Saskatoon Health Region
Saskatoon Health Region is the largest health region in the province, serving approximately 300,000 local residents. They provide a provincial referral centre providing specialized care to thousands of people from across Saskatchewan, and an integrated health delivery agency providing a comprehensive range of services and programs
The Saskatoon Health Region’s Public Health Observatory was formed in 2008 by combining three existing epidemiological and information units of the Regional Health Authority. The Observatory conducts population health status surveillance, program evaluation and review, applied research, and knowledge translation and exchange. Working in partnership, they have a specific aim to improve health and reduce health inequality.
Health Disparity in Saskatoon: Analysis to Intervention (2008) continues previous work done on disparities in Saskatoon. This report describes health disparities and their causes, and identifies policy options to address these disparities.
- Saskatoon launched a local program to determine disparities in a universal immunization program. The Health Authority found a two-fold difference between low-income and high-income areas. The investigation lead to the creation of small teams of public health nurses to do intensive outreach to make immunization as accessible as possible. By 2009-2010 the program began to show results.