Centre for Healthy Communities scientists embrace engaged scholarship by working closely with partners and communities to address applied public health problems and societal questions that impact health, wellbeing, and sustainability. Centre scientists support Canadians in helping their communities achieve their healthiest potential by:

  • conducting research and evaluations
  • collecting necessary data
  • developing and scaling up tools and interventions
  • sharing and mobilizing research evidence
  • harnessing scientific and experiential (practice and community-based) knowledge through evidence reviews
  • capacity building, and
  • working collaboratively to achieve collective impact.

Centre for Healthy Communities scientists are formally affiliated with the School of Public Health, University of Alberta in a research capacity (e.g., through a faculty or adjunct position or long-standing collaboration). 

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Xinjie Cui
  • Health and social service use pattern
  • Service use trajectory
  • Information governance and privacy protection
Patrick Hanington
  • Water
  • Community-based monitoring
  • Molecular biology
  • Collaboration, connection, idea sharing and engagement
Elaine Hyshka
  • Structurally vulnerable populations
  • Addiction and substance use
Allyson Jones
  • Healthy environments
  • Health equity
  • Indigenous communities
Anita Kozyrskyj
  • Nature and natural environments
  • Infant gut microbiome
  • Immune-related disease
  • Neurodevelopment
Katerina Maximova
  • Social inequalities
  • Ethnic disparities
  • Food environment
  • Built environment
Stephanie Montesanti
  • Interventions for Indigenous health (on-reserve/urban)
  • Health equity
  • Community leadership and inclusion in policy/practice
  • Policy development
  • Service design and delivery
Norman Neumann
  • Healthy environments
Simon Otto
  • Antimicrobial resistance
  • One health
  • Antimicrobial stewardship
Roman Pabayo
  • Social epidemiology
  • Social determinants of health
  • Social inequalities
  • Health inequalities
Mike Paulden
  • Health economics
Kim Raine
  • Healthy food environments
  • Social equity
  • Municipal and other policy
  • Research methods
  • Intervention research
Lisa Allen Scott
  • Chronic disease prevention
  • Health equity
  • Healthy public policy
  • Community capacity
  • Cross-sectoral collaboration
Denise Spitzer
  • Participatory research
  • Social inclusion
  • Migration
  • Intersectionality and implications of social status on health
  • Labour (paid and unpaid)
Jane Springett
  • Deliberative democracy and decision making
  • Citizen engagement
  • Community development and social change
  • Healthy cities
  • Collaborative / participatory action research
Kate Storey
  • School health
  • Health promotion
  • Community-based research
  • Implementation science
  • Knowledge translation
Shelby Yamamoto
  • Air pollution
  • Climate change
  • Health
  • Vulnerable populations
  • Perinatal mental health