Dialogue with the Dean: The Future of Public Health

Dialogue with the Dean: The Future of Public Health
Friday, September 25 | 6 - 7pm (MDT)
Virtual Event

What does the future of our world look like? And how can public health create a more resilient and equitable society? Public health innovations take shape every day across society, building on the past and presenting new opportunities that build a better tomorrow. Join Dean Shanthi Johnson, your former classmates, and public health experts virtually for intimate conversations on the future of public health. Please be sure to choose your break-out room in the registration link below.   

Virtual Breakout Room Topics:


The Future of North: The health of northerners and systems that respond to promote wellness is influenced by geographic remoteness, climate change, Indigenous values, and factors that promote equity. Join us for a discussion with Dr. Susan Chatwood on how public health work underway in the north is promoting responsive systems and approaches to wellness in our northern communities.


The Future of Water: Water is a critical resource to a thriving population and needs to be carefully monitored and managed for future generations. Join us for a discussion with Dr. Patrick Hanington on new ways he is harnessing citizen science to accelerate solutions and improve how we detect and solve challenges with fresh water supply.


The Future of Cities: Creating strong and vibrant cities are essential to fostering health outside our health-care system. Join us for a discussion with Dr. Candace Nykiforuk on the ways our cities can be reimagined to empower equitable longevity, connectivity, thriveability, and wellness.


The Future of Education and Schools: Childhood is a critical stage of life for establishing healthy habits. We also know that wellness is essential to classroom success. Join Dr. Kate Storey to learn about new strategies that help ensure the next generation is able to achieve their healthiest potential.  

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More on our public health experts:


Dr Susan Chatwood is an Associate Professor in the School of Public Health and the founder and former scientific director of the Institute for Circumpolar Health Research in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. Her work aims to build capacity for research in the Arctic and engagement in the circumpolar network and promotes partnerships and methodologies that respect multiple ways of knowing in the Arctic. 


Dr Patrick Hanington is an Associate Professor in the School of Public Health. His primary research interests focus on developing strategies to limit or prevent the transmission of schistosomiasis (water-based infectious disease) from the snail intermediate hosts to humans. Dr. Hanington’s research goals are to provide relief for acute symptoms and then facilitate increased awareness within a community.

Dr. Candace Nykiforuk is a professor in the School of Public Health and an Applied Public Health Chair with a mandate to help advance the field of population health intervention and health equity. Her research is grounded in social-ecological frameworks, critical social science, and community-based participatory research perspectives. As an applied researcher, community impact (or “making a real difference in the community”) is as important to her as scholarly impact.

Dr Kate Storey is an Associate Professor in the School of Public Health and a Distinguished Researcher at Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation. She also holds a CIHR New Investigator grant in Child & Youth Health. Her work aims to create a culture of wellness for kids, their families, and their communities by making the ‘healthy choice the easy choice’ where we live, work, learn, and play.