includes intervening early in life and working to prevent adverse childhood experiences and helping to build child resiliency. Her work often includes partnerships with many non-healthcare related programs, services, and organizations because she knows that although her job is to keep people from getting sick, the healthcare system holds very few of the levers to make that happen.

  • Veronica Hawley
    Date: TBA | Time: TBA
    Presentation/Workshop Title:

    Baby's Best Start Prenatal Program


    Veronica Hawley is a Public Health Nurse working for the Saskatchewan Health Authority in Moose Jaw and is one of the facilitators of the Babies Best Start Prenatal Program. Veronica is a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan Nursing Education Program and has worked in the area of Public Health Nursing for the past 15 years. She has had the opportunity to work for Public Health in Northern British Columbia and in both rural and urban settings in the province of Saskatchewan. Her role as a public health nurse has varied over the years, but she has always had a passion for family health and enjoys working with young mothers and at-risk families. Veronica loves spending all of her extra time with her husband, family, friends, and with her two school-aged children, Logan and Olivia.

  • Erin Hewitt
    Date: TBA | Time: TBA
    Presentation/Workshop Title:

    Baby's Best Start Prenatal Program


    Erin Hewitt is a Public Health Nurse working for the Saskatchewan Health Authority in Moose Jaw and is one of the facilitators of the Babies Best Start Prenatal Program. Erin is a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan Nursing Education Program and has been nursing for over 15 years. Her nursing career began in acute care, working in the field of pediatrics and infection control. She was given the opportunity to work in Public Health Nursing and has found this to be her passion. She is a caring and empathetic nurse who feels that holistic and family-centered care is the best way to provide optimal care for her clients. Erin is a busy wife and mom of two children. In her spare time, she likes to read and walk her two energetic dogs.

  • Natalie Houser
    Date: TBA | Time: TBA
    Presentation/Workshop Title:

    Physical literacy enriched communities: Baseline results of a home, school, and community approach to improving physical literacy


    Natalie Houser is a PhD Candidate in the College of Kinesiology at the University of Saskatchewan. Natalie is a community-based researcher with her research currently focused on the development of physical literacy in school-aged children through multi-environmental approaches. Her PhD research is also exploring how aspects of children’s’ growth and maturation influences their physical literacy.

  • Dr. Louise Humbert
    (Concurrent Sessions)
    Oct. 3, 2019 | 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    Presentation/Workshop Title:

    Healthy Start/Départ Santé for Families (HSFF): A Collaborative, Multi-stakeholders Initiative to Support Families in Making Healthy Changes


    Date: TBA | Time: TBA
    Presentation/Workshop Title:

    Physical literacy enriched communities: Baseline results of a home, school, and community approach to improving physical literacy


    Dr. Louise Humbert is a professor in the College of Kinesiology at the University of Saskatchewan. She is a community-based researcher with over 20 years’ experience working in community settings. A founding member of Saskatoon and Saskatchewan in motion, Louise has experience listening to the needs of community members and working with them to develop initiatives that reflect their needs and realities. She is currently involved in two large projects assessing the impact of interventions on the development of physical literacy in school-aged children. Louise is also very interested in the thoughts and experiences of parents and educators and she works to ensure their voices are heard in all aspects of program development, implementation, and evaluation. Louise is currently the Chair of the Board of Directors of Active Saskatchewan.

  • Dr. Mark Inman
    Oct. 3, 2019 | 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    Presentation/Workshop Title:

    Primary and Secondary Prevention Strategies in Pediatric Type 2 Diabetes


    Dr. Mark Inman is a Pediatric Endocrinologist affiliated with the University of Saskatchewan College of Medicine and works with the LiveWell Pediatric Diabetes Program at Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon. His clinical work involves both type 1 and type 2 diabetes as well as an array of pediatric endocrine disorders.

  • Dawn Kellington
    Oct. 2, 2019 | 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
    Presentation/Workshop Title:

    Hear our Voices: A Conversation about Youth, Mental Health, & Creative Expression


    Dawn Kellington is the coordinator of the Survivor 101 program offered through CFS Saskatoon. The Survivor 101 program offers in-school support groups for youth experiencing mental health challenges and or violence as well as community engagement projects featuring youth voice. Dawn has edited two publications featuring the stories of youth; Day by Day: A Handbook for Teens and Hand in Hand: A Guidebook for Adults. In these publications, through written and visual art, youth share their experiences of mental health and/or violence and use their stories to encourage, influence, and impact other youth, health professionals, and community leaders. The Survivor 101 program aims to create safe spaces in which youth can learn, connect, and be empowered. Two youth advocates who contributed to the publications will be co-presenting.

  • Sylvie Larwood
    Oct. 3, 2019 | 8:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
    Presentation/Workshop Title:

    TTYL: Helping Youth Put the WE in Wellness


    Sylvie Larwood is an Addictions Counsellor with the Saskatchewan Health Authority based out of Outlook and provides services to the surrounding communities. She provides one-to-one counselling, education, and prevention to both adults and youth within their communities. Sylvie is involved with youth initiatives throughout west central Saskatchewan. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family.

  • Dr. Noni Macdonald
    Oct. 3, 2019 | 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
    Presentation/Workshop Title:

    Optimizing Vaccine Uptake – Addressing Vaccine Hesitancy


    Dr. Noni MacDonald is a Professor of Paediatrics (Infectious Diseases) at Dalhousie University and the IWK Health Centre in Halifax Canada. She is a former Dean of Medicine at Dalhousie University and was the first woman in Canada to be a Dean of Medicine. Her two current major areas of interest involve global health. The first is Vaccines including vaccine safety, hesitancy, demand, pain mitigation, education and policy, especially through her work with the World Health Organization (WHO). She has been a member of SAGE (the Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on immunization for WHO) since 2017. This committee provides advice to WHO on all aspects of vaccinology. She also chairs the WHO Decade of Vaccine assessment committee that has been charged with reviewing the progress (or not) on the Global Vaccine Action Plan (GVAP) goals as a precursor for development of the next Decade of vaccines plan. The second area is MicroResearch, building capacity in community focused research in developing countries and now also in Canada (www.microresearch-international.ca) to help interdisciplinary health professionals find local solutions for community health problems that fit the context, culture, and resources. She is a Founder and Co-Director of the Centre for MicroResearch International.

    Dr. MacDonald has published over 400 papers; was the founding Editor-in-Chief of Paediatrics & Child Health for over 20 years, and a former Editor-in-Chief of CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). She is the Editor for Child Health for new Oxford University Press publication Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Global Public Health. Dr. MacDonald has long been recognized in Canada and internationally, as an advocate for child and youth health and as a leader in paediatric infectious disease and global health.

  • Della Magnusson
    Oct. 3, 2019 | 8:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
    Presentation/Workshop Title:

    Caring for Women* Who Use Substances in Pregnancy and Their Infants: Recognizing the Structural and Socioeconomic Factors That Impact Women* and Families and Interventions to Improve Mother-Infant Outcomes


    Della Magnusson provide primary care and prenatal care to women and their infants at the Westside Community Clinic. Some women who access care at Westside Community Clinic are impacted by effects of colonization, intergenerational trauma, and poverty. Integrated prenatal, medical, obstrical, mental health, and addiction care is provided at the Westside Community Clinic in partnership with community organizations, Saskatchewan Health Authority, visiting medical specialists, and a holistic interdisciplinary team.

    Della Magnusson provide care to mothers and infants cared for at Sanctum 1.5 prenatal and postnatal home or women at risk of HIV exposure in pregnancy, HIV positive or at risk of child apprehension. Sanctum 1.5 is leading innovative practice by ensuring trauma informed care for women before their infants is born and then continuity of mother-infant care after delivery. Infants are discharged from the hospital in the care of their mothers with supervision from staff. Sanctum 1.5 also provides monitoring for neonatal abstinence syndrome and is piloting assessment and treatment of NAS in a community setting with pediatric oversight which is a novel approach not yet developed elsewhere.

  • Natalya Mason
    Oct. 3, 2019 | 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    Presentation/Workshop Title:

    Tell It Like It Is: Engaging and Innovative Comprehensive Sexuality Education for People with Developmental Disabilities, and Those Who Support Them


    Natalya Mason is a sexual health educator and a social worker who was born and raised in Saskatoon. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Saskatchewan, a BSW from the University of Regina, and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Sexual Health from the University of Alberta. She is currently completing a M.A. in Women’s, Gender, and Sexualities Studies at the U of S, where her graduate work focuses on social and emotional barriers to condom use for adolescent girls. Natalya has been the Education/Outreach Coordinator at Saskatoon Sexual Health for five years. In that time, she has taught in communities across the province, been involved in numerous projects nationally, and amassed a collection of twelve wooden penises. She is a big believer in community, and as such is proud to be a lifelong member of the Girl Guides of Canada, and to sit on the Board of Directors with OUTSaskatoon.

  • Erick McNair
    Oct. 3, 2019 | 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    Presentation/Workshop Title:

    Seeking to Improve Outcomes for Adolescents of Diverse Ethnicities Living with Undiagnosed Prediabetes and Type 2 Diabetes in Saskatchewan


    Erick McNair, PhD is a faculty member of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and an Associate Member of the Department of Surgery, Division of Cardiac Surgery. Dr. McNair’s background is in cardiac pathology and clinical perfusion during cardiac surgery. He is involved in teaching, research, and scholarly activities. Dr. McNair’s research focus is on the identification of biochemical markers of organ injury (heart, kidney, and brain), prevention of diabetes in youth, and platelet function testing.

  • Gord Moker
    Oct. 3, 2019 | 8:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
    Presentation/Workshop Title:

    The Community Safety Education Strategy: Sustaining a Path to Cultural Transformation


    Gord Moker, Chief Executive Officer of Safe Saskatchewan, was born and raised in Wakaw, Saskatchewan, and demonstrates daily passion and commitment to moving the vision of an injury-free Saskatchewan forward. Gord is extremely familiar with the injury prevention world, having worked for the Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) for 15 years. Today, Gord continues to aid in the steady forward movement of Mission: Zero, towards transforming our provincial culture and positioning injury prevention as a core value.

  • Dr. Marcella Ogenchuk
    Oct. 2, 2019 | 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
    Presentation/Workshop Title:

    Exploring Pediatric Oral Health in and With One Indigenous Community


    Dr. Marcella Ogenchuk is a registered nurse and faculty member in the University of Saskatchewan’s College of Nursing. Dr. Ogenchuk has extensive pediatric nursing experience in acute and community settings and as a nurse leader in oral health in children. Dr. Ogenchuk brings her expertise in developing pathways of care for elementary students requiring urgent oral health care in an urban center using a multidisciplinary approach and facilitating school oral health preventative strategies.

  • Dr. Cassie Pancyr
    Oct. 3, 2019 | 8:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
    Presentation/Workshop Title:

    Caring for Women* Who Use Substances in Pregnancy and Their Infants: Recognizing the Structural and Socioeconomic Factors That Impact Women* and Families and Interventions to Improve Mother-Infant Outcomes


    Dr. Cassie Pancyr provide primary care and prenatal care to women and their infants at the Westside Community Clinic. Some women who access care at Westside Community Clinic are impacted by effects of colonization, intergenerational trauma, and poverty. Integrated prenatal, medical, obstrical, mental health, and addiction care is provided at the Westside Community Clinic in partnership with community organizations, Saskatchewan Health Authority, visiting medical specialists, and a holistic interdisciplinary team.

  • Kavitha Ramachandran
    Oct. 3, 2019 | 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    Presentation/Workshop Title:

    Healthy Start/Départ Santé for Families (HSFF): A Collaborative, Multi-stakeholders Initiative to Support Families in Making Healthy Changes


    Kavitha Ramachandran is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Community Health and Epidemiology at the University of Saskatchewan, specializing in Community and Population Health Sciences. She joined the Healthy Start research team in September 2013 and works as a Family Engagement Program Coordinator. Kavitha worked as a Nutrition Research Coordinator for the College of Pharmacy and Nutrition prior to her enrolment in the PhD program. Her areas of interest in research include collaborative and community-based participatory research: to promote health and wellness for children and families, Indigenous and under-served communities, newcomers, refugees and diverse populations. She developed family engagement initiative after community consultations which is currently being pilot tested in urban and rural Saskatchewan. It is a home-based/visiting health promotion intervention to encourage healthy eating, physical activity, and positive conversation among young children and families. Kavitha is an internationally trained dietitian and has master’s degrees in Nutrition and Dietetics.

  • Dr. Seyara Shwetz
    Oct. 3, 2019 | 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    Presentation/Workshop Title:

    Saskatchewan’s TREKK Roadshow: A novel approach to dissemination critical PEM resources to rural healthcare practitioners


    Dr. Seyara Shwetz

  • Dr. Keith Da Silva
    Oct. 2, 2019 | 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
    Presentation/Workshop Title:

    Oral Health, General Health, and Overall Well-being – Why Prevention Matters


    Dr. Keith Da Silva is an assistant professor at the College of Dentistry, University of Saskatchewan; a Fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada; and a dual specialist in pediatric dentistry and dental public health. He currently serves on the Board of Directors at the Canadian Association in Public Health Dentistry. As a clinician, he has worked in private practice, community clinics, and hospital settings. As a researcher, his main focus is improving access to oral health care through community-based interventions and upstream policy solutions.

  • Shelley Spurr
    Oct. 3, 2019 | 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    Presentation/Workshop Title:

    Seeking to Improve Outcomes for Adolescents of Diverse Ethnicities Living with Undiagnosed Prediabetes and Type 2 Diabetes in Saskatchewan


    Shelley Spurr, PhD is a Registered Nurse (RN) and has over 20 years of pediatric nursing experience in a variety of areas including acute care, public health, and home care. Dr. Spurr is now working as an Associate Professor in the College of Nursing at the University of Saskatchewan. Dr. Spurr’s research focuses on developing prevention strategies and innovative approaches to screen for risk and complications of diabetes. Currently, Dr. Spurr is conducting an investigation that will generate insight into adolescents’ and parents’ experiences of prediabetes and type 2 diabetes and identify possibilities for community-based health promotion interventions.

  • Crystal Storey
    Oct. 3, 2019 | 8:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
    Presentation/Workshop Title:

    TTYL: Helping Youth Put the WE in Wellness


    Crystal Storey is a Population Health Promotion Coordinator with the Saskatchewan Health Authority based out of Rosetown and works throughout west central Saskatchewan. She is involved in diverse initiatives whose purposes are to help people thrive at whatever stage of life they are in. Youth-focused ones are of particular interest to her, both in her professional and volunteer work. Crystal can often be found in her “free time” at the local youth centre or spending time with her nieces and nephews.

  • Dr. Hortense Nsoh Tabien
    Oct. 3, 2019 | 8:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
    Presentation/Workshop Title:

    Improving the Child Health Clinic Experience


    Dr. Hortense Nsoh Tabien obtained her Medical degree at the University of Milan, Italy and holds a PhD degree in Anatomy and Cell Biology from the University of Saskatchewan. She completed her residency/fellowship training in Public Health and Preventive Medicine (PHPM) at the University of Saskatchewan. Dr. Tabien is currently working as Medical Health Officer for the SHA, Saskatoon area covering the portfolio for Immunization and Travel Health. Her professional interest involves vulnerable groups including immigrant and refugee health, women health, and physician health. She is a mother of adorable twin boys, whom she describes as “her sunshine” and who give her the drive to do all. Dr. Tabien enjoys reading science fiction novels and learning new hobbies. She like sports and enjoys jogging, football (soccer), and dancing.

  • Dr. Valerie Tarasuk
    Oct. 3, 2019 | 1:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
    Presentation/Workshop Title:

    Food Insecurity in Canada: The Case for Evidence-Based Policy


    Valerie Tarasuk is a Professor in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Toronto, where she has been on faculty since 1994. The primary focus of her research is household food insecurity. She has led several tri-council research grants to elucidate the scope, nature, and health implications of this problem in Canada, assess the effectiveness of community responses, and determine how public policies and programs impact food insecurity prevalence and severity. In 2011, she led the establishment of PROOF, an interdisciplinary research program designed to identify effective policy approaches to reduce household food insecurity in Canada. In 2018, she received an honorary doctorate from Queen’s University in recognition of her work.

  • Dallas Tetarenko
    Oct. 3, 2019 | 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    Presentation/Workshop Title:

    Tell It Like It Is: Engaging and Innovative Comprehensive Sexuality Education for People with Developmental Disabilities, and Those Who Support Them


    Dallas Tetarenko is a Community Inclusion Consultant for the Saskatchewan Association for Community Living. He has worked within the disability support sector for 10 years. Dallas pursues a variety of artistic endeavours, including ceramics, painting, sculpting, furniture design and fabrication, and drawing. He hosts his own radio program that features music from film, theatre, and television, which is currently finishing its sixth year of production.

  • Cassandra Wajuntah
    Oct. 3, 2019 | 1:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
    Presentation/Workshop Title:
    (Keynote Panel)

    Food Insecurity: Multiple Perspectives to Understand the Issue


    Cassandra is from Canoe Lake Cree First Nation and was raised in Meadow Lake in Northern Saskatchewan. She graduated at the top of her class in 2009 from the University of Regina with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism (BAJ) and a Certificate in Indigenous Communication Arts (INCA). In 2012, she finished her Master's of Public Administration (MPA) where she focused on Indigenous post-secondary education funding. As a PhD candidate in public policy, she was the recipient of a CIHR Doctoral Research Award ($108,000) for her dissertation entitled The Indian Solution to the Policy Problem: Developing an Indigenous Policymaking Model to Address First Nations Health Disparities. She is currently working with Indigenous health organizations in Saskatchewan and Hawai’i to examine how self-determined Indigenous health policymaking models are more effective at improving the health of Indigenous people than Western colonial models. She was most recently a Visiting Scholar at the U of Hawai’i's John A. Burns School of Medicine in the Department of Native Hawaiian Health while she worked with her community partners throughout the Hawaiian Islands..

    Cassandra served in various roles at the Indigenous Peoples’ Health Research Centre (IPHRC) from 2010-16 under the late Dr. Jo-Ann Episkenew, whom she credits as a pivotal mentor, friend and influence in her work. During her time at IPHRC, Cassandra assisted Dr. Episkenew with the creation of the Indigenous Research and Engagement Platform (IREP) for the Saskatchewan Centre of Patient-Oriented Research (SCPOR) and the transition of IPHRC to the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy. She currently resides in Regina, SK with her husband Justin, a member of Standing Buffalo Dakota First Nation, their 6 dogs and their 3 wild toddlers.

  • Kristyn White
    Oct. 3, 2019 | 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    Presentation/Workshop Title:

    Tell It Like It Is: Engaging and Innovative Comprehensive Sexuality Education for People with Developmental Disabilities, and Those Who Support Them


    Kristyn White is a Personal Support Worker and Team Leader at Creative Options Regina (COR). Kristyn has been with COR for four years, and has been involved within the disability sector for eight years. She completed her Bachelor of Sport and Reaction Studies majoring in Therapeutic Recreation in 2016 from the University of Regina, and completed her field work practicum at Inclusion Regina. Kristyn is planning to start working on her MSc this fall, and would like to focus her graduate research on sexual health and education for those experiencing disability. Kristyn is passionate about empowering individuals experiencing disability, and encouraging people to make their own decisions regarding their bodies, their lives, and their own experiences. Kristyn is dedicated to educating others on Gentle Teaching, person-centered thinking, and creating meaningful relationships within disability support work.

Abstracts

  • Everyone
  • Concurrent Sessions
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  • Medical Stream Sessions
  • Oct. 2, 2019 | 10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
    Welcome
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    Oct. 2, 2019 | 10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

    Welcome

  • Oct. 2, 2019 | 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    Keynote - FrameWorks Institute
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    Oct. 2, 2019 | 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

    Keynote - FrameWorks Institute

  • Oct. 2, 2019 | 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
    Patient Oriented Research to Promote Culturally Safe Births for Indigenous Mothers in Saskatchewan
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    Oct. 2, 2019 | 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

    Patient Oriented Research to Promote Culturally Safe Births for Indigenous Mothers in Saskatchewan

    Angela Bowen
  • Oct. 2, 2019 | 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
    The Role of Doulas in Healthcare
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    Oct. 2, 2019 | 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

    The Role of Doulas in Healthcare

    Brooke Graham

    Research shows that one of the most effective tools to improve labour and delivery outcomes is the continuous presence of support personnel, such as a doula. But what is a doula? Evidence shows doulas can be a valuable addition to the birth team when working with a family physician, registered midwife, or obstetrician. What are the strengths that doulas bring to the team and what are their professional boundaries and limitations? This presentation will outline the professional role of doulas on a care team and describe how they have come to be a part of the birth experiences in La Ronge.

  • Oct. 2, 2019 | 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
    Youth Who Thrive
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    Oct. 2, 2019 | 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

    Youth Who Thrive

    Dave Shanks
  • Oct. 2, 2019 | 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
    Hear our Voices: A Conversation about Youth, Mental Health, & Creative Expression
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    Oct. 2, 2019 | 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

    Hear our Voices: A Conversation about Youth, Mental Health, & Creative Expression

    Dawn Kellington

    There is an important conversation that is happening and needs to continue to happen regarding mental health challenges and forms of violence experienced by youth. Youth who have experienced and are experiencing mental health challenges and/or forms of violence have an essential voice in this conversation. The stories of youth with lived experience can be shared in a powerful way through visual and written art. Through these creative avenues, young people can process their experiences, find meaning in their experiences, and share their experiences with others offering solidarity, hope, and inspiration. Youth advocates involved with the Survivor 101 Youth voice projects are high school students who have felt empowered to share their stories and experiences through youth compiled publications; Day by Day: A Handbook for Teens and Hand in Hand: A Guidebook for Adults. Through this process they have found strength, healing, and growth. Their stories are powerful tools to share with other youth, health professionals, and community leaders to affect change. The role of storytelling through creative expression can be a powerful intervention for youth who are experiencing mental health challenges and/or forms of violence. The process of telling one’s story can also be a platform for a young person to gain the skills needed to become a leader and advocate. These stories are also a valuable learning tool and provide insight for service providers, family members, and community leaders. Decisions and conversations about youth mental health and violence need to include these stories of youth who have and are experiencing mental health challenges and/or violence.

  • Oct. 2, 2019 | 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
    Exploring Pediatric Oral Health in and With One Indigenous Community
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    Oct. 2, 2019 | 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

    Exploring Pediatric Oral Health in and With One Indigenous Community

    Dr. Marcella Ogenchuk

    Purpose: Dental caries is the most common chronic childhood disease in Canada. Early childhood caries can have serious consequences for the well-being of children. The objective of this study was to explore and identify the strengths and barriers related to oral health services with an Indigenous community in Saskatchewan. Methods: A mixed-methods study, aligned with Chapter 9 of the Tri-Council Policy Statement, utilizing community-based participatory research. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with Elders, healthcare providers, teachers, and parents/guardians of elementary school-aged children (n=28). The community will participate in data analysis, interpretation of the results, and will identify next steps. Results/Outcomes: The research process includes tool development with the community; to identify their strengths and opportunities for change and subsequently to generate solutions to the practical barriers; and, potentially transform the health system accessed by the communities. The outcomes include several steps including presentation of the findings and overall themes to key stakeholders, and the development of strategies with the larger community. The most commonly identified themes included: the need for resource development and process to improve oral health literacy and skills; access to supplies and healthy food; importance of family in knowledge translation, and existing community infrastructure. Conclusions: The next steps are being defined with the community, to ensure sustainability and have the potential to enhance prevention among young children. The research process is as significant as developing the findings with the community; providing for the development of authentic community engagement, focusing on strengths and capacities they have identified and thus informing sustainable policy and practice.

  • Oct. 2, 2019 | 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
    Oral Health, General Health, and Overall Well-being – Why Prevention Matters
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    Oct. 2, 2019 | 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

    Oral Health, General Health, and Overall Well-being – Why Prevention Matters

    Dr. Keith Da Silva

    Tooth decay remains the most common chronic disease of childhood and the most common cause of day surgeries in Canada. When left untreated, tooth decay can lead to infection, pain, and premature loss of teeth. Children with untreated decay can suffer from malnutrition, poor growth, and a reduced oral health related quality of life. We know that oral health is an integral component of our overall health and well-being; however, oral health care has long been separated from the general health care system and access to dental care remains a challenge. Due to the increased awareness of the common risk factors and social determinants of health, an integrated and interdisciplinary approach to oral health care is required. In this seminar, we will review the oral health – systemic health connection, as well as innovations in public health dentistry that focus on an interdisciplinary approach to prevention, and upstream policy solutions that promote healthy child development and good oral health.

  • Oct. 2, 2019 | 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    Knowledge Exchange for Healthy Families & Communities - An Interactive Event
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    Oct. 2, 2019 | 3:00 –p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

    Knowledge Exchange for Healthy Families & Communities - An Interactive Event

    Erin Beckwell
  • Oct. 3, 2019 | 8:45 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
    Mobilizing Knowledge for More Accessible and Effective Patient Care
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    Oct. 3, 2019 | 8:45 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

    Mobilizing Knowledge for More Accessible and Effective Patient Care

    Erin Beckwell

    Abstract: Using a variety of learning strategies, this workshop will focus on providing physicians with an understanding of the importance of knowledge exchange (KE) processes and products in patient care. By discussing KE principles and practice examples, participants will acquire practical skills to support them to use evidence and health information to provide more responsive, accessible, and effective health information to patients and families. To directly apply the workshop content to participants’ practice contexts, each participant is asked to bring at least one practice example to work with during the session, such as patient education material or other product used to communicate health information (poster, infographic, curriculum, brochure, etc.) in their practice, a patient communication need or challenge, or data they wish to share patients, families, or health care teams. Participants will leave the workshop with a basic understanding of KE tools and plans for applying KE principles in their practice setting.

  • Oct. 3, 2019 | 8:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
    Standardizing Prenatal Education
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    Oct. 3, 2019 | 8:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

    Standardizing Prenatal Education

    Audrey Boyer

    Northern Saskatchewan has been working towards standardizing prenatal education to promote all pregnant women receiving evidence-based information during their pregnancies, regardless of where they live. Service providers from provincial and federal organizations have been working together to create resources for all levels of providers to be used in all jurisdictions and locations across the north. The program is based on peer-reviewed information produced by the Saskatchewan Prevention Institute (Your Pregnancy Month-by-Month) and incorporates desires learned from speaking with northern women. The inter-agency team that prepared the resources rolled out in-person training across the north in various locations and continues to offer general and expanded trainings via WebEx in 2019. Collaboration and knowledge exchange are central to this work. The pre-existing collaborative model of the Northern Healthy Communities Partnership contributed to the collective and administrative means of delivering this program out across the north. The objectives of this session are to share the outputs (resources) to date, describe the process of collaborative work, and inform participants of the resources still to come.

  • Oct. 3, 2019 | 8:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
    My Saskatchewan Pregnancy – A Prenatal App
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    Oct. 3, 2019 | 8:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

    My Saskatchewan Pregnancy – A Prenatal App

    Sarah Fang
  • Oct. 3, 2019 | 8:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
    TTYL: Helping Youth Put the WE in Wellness
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    Oct. 3, 2019 | 8:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

    TTYL: Helping Youth Put the WE in Wellness

    Crystal Storey, Sylvie Larwood, Jhalene Groth, and Liza Dahl

    TTYL (Talking To Youth Live) provides factual information to grade 8 students on mental wellness, drugs, and alcohol, while developing coping skills, fostering positive relationships with local professionals, and creating personal support systems for the youth. It is a one-day event with the goal of creating a foundation for youth to recognize within themselves and those around them when they are struggling with a wellness issue, building practical resilience tools and making it easier for them to seek professional help if needed. Multiple disciplines work collaboratively to provide a broad view of life choices, consequences, and how we can all support one another. By the health and education systems working together, we have increased opportunities to support youth well past the day of the TTYL event in their normal environments. The youth are then better able to utilize and build upon their new knowledge and skills to affect the culture within their own schools and families. TTYL shows that engaging youth in a meaningful way does not need to be expensive and can be done anywhere. This is a very versatile initiative that could be used in varied settings and adapted to meet the needs of the youth and communities being served.

  • Oct. 3, 2019 | 8:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
    The Community Safety Education Strategy: Sustaining a Path to Cultural Transformation
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    Oct. 3, 2019 | 8:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

    The Community Safety Education Strategy: Sustaining a Path to Cultural Transformation

    Barbara Compton and Gord Moker

    The Community Safety Education Strategy (CSES) is a comprehensive, provincial framework that sets out a path for providing injury prevention education, resources, and supports for Saskatchewan children and youth in the K-12 education system. The CSES is aimed at school divisions and their employees, with a focus on students in all grade levels, and recognizes the importance of community and industry support, participation, and engagement. Gord Moker, CEO, and Barb Compton, CSES Coordinator, Safe Saskatchewan, will provide an overview of the CSES; its vision of an injury-free Saskatchewan where safe lifestyles influence how we live, learn, work and play; and its mission of empowering Saskatchewan youth to live injury-free.

  • Oct. 3, 2019 | 8:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
    Improving the Child Health Clinic Experience
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    Oct. 3, 2019 | 8:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

    Improving the Child Health Clinic Experience

    Dr. Jasmine Hasselback and Dr. Hortense Nsoh Tabien

    Abstract: Purpose: To improve the services provided at the Child Health Clinics attended by children and their caregivers at age 2, 4, 6, 12, 18 months, and 4 years in the Saskatoon area. Background: Public Health Clinics across the former Saskatoon Health Region offer immunization to children at ages 2, 4, 6, 12, 18 months, and 4 years. In the same visit, a Public Health Nurse will provide assessment and support around healthy growth and development of the child. Evaluation and improvement of this service was deemed timely and appropriate. Method: Value stream mapping was completed of these four types of clinic visits. The current state was challenged against providers and clients and a future state was built. From that several small changes were implemented to move in that direction. Findings: Through this process it was identified that empowering the caregiver to control the material addressed at the visit was a widespread desire. Implementation: A visual tool was developed that was piloted at a single site and continues to be used. This tool provides caregivers the opportunity to flag issues of interest for that visit.

  • Oct. 3, 2019 | 8:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
    Caring for Women* Who Use Substances in Pregnancy and Their Infants: Recognizing the Structural and Socioeconomic Factors That Impact Women* and Families and Interventions to Improve Mother-Infant Outcomes
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    Oct. 3, 2019 | 8:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

    Caring for Women* Who Use Substances in Pregnancy and Their Infants: Recognizing the Structural and Socioeconomic Factors That Impact Women* and Families and Interventions to Improve Mother-Infant Outcomes

    Dr. Kali Gartner, Della Magnusson, Dr. Cassie Pancyr, and Dr. Mahli Brindamour

    Abstract: Substance use by women in pregnancy is difficult to estimate due to stigma and judgement experienced by people who use drugs and especially people who use illegal drugs in pregnancy. The Public Health Agency of Canada identifies substance use in pregnancy (e.g. alcohol, tobacco, opioids, stimulants) as a concern that impacts people across all socioeconomic demographics. However, the co-occurence of substance use, poverty, racism and violence often has devastating impacts for women, their infants, and families. Women who use substances in pregnancy may fear accessing medical and social services due to past experiences of violence, stigma and especially the fear of child apprehension due to disclosure of their substance use. This can lead to avoidance of medical and prenatal care and delay access to Addiction and Mental Health Services. The literature suggests that harm reduction, patient and family centred, low barrier, and holistic services are required to meet the socioeconomic needs of women. These services can be integrated with prenatal care in a primary care setting. This presentation will aim to describe the structural and socioeconomic factors that impact many women with substance use in pregnancy. We will describe best practice guidelines and Canadian examples for care for women in the prenatal period and mother-infant-families in the postpartum period and beyond. We will describe the evidence for mother-infant dyad care in hospital including the evidence for the “Eat, Sleep, Console” approach to monitoring neonatal opioid withdrawal in hospital. Saskatchewan has led the way in developing innovative, trauma informed programming to support mother-infant togetherness for women impacted by substance use and trauma in pregnancy. The Sanctum 1.5 model of mother-infant care will be described including some early data describing the impact of this new made in Saskatchewan approach to caring for families.

  • Oct. 3, 2019 | 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    Seeking to Improve Outcomes for Adolescents of Diverse Ethnicities Living with Undiagnosed Prediabetes and Type 2 Diabetes in Saskatchewan
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    Oct. 3, 2019 | 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

    Seeking to Improve Outcomes for Adolescents of Diverse Ethnicities Living with Undiagnosed Prediabetes and Type 2 Diabetes in Saskatchewan

    Shelley Spurr, Jill Bally, Carol Bullin, and Erick McNair

    Background: In Canada, the incidence of type 2 diabetes (T2D) in children and adolescents is increasing, and furthermore, certain ethnic groups are disproportionately affected by T2D1,2. In this presentation, the risk factors will be reported along with the prevalence of undiagnosed prediabetes and T2D in adolescents from diverse ethnicities including Indigenous, Filipino, and European.

    Methods: A total of 396 adolescents, aged 14-19, were screened for risk factors of prediabetes and T2D.

    Results: The Filipino group had a significantly higher prevalence of elevated blood glucose (46.2%, n=42), followed by the Indigenous (21.5%, n=35), and European (10.3%, n=8) groups. A significantly high number of adolescents from the European group (59%) were classified with prehypertension/hypertension, followed by the Filipino (50.5%), and the Indigenous (25.8%) groups. Based on body mass index, Indigenous adolescents (39.9%) were more likely to be overweight/obese, followed by the Filipino (37.4%), and European (34.6%) groups.

    Practice Implications: The findings reported herein provide a deeper understanding of the prevalence and risk of type 2 diabetes in adolescents. The rates of elevated blood glucose is relevant to a multitude of healthcare providers, particularly nurses who are most often the first point of entry into the health system. As such, nurses are in an optimal position to consider establishing health promoting strategies and screening programs that are adapted to the realities and culture of these adolescents. This plan should be personalized taking into account financial resources, and emphasize the importance of all healthcare providers being receptive and respectful of the cultural practices of the family.

    Given the finding that adolescents living in Saskatchewan have significant risk factors for type 2 diabetes, cultural practices that may contribute to childhood obesity need to be considered. Pediatric, community, and diabetes nurses, nurse educators, certified diabetes educators, and clinical nurse specialists work closely with families and adolescents and are well-positioned to better understand the cultural context associated with the experience of diabetes. These nurses have the opportunity to play a key role in the promotion of healthy lifestyles with the goal of improving health outcomes in adolescents. Due to the increased risk of developing prediabetes and type 2 diabetes, it is important that healthcare providers engage and collaborate with families to develop culturally appropriate screening and health promoting strategies.

    1. Amed, S., Dean, H. J., Panagiotopoulos, C., et al. Type 2 diabetes, medication-induced diabetes, and monogenic diabetes in Canadian children: a prospective national surveillance study. Diabetes Care 2010;33(4):786-91.
    2. Panagiotopoulos, C., Hadjiyannakis, S., Henderson, M. Type 2 Diabetes in Children and Adolescents. Canadian Journal of Diabetes 2018;42 Suppl 1:S247-S54.
  • Oct. 3, 2019 | 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
    Optimizing Vaccine Uptake – Addressing Vaccine Hesitancy
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    Oct. 3, 2019 | 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

    Optimizing Vaccine Uptake – Addressing Vaccine Hesitancy

    Noni MacDonald
  • Oct. 3, 2019 | 1:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
    Food Insecurity in Canada: The Case for Evidence-Based Policy
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    Oct. 3, 2019 | 1:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

    Food Insecurity in Canada: The Case for Evidence-Based Policy

    Dr. Valerie Tarasuk
    Panel: Cassandra Wajuntah, Dr. Mahli Brindamour, and Valerie Tarasuk
  • Oct. 3, 2019 | 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    A Community Safety and Well-Being Framework for Saskatchewan
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    Oct. 3, 2019 | 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

    A Community Safety and Well-Being Framework for Saskatchewan

    Gina Alexander

    All agencies have a role in improving community safety and well-being. By working collaboratively at the local level, we will be in a better position to improve the lives of Saskatchewan citizens. Local leadership, important multi-sector collaboration, and responses are centered on achieving shared outcomes. A framework is intended to be a place to start a conversation on assets and gaps in communities and how to create change towards more upstream interventions that are rooted in data and social outcomes. Functioning social development initiatives work together in ways that challenge conventional assumptions about limitations and organizational cultures, and ensure that individuals, families, and communities are safe, healthy, educated, housed, employed, and have social networks that they can trust.

    Prevention requires hands-on implementation of strategies, policies, or programs to diminish potential threats to a community’s safety and well-being. Data and information sharing on community assets, trends, and vulnerable people will identify priority areas to react effectively, while demonstrating both moral and economic benefits of such prevention work. Risk intervention involves many areas working together to immediately address and avert situations where there is a high risk of harm, such as crime, emergency room visits, or a child apprehension, and reduce the systemic reliance on such response. Collaboration and data sharing between agencies, such as “types of risk", have created partnerships and allowed for collective analysis of risk-based data in the development of strategies in prevention and social areas. Incident Response is the immediate and reactionary response that may involve a sense of urgency. Systems involved in this level of response are highly trained, efficiently organized, and required to assess needs and mobilize appropriate responses promptly and effectively. Initiatives in this area alone cannot be relied upon to increase community safety and well-being.

  • Oct. 3, 2019 | 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    Healthy Start/Départ Santé for Families (HSFF): A Collaborative, Multi-stakeholders Initiative to Support Families in Making Healthy Changes
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    Oct. 3, 2019 | 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

    Healthy Start/Départ Santé for Families (HSFF): A Collaborative, Multi-stakeholders Initiative to Support Families in Making Healthy Changes

    Kavitha Ramachandran, Dr. Louise Humbert, and Dr. Amanda Froehlich Chow

    Background: Childhood obesity continues to be a public health concern in Canada and worldwide. There is uncertainty regarding the most effective approaches for preventing it and addressing its impacts on children, families, and population at-large. Purpose: The goal of our collaborative and community-participatory work was to design and implement a family engagement initiative to support parents with young children in being physically active and eating healthy as a family. Methods: Using the population health approach, this research was guided by a literature review within the field of prevention science, an adapted engagement framework, and community consultations. Over one year we interviewed 25 parents and consulted with at least 15 stakeholders and community partners including two Elders as well as one Traditional Knowledge Keeper. Then four focus groups were conducted to better tailor the initiative to diverse delivery contexts. Results: The Healthy Start for Families initiative consists of simple, fun-filled, child-friendly, and interactive family activities focused on healthy eating, culturally relevant physical activities, games, and physical literacy, delivered in three 90-minute sessions. It is designed to be implemented in four real-world settings: Early Learning Childcare Centres (ELCCs), Schools, Family Resource Centres (FRCs) and the Home environment. HSFF was pilot-tested in three childcare centres serving immigrant and refugee children and Francophone children, one Indigenous school setting, and six homes. This approach was well received by parents, families, and staff members of ELCCs. Specific findings will be presented at the conference. Conclusion: To address the multiple and complex factors influencing childhood obesity, the actions should be collaborative, multifaceted, and intersectoral. Involving and supporting families is a key component of success towards improving health outcomes for young children. The findings from this work could also inform both policy and public health practice to increase physical activity and healthy eating in multiple settings where children live and play.

  • Oct. 3, 2019 | 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    Physical Literacy Enriched Communities: Baseline Results of a Home, School, and Community Approach to Improving Physical Literacy
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    Oct. 3, 2019 | 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

    Physical Literacy Enriched Communities: Baseline Results of a Home, School, and Community Approach to Improving Physical Literacy

    Natalie Houser, Dr. Louise Humbert, and Dr. Marta Erlandson

    Abstract: Despite the well-recognized health benefits associated with physical activity, Canadian children and youth are not sufficiently active. One way to enhance physical activity participation is through the development of physical literacy. Physical literacy is described as the physical competence, motivation and confidence, and knowledge and understanding to value and take part in physical activities for life. It is suggested that those meeting physical activity and sedentary behaviour guidelines have higher physical literacy, thus influencing a healthier lifestyle. Currently, little evidence exists on successful ways to enhance physical literacy development in children and youth, which is something this study seeks to address.

    Saskatchewan in motion and the Partners for Physical Literacy (with representation from Sport, Education, Recreation, and Research) have utilized a mobilization approach to support community action to enhance physical literacy and physical activity opportunities for children and youth. Initiatives within this intervention focus on home, school, and community level changes, encouraging shared responsibility to enhance physical literacy. Children and youth’s physical literacy will be measured using the Physical Literacy Assessment for Youth (PLAY) tools.

    This presentation will share details on the importance of physical literacy development in children and youth, the process of creating a physical literacy enhanced community, and preliminary results from participating communities. The focus will be on children’s physical literacy levels at baseline, and how we anticipate changes in physical literacy throughout the intervention.

    This home, school, and community approach shares the way in which physical activity and physical literacy can be enhanced by taking a shared responsibility approach. Through this approach, we are hopeful to enhance physical activity levels and physical literacy experiences.

  • Oct. 3, 2019 | 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    Tell It Like It Is: Engaging and Innovative Comprehensive Sexuality Education for People with Developmental Disabilities, and Those Who Support Them
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    Oct. 3, 2019 | 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

    Tell It Like It Is: Engaging and Innovative Comprehensive Sexuality Education for People with Developmental Disabilities, and Those Who Support Them

    Natalya Mason, Dallas Tetarenko, and Kristyn White

    Sexuality is an integral part of being human, and is a complex set of personal and social experiences that are not just about biology. Sexual health is a key component of overall health and well-being, and a human right. There is a pervasive idea that individuals with developmental disabilities are incapable of expressing themselves sexually, understanding desire, or fostering intimate relationships. This presentation discusses the emergence of the aforementioned attitudes, the impact it has on our communities, and introduces Tell It Like It Is, a partnership initiative between Creative Options Regina, Inclusion Saskatchewan, and Saskatoon Sexual Health, which empowers people with developmental disabilities to make informed choices about their health, sexuality, and relationships.

  • Oct. 3, 2019 | 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    Changing the Story about Alcohol
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    Oct. 3, 2019 | 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

    Changing the Story about Alcohol

    Carla Frohaug
  • Oct. 3, 2019 | 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    Primary and Secondary Prevention Strategies in Pediatric Type 2 Diabetes
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    Oct. 3, 2019 | 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

    Primary and Secondary Prevention Strategies in Pediatric Type 2 Diabetes

    Dr. Mark Inman

    Pediatric type 2 diabetes is becoming an increasingly recognized entity nationwide, moving from an almost unheard of entity 20 years ago to becoming upwards of 50% of the current pediatric diabetes burden in some provinces. In Saskatchewan (and Manitoba), a disproportionate prevalence and incidence rate for pediatric type 2 diabetes can be found, in comparison to other Canadian provinces. As pediatric type 2 diabetes, in comparison to type 1 diabetes, is associated with a higher comorbidity burden at diagnosis and a shorter time to complication development post diagnosis, there is a great need to identify primary prevention strategies, implement timely screening practices for early intervention, and refine secondary prevention strategies to arrest disease progression. The aim of this session is to bring attention to primary and secondary prevention strategies as well as practical recommendations for screening and early diagnosis.

  • Oct. 3, 2019 | 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    Saskatchewan’s TREKK Roadshow: A novel approach to dissemination critical PEM resources to rural healthcare practitioners
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    Oct. 3, 2019 | 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

    Saskatchewan’s TREKK Roadshow: A novel approach to dissemination critical PEM resources to rural healthcare practitioners

    Dr. Seyara Shwetz
  • Oct. 4, 2019 | 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
    Caught Between Two Worlds: Newcomer Youth Overcome Challenges to Embrace Life
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    Oct. 4, 2019 | 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

    Caught Between Two Worlds: Newcomer Youth Overcome Challenges to Embrace Life

    Anita Orgurlu
  • Oct. 4, 2019 | 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
    Use It or Lose It: Mobilizing Knowledge to Improve Health
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    Oct. 4, 2019 | 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

    Use It or Lose It: Mobilizing Knowledge to Improve Health

    Erin Beckwell

    Using a variety of learning strategies, this workshop will focus on fostering an understanding of the importance of knowledge exchange (KE) processes and products. By discussing KE frameworks, tools, and practice examples, participants will acquire practical skills to support them to use evidence and health information to influence policy, practice, and behaviour. To directly apply the workshop content to participants’ work or community context, each participant is asked to bring at least one practice example to work with during the session. A sample could be a resource or other product they have developed or are developing (e.g., handout, poster, infographic, curriculum, brochure), a communication or community engagement need or challenge, or data they need to use or share with community partners, families, service providers, etc. Participants will leave the workshop with concrete ideas and plans for advancing knowledge exchange in their individual practice, organization, and/or community.

  • Oct. 4, 2019 | 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
    Best Practices for Indigenous Engagement
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    Oct. 4, 2019 | 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

    Best Practices for Indigenous Engagement

    Cassandra Wajuntah
  • Oct. 4, 2019 | 10:20 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
    Closing Remarks
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    Oct. 4, 2019 | 10:20 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

    Closing Remarks

  • Oct. 4, 2019 | 10:30 a.m. – 12:00
    Keynote
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    Oct. 4, 2019 | 10:30 a.m. – 12:00

    Keynote

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    Baby's Best Start Prenatal Program
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    Baby's Best Start Prenatal Program

    Veronica Hawley and Erin Hewitt

    Abstract: The primary purpose of prenatal care is to improve and maintain the health and well-being of mothers, babies, and families. Traditional prenatal classes do not always appeal to or meet the needs of at-risk populations. Many of these families experience barriers to accessing prenatal education, care, and nutrition during their pregnancies. The overall goal of “Babies Best Start” (BBS) is to reach and support vulnerable pregnant women and families that may not have access to or may be under-served by mainstream health services. Our focus is to build on strengths within individuals in order to build confidence and capacity to grow a healthy baby and family. We utilize a holistic approach, recognizing the correlation between the multiple challenges and barriers the families of BBS experience. These barriers often include: low-income, mental health issues, cognitive impairments, low literacy level, insecure access to food, low social support, and a history of substance abuse. We practice facilitation, not instruction, and understand that basic needs should be addressed before parenting issues can be solved. We have established partnerships with other disciplines in order to provide better integration of services, referrals to other community agencies, and a client-centered circle of care. This presentation will provide the attendees with an overview of the BBS program and the opportunity to utilize and implement a similar model of care in their community. It is our hope that by sharing the successes and challenges we have encountered within our program with other health care professionals, they will return to their home communities and advocate for similar programming.

Hotels and Parking Information

HOLIDAY INN DOWNTOWN
  • 101 Pacific Ave.
    Saskatoon, SK S7K 1N8
  • 1877-654-0228
Guest rooms effective:
Check-in October 1, 2019 | Check-out October 4, 2019
Book rooms by September 2, 2019 to receive special rate.

Group name:
Prevention Matters Conference

  • $159.00 per night (KING plus sleeper sofa)
  • $159.00 per night (Two Standard Queen)

Both room types have additional tax and parking. There is a $10 charge for additional adult in the room.

HILTON GARDEN INN
  • 90- 22nd Street East
    Saskatoon, SK S7K 3X6
  • 306-244-2311
Guest rooms effective:
Check-in October 1, 2019 | Check-out October 4, 2019
Book rooms by September 1, 2019 to receive the special rate.

Group name:
Prevention Matters

Group code: #PMC213

  • $124.00 per night (plus taxes and parking)

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS
  • 315 Idylwyld North
    Saskatoon, SK S7L 0Z1
  • 306-384-8830
  • 1-877-654-0228
Guest rooms effective:
Check-in October 1, 2019 | Check-out October 4, 2019
Book rooms by September 4, 2019 to receive special rate.

Group name:
Prevention Matters Group

  • $129.00 per night (Two Queen) (plus taxes)

Free parking and breakfast.

Midtown Plaza Parkade

Parking Rate: $2.00/hr or $12.00/daily

Parking Locations:

  • North Surface Parking (Across from TCU and Hudson’s Bay)

    Entrances at 23rd St. E, 22nd St. E, and Pacific Ave.

  • South Surface Parking (By Toys R’ Us)

    Entrances at 20th St. E, and 1st Ave.

  • Underground Parking

    Access through North and South Surface Entrances

Payment Method:

  • Express Pay Stations accept credit, debit, tap and cash
  • Lot exits take credit and debit only

Downtown FlexParking

Parking Rate: $2.00/hr from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm

Payment Method:

Conference Agenda

Details to come.

Medical Stream

A one-day medical stream within Prevention Matters 2019 aims to address the needs of healthcare professionals in Saskatchewan, with applicable information, training, and tools to use in their practice. The medical stream sessions are open to all conference participants.

As a result of attending the Medical Stream, participants will be able to:

  • Develop clinical capacity in the prevention and early detection of common primary care medical problems in prenatal, child, and adolescent populations.
  • Identify strategies that can be utilized to engage patients and families in prevention practices to improve child health.
  • Understand the complexities of the interaction of social determinants of health upon healthcare outcomes and utilize evidence-based tool(s) to better assess and address social determinants of health in children and their families.
  • Recognize the contribution of knowledge exchange (KE) in strengthening healthcare practice and improving child health in Saskatchewan (examples of KE in healthcare include: evidence-informed medicine, cultural sensitivity and humility, listening to the patient voice, trauma-informed practice, and many more).

Please note: We are in the process of applying for Continuing Medical Education (CME) accreditation for the Medical Stream of this conference.