As the sponsoring organization, the Réseau Santé en français de la Saskatchewan would like to acknowledge its community partners, namely the HSDS Steering Committee, for its ongoing feedback, mentorship and support of the initiative. This project would not be possible without the vision and tenacity of the founding partners, the Saskatoon in motion team and the University of Saskatchewan as well as the numerous constant supporters, collaborators and HSDS “cheerleaders”.
Funding for HSDS was generously provided by the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Government of Saskatchewan Community Initiatives Fund. Thank you finally to all of the childcare centres, homes, preschools and family resource centres that have agreed to embark on such an ambitious undertaking – their contributions are nothing short of inspiring!
Reseau Santé en français de la Saskatchewan
The Réseau Santé en français de la Saskatchewan (RSFS) is a provincial network which envisions the creation of a favourable environment in which Francophones in Saskatchewan are able to seek and receive health services in French. The RSFS is the sponsoring organization leading the Healthy Start project in Saskatchewan and in New Brunswick.
University of Saskatchewan
The University of Saskatchewan’s Department of Community Health and Epidemiology, College of Medicine and the College of Kinesiology and of the College of Pharmacy and Nutrition all contribute important members of their faculties to our initiative. The partnership with the University of Saskatchewan is key to the founding and the development of Healthy Start from its inception.
Centre de formation médicale du Nouveau-Brunswick
Located on the Université de Moncton campus, the CFMNB is a satellite site of the Université de Sherbrooke which allows maritime residents to pursue a francophone medical education within New Brunswick. Additionally, as a research centre the CFMNB engages doctors and other health professionals to take a more active role in health research. The CFMNB is currently in charge of managing and coordinating Healthy Start in New Brunswick.
University of New Brunswick
The University of New Brunswick (UNB) is a post-secondary institution located in Fredericton and Saint John, New Brunswick. Our continued collaboration with UNB focuses on refining our research measurement tools and approach, as well as further developing knowledge around physical activity and implementation of community health interventions.
Mouvement Acadien des Communautés en Santé du N-B
The Mouvement Acadien des Communautés en Santé du Nouveau-Brunswick inc. (MACS-NB) is a non-profit francophone provincial organization. Its mission is to act as a network for mobilizing and supporting Acadian communities and local populations in New Brunswick. To reach this goal, the MACS-NB promotes the Communautés – Écoles en santé (Communities – Healthy Schools) model.
NB Association of Family Resource Centres
Thirteen Family Resource Centres, funded through the Community Action Program for Children (CAPC), and Education & Early Childhood Development (EECD) operate in New Brunswick . They are governed by community Board of Directors. The Centre’s programs cover the province through a network of more than 90 outreach sites, many in isolated rural areas.
Saskatchewan Early Childhood Association
The Saskatchewan Early Childhood Association (SECA) is a non-profit, membership-based organization dedicated to the support of high quality early childhood care, development and education. We believe that this requires a partnership among parents, caregivers, children, family, community and government.
The Saskatchewan Knowledge to Action Network for Early Childhood Development, commonly known as kidSKAN, is a provincial community of practice of researchers, practitioners and policy makers in academia, government and the community who have an interest in early childhood development in Saskatchewan. KidSKAN’s mandate is to facilitate stakeholder networking and knowledge sharing in early childhood development; to facilitate appropriate policy and practice change; and to facilitate new opportunities for collaborative research.
Early Childhood Care & Education New Brunswick
ECCENB was founded as a non-profit organisation aimed at giving a voice to those who believe in the necessity of providing quality child care and education services. This organisation serves as a key intermediary between childcare centres and the Healthy Start project team. ECCENB provides knowledge and expertise which support the adaptation of research techniques to the needs and realities of childcare settings.
The New Brunswick Gymnastics Association is a not-for-profit provincial sport organization that is the governing body for artistic gymnastics, trampoline and tumbling in the province of New Brunswick and is the creator of the Active Kids/Jeunes actifs program. Healthy Start has been privileged to work closely with the Executive Director of the NBGA, who has significantly contributed to knowledge around physical activity, fundamental movement patterns and on how to develop and offer effective trainings.
Active Kids/Jeunes actifs is a provincial program based in New Brunswick which aims to promote physical activity in the daily lives of children and their families. The program provides resources and training sessions for anyone involved in the care of children aged 0 to 5. Active Kids works in partnership with Healthy Start to ensure training sessions are appropriately adapted to the New Brunswick context, and facilitates the delivery of training sessions across the province. Financial contributions from Active Kids/Jeunes actifs also help to ensure Healthy Start early learning centres are supplied with top-notch resource materials.
Association des parents fransaskois
The Association des parents fransaskois (APF), Fransaskois Parent Association is committed to supporting, welcoming and helping French and bilingual families in Saskatchewan. Through its minority-language programming the APF contributes to the well-being of parents and their children in the Francophone community.
Saskatchewan Population Health and Evaluation Research Unit
The Saskatchewan Population Health and Evaluation Research Unit (SPHERU) is a bi-university health research unit. Since it began in 1999, SPHERU has established itself as a leader in population health research – the study of social factors that affect the well-being of groups within a population.
Community Initiatives Fund
The Community Initiatives Fund (CIF) is a Special Purpose Fund created through The Saskatchewan Gaming Corporation Act and accountable to the Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport. Our programs are structured as grants that help support Saskatchewan communities.
Healthy Start has had such a big impact on the children. They are enthusiastic about eating healthy foods and getting their bodies moving – it’s so rewarding!
- Jessica, Kinder Kollege (SK)
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