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Founded in 2004, the Urban Public Health Network (UPHN) is a membership-based network of Lead Medical Officers of Health located within urban centres in Canada who work collaboratively and with a collective voice to address public health issues affecting our populations and communities. The Network encompasses approximately 50% of the Canadian population.

UPHN is based at the University of Saskatchewan, located in Saskatoon. Several UPHN research teams operate out of this location, with input from scholars and advisers throughout the country. The pan-Canadian UPHN hosts two member meetings per year and facilitates a number of knowledge translation activities with its membership and the wider general public on research regarding public health concerns and solutions within urban and peri-urban contexts.

UPHN Members with CPHO Dr. Theresa Tam

Montreal, October 2023

Our Statement of Purpose:

The UPHN functions as a pan-Canadian fellowship of leading, local medical health officers to exchange and generate knowledge to inform practice-based strategies in addressing key public health issues affecting urban populations.

Our Values:

Collaboration, Expertise on Public Health matters in urban contexts, Shared research interests for action-oriented interventions.

UPHN Objectives include: 

  • sharing of best practices in delivery and evaluation of public health programs and initiatives in local public health units
  • raising awareness of urban public health issues
  • fostering collaborative action on issues of mutual interest
  • advancing policy change by developing a collective voice for urban public health issues
  • facilitating research in public health.

Regular meetings are held twice a year, bringing together UPHN members, local public health experts and researchers.  Additional meetings have been held on specific topics such as emergency preparedness and public health research topics.

UPHN Research Group

Saskatoon, September 2023

The UPHN works with other organizations that have a shared interest in improving population health in Canada, all of whom have an interest in improving the health of the Canadian population. 

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