Happy to be here and to meet everyone! My name is Cora Janzen and I work in the Health Promotion Department in Population and Public Health for the Saskatchewan Health Authority. My geographic area of focus is Saskatoon and surrounding area. We have recently amalgamated 13 regional health authorities into one Provincial Health Authority so I am still figuring out how to describe where I work :) In my department, we focus on Population Health Promotion and reducing health inequities observed in our populations and focus on the levers of healthy public policy, creating supportive environments and supporting community action. My work involves the Healthy Built Environment area and I am the lead for our Healthy Transportation Networks and Healthy Neighbourhood Design pillars of our framework (the framework also includes housing and food systems) and our goal is helping create healthy, equitable built environments that contribute to improved population health. <INSERT PLUG: We modeled our framework after BC's Healthy Built Environment Linkages Toolkit which is a fantastic resource!> I work closely with the municipality as well as community groups to advocate, provide public health context, align data sources, knowledge, tools and more. We have also done a health equity impact assessment of the City of Saskatoon's Growth Plan as well as various other evidence reviews for policy recommendations for the municipality.
I am so happy to be here and learn from you all, your learnings and expertise. I am excited to find out about the rich work happening across the country and how I can translate that here for our context.