Report to Community 2016

Partnership & Engagement

Elizabeth Coldbeck, former project coordinator with the Alberta Healthy School Community Wellness Fund, speaks about the importance of investing in comprehensive school health and the difference it makes in students at Highlands Junior High School.

Effective public health cannot be achieved by working in isolation. Working together across disciplines and sectors, and engaging with colleagues, peers, partners, communities and collaborators can result in positive change that promotes and protects the health of populations.

That’s why we rely on our partnerships and why we value all of the ways in which our faculty, students, alumni and donors are engaged in these endeavours.

Community and Academic Partnerships

Community and academic partnerships are essential for fostering strong and effective public health practice and policy development. 

As engaged scholars, we build links with industry, policy makers and communities to address public health issues. Our researchers conduct studies that have practical application and endeavour to build capacity in the communities in which they work. 

For example, Tania Bubela combines legal and genomics expertise to partner with policy-makers, patient organizations, industry and biomedical research networks. Her work helps researchers understand the social, commercial and regulatory challenges that they will face in bringing innovations to the clinic for the benefit of patients. She focuses on genetic diagnostics and cell and gene therapies as a subset of personalized medicine.

Warren Kindzierski is an environmental health researcher who studies air quality and air pollution. In Alberta, Kindzierski studies the environmental health impact of urban air quality and oil sands development. By partnering with airshed organizations and industry, he collects and assesses data, and provides recommendations. This improves the ability of airshed and industry partners to make decisions and adjust policies to minimize environmental impact and enhance public health protection. Together, they are keeping our air as clean as possible.

Kim Raine’s community partners are involved in each step of the research process—from identifying research questions to determining methods and implementation. Strong relationships are critical for building long-term, sustainable change. Raine’s work developing Alberta’s first Report Card on Healthy Food Environments and Nutrition for Children and Youth depended on rich collaboration and strong community partnerships. Together, they are finding ways to make the healthy choice the easy choice for everyone in a community.   


We collaborate with over 1100 partners in universities, governments, industry and community organizations around the world. You are invited to read examples of our partnerships.

External Advisory Council

Our External Advisory Council was created in 2011 to provide strategic advice to the dean. Through the Council, we draw upon the talents and experience of leaders from the public, private and non-profit sectors.

Engaged Students and Alumni

Our students and alumni are extraordinary people doing extraordinary things. With nearly 1,400 alumni and over 300 current students, they are impacting communities, organizations and people all over the world. They have helped our School build a culture of engagement, both internally and with the public. 

Engaged Donors

We're grateful for the kind donations and gifts from individuals, corporations and foundations that support student scholarships and research projects at the School. These gifts, regardless of size, allow students and faculty members to pursue their passion to improve the health of the most vulnerable and underserved communities of the world.