HSSA Student Led Interest Groups

Click through below for a variety of the student-led interest groups within the health sciences.


Aboriginal Rural & Remote Health

The Aboriginal, Rural, and Remote Health Group (ARRHG) is a new interprofessional, student-led initiative. Our mission is to raise awareness of and promote an interdisciplinary approach to Aboriginal, rural, and remote health issues through interprofessional student-led events and programs. We also aim to connect with Aboriginal, rural, and remote youth to facilitate interest in careers in the health sciences and related fields. Our objectives are to:

  • provide professional/educational opportunities related to Aboriginal, rural, and remote health through experiential learning,
  • outreach to rural/remote/Aboriginal students, in particular, in order to promote careers in the health sciences, and
  • facilitate peer education on various interdisciplinary health issues, with a focus on issues most relevant to working with rural/remote/Aboriginal populations.

We already have some exciting activities scheduled, and others planned for the near future.  We recently took a trip to La Ronge where we will talked to Nortep students, toured the health center, talked to the Chief of the Lac La Ronge Indian Band, Tammy Cook-Searson, and built and attended a sweat. We also have a pilot problem-based learning session planned for students in medicine and veterinary medicine, with hopes to expand the session to include other health disciplines. 

Mentorship to high school students is also a priority for our group and we hope to facilitate these relationships this year. Our group also plans on having seminars, presentations, open dialogue, etc. on health-related issues relevant to Aboriginal, rural, and remote populations. Some potential topics include, for example, the impact of zoonotic diseases on these populations, providing culturally safe health care, and working interprofessionally in small communities. There is also the potential to help coordinate an event where Aboriginal and rural high school students will come to the university to learn more about the health sciences.

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Geriatics Student Interest Group

The U of S Geriatrics Interest Group (GIG) is the first of its kind in Canada and was established in 2008 by a group of students interested in the care of older adults. The older adult population is rapidly increasing in our province yet often our training is deficient in this area. GIG aims to engage health science students from all disciplines in considering their role in caring for older adults in our community, as well as the unique challenges and opportunities that this role can bring. The objectives of this group are tp:

  • increase and foster an awareness of issues relating to the lives of older adults in the community by engaging both students and seniors in knowledge-transfer, interaction, and education relating to geriatrics,
  • promote inter-disciplinary community service and professional learning activities for health and social science students,
  • promote and lead in the development of education on aging and the geriatric population in undergraduate programs across all disciplines, and
  • foster a sense of social responsibility among members of our community, with a focus on the needs and realities experienced by older adults living in this community.

Past and future events include database of shadowing and service learning opportunities in the community, and educational sessions throughout the year on topics that include:

  • Alzheimer's and the Alzheimer's Society, Medication Management, and Caring for People with Dementia
  • Clinical Skills Night, and 
  • National and international conferences.

Interested in GIG? Contact Kali Nunweiler (kdn828@mail.usask.ca) or Magda Lenartowicz (mlenartowicz@gmail.com) for more information. 

Health Everywhere

Health Everywhere (HE) is a multidisciplinary group of university students and professionals dedicated to raising awareness of global health issues and improving local and global access to health care. Through clinical, research, and educational programs, they seek to create opportunities for students and health professionals to learn about the social, political, and economic issues affecting the health of populations so that we may better serve the global community. Each year, Health Everywhere helps bring awareness to global health issues through events such as the World AIDS week campaign, Global Health speaker series, and annual fundraiser with CHEP Good Food Inc. In addition, they organize educational events for their members, based on the interests in the group. In the past, these have included movie nights, guest speakers, and Fair Trade merchandise sales.

Health Everywhere usually meets during noon hours each week. Exact day and location will differ each year. All students and professionals in all disciplines are welcome to join Health Everwhere!

Current contact for Health Everywhere and member responsible for communication with VP External is Bev Wudel: beverly.wudel@gmail.com.

Public Health Interest Group

The Public Health Interest Group is a recent initiative at the University of Saskatchewan, a multidisciplinary collaboration among students interested in Public Health. The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC) established the concept of the Public Health Interest Group (PHIG), whose aim is to pilot health education projects on campus in the hopes of improving awareness and even overall health among students, staff and faculty.

In the past year, PHIG has undergone collaborative efforts with the Student Health Initiative Program (SHIP), Student Health Clinic, and Master of Public Health Student Association (MPHSA) on various programs that seek to improve health throughout Saskatoon. Current initiatives are the Public Health newsletter, documentary viewing and guided discussion, seminar, fundraising for local and international communities, hand-washing campaign, HPV Awareness & PAP promotion, and the February Heart & Stroke Campaign. 

For more information, please contact Tanya Rac (tanya.rac@usask.ca) or Saghar Kari (s.kari@usask.ca).

Reproductive Action Group

The Reproductive Action Group (RAG) is composed of a group of students at the University of Saskatchewan who are interested in issues of reproductive health and justice. Our mission is three-fold:

  • to provide information and opportunities to students wanting to learn more about complete sexual and reproductive health care and rights, including contraception and pregnancy termination,
  • to raise awareness on the University of Saskatchewan campus about sexual and reproductive rights and health, and
  • to encourage colleges in the health sciences to include more information about sexual and reproductive health and rights including abortion and other reproductive health choices such as contraception and Sexually Transmitted Infection prevention in their curriculums.      

In recent years, we've worked towards these goals in a number of ways, including:

  • starting a medical school curriculum reform committee,
  • organizing two sexual health clinical skills nights in conjunction with the Family Medicine Club,
  • sending students to a reproductive justice conference in St. Louis, Missouri,
  • holding a movie night and discussion group with the film The Business of Being Born,
  • creating a lecture series on sexual and reproductive health topics such as sexual history taking and dysfunction screening, contraception, rape and the role of the physician, STI update, abortion access in Canada, and fertility mapping, and
  • hosting a very successful first annual fundraising gala with guest speaker Allison Hayford and an advance screening of the work-in-progress documentary, Vessel, by Diana Whidden.

For more information or to get involved, contact reproductiveactiongroup@gmail.com.