This is Public Health


We are pleased to announce the winners of the photo contest.

After review by a judging panel made up of faculty, students, staff, and alumni, the top ten photos were sent to a public vote. Nearly 1300 votes came in to select the top three photos.

Photo 1

Photo 1: People are most likely to be healthy when they are living in environments with clean, safe, and aesthetically appealing vibrant sidewalks. This picture depicts the essence of this. Notice the: unobtrusive lighting, spacious shovelled path, garbage cans for litter, bike racks, inviting bench for relaxation, and nature in the build environment.

Photo 2

Photo 2: This is an abstract representation of Public Health. There are three elements: the bound hand symbolizing lack of human agency, the strings representing control exerted by sociopolitical & economic power structures and misguided health practices, and the scissors representing public health which empowers individuals to take ownership of their own well-being.

Photo 3

Photo 3: Many rural schools in low-income countries do not have access to clean water to enable children to practice personal hygiene. By raising awareness of this issue, we motivated Edmonton High School students to raise funds to purchase a rainwater harvesting system for a primary school in Uganda.

Photo 4

Photo 4: An excited father took a picture of his child receiving her first immunization over forty years ago at the Eastwood Health Clinic. The mother held my hand while I immunized her child. A neighbourhood with many new immigrants, it was not unusual for the extended family to attend children’s immunizations.

Photo 5

Photo 5: Wellness in nature, Connected communities, This is Public Health.

Photo 6

Photo 6: This woman had just given birth at home with a traditional birth attendant. A University of Alberta research team saw the woman bleeding heavily. In this rural, remote Pakistani village, they could only monitor her. Fortunately, she stabilized. Not all women are so lucky; 345,000 women die in childbirth annually.

Photo 7

Photo 7: Health starts with a clean slate! Proper attention, education, maintenance and prevention is key.

Photo 8

Photo 8: On a rainy day, students in Eastern Kenya collect rainwater from this roof water collection system. The 10,000L reservoir tank is supplying students with safe water for washing, drinking and cooking and was installed by a local NGO as a part of a community water and sanitation improvement program.

Photo 9

Photo 9: A crane from the University of Alberta’s PAW Centre construction site is reflected in ECHA, which houses the School of Public Health. In addition to sustainability, the now-completed PAW Centre reflects several tenets of public health including health, wellness, physical activity, and sport.

Photo 10

Photo 10: Upstream IS a place—and so is public health! Like the wetlands of northern Alberta, public health practitioners act on the things in the air, water, physical and social surroundings that affect our health. And like wetlands, they are often hidden—but ALWAYS essential!