Define Social Accountability

World Health Organization
The World Health Organization (1995) has defined the social accountability of medical schools as "the obligation to direct their education, research and service activities towards addressing the priority health concerns of the community, region, and/or nation they have a mandate to serve. Read more.... The priority health concerns are to be identified jointly by governments, health care organizations, health professionals and the public".Social Accountability Partnership Pentagram. 

Social Accountability Partnership Pentagram
Embedded in the WHO definition of social accountability, the Partnership Pentagram. reflects the five-way collaborative relationship that must exist for those involved in providing a health system based on people's needs.

Health Canada
Health Canada has published a document, Social Accountability:  A Vision for Canadian Medical Schools (2001) which articulates the principles by which medical schools can incorporate social accountability.

Excellence in CARE
The College of Medicine's Social Accountability Committee the CARE model (Clinical activity, Advocacy, Research, Education and Training) as a guiding tool for social accountability initiatives toward priority health concerns of local, regional, national and international communities while working towards a health system that is more responsive and socially accountable. 

Social Accountability in the Life of Saskatchewan's Medical School
A presentation to departments at the College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan.  Read more...

Global Consensus for Social Accountability of Medical Schools
130 organizations and individuals from around the world with responsibility for health education, professional regulation and policymaking participated for eight months in a three-round Delphi process leading to a three-day facilitated consensus development conference.  The Consensus consists of ten (10) strategic directions for medical schools to become socially accountable.  Read more....

Administrative/Governance Structure

In 2011 the College of Medicine established the Division of Social Accountability to promote and supports the College's obligation to direct its Clinical activity, Advocacy, Research and Education (CARE Model) activities towards the priority health concerns of local, regional, national and international communities.
The Division of Social Accountability provides administrative support to the Social Accountability Committee and its subcommittees in their work addressing community health needs in areas that include Aboriginal health, primary health, urban and rural underserved areas, equity, diversity and gender, immigrant and refugee health, global health and eco-health. The Division serves all faculty, students and departments of the College of Medicine as a semi-autonomous structure, with the Department of Community Health and Epidemiology as a base of operations. 

Administration/Governance
The College of Medicine's Social Accountability Committee conducts its work through a number of sub-committees and groups in partnership with faculty, students, practicing physicians, communities and administration. The Social Accountability Committee is a standing committee of Faculty Council at the College of Medicine, and directs activities administered through the Division of Social Accountability. 
The Division of Social Accountability is housed in the in the Department of Community Health for administrative purposes. The Head of the Division of Social Accountability oversees programming and reports to the Head of the Department of Community Health and Epidemiology on operational matters. The social accountability mandate is recognized as a College-wide mission, with social accountability activities visible within the College, Health Sciences and to the wider community.

Initiatives

Making the Links - A Certificate in Global Health
Making the Links is a unique certificate program for undergraduate medical students that combines academic courses with service learning experiences in the context of an urban underserved community at SWITCH (the Student Wellness Initiative Towards Community Health) in Saskatoon, remote communities in northern Saskatchewan, and the Global South in Mozambique.


Indigenous Health
The College of Medicine is a leader in Aboriginal health  programs, education, and services. We have a multitude of opportunities for Aboriginal and non-aboriginal students to learn about Aboriginal health, culture, and community. Ten percent of first year spaces are reserved for Aboriginal students. Awards for Aboriginal students are available, along with mentorship from pre-med right through residency.

Global Health
The committee oversees the College's global health initiatives, and promotes faculty and student engagement in health initiatives around the globe that support social accountability.

Health Training in French committee (HTiF) Formation Santé en Francais (FSeF)
The project aims to promote better access to health services to the minority official language community in Saskatchewan.

Immigrant and Refugee Health
The committee seeks to understand and address unmet health needs of the growing immigrant and refugee population in Saskatoon and Saskatchewan.

OneHealth
The students, faculty and staff of the College of Medicine will consider issues of sustainability in all our activities, and will approach health issues recognizing the complex relationships between humans, other species and the eco-system. 

Research and Travel Awards

Global Health Research and Travel Awards Program

The aim of the College of Medicine’s Global Health Travel Awards Program is to encourage and support faculty, residents and students to become engaged in global health service-learning, teaching and research opportunities abroad. 

For further information contact Dr. Mabood Qureshi at mabood.qureshi@saskatoonhealthregion.ca or Carlyn Séguin at carlyn.seguin@usask.ca


Global Health Travel Award for Faculty in the College of Medicine, U of S

This faculty competition was established to support the development of global health educational, research or development programs linked to the College of Medicine.  Three to five awards of up to $2,500 each are given out annually.  In 2014-15, five awards were granted to faculty members for their efforts to promote/develop global health work in India, Poland, Nicaragua and Africa.

  • Total of $7,500.00 is available, with a maximum award of $2,500 each award for the 2015-16 academic year. Applications will be reviewed and awarded at the end of each month until the fund is exhausted.
  • Applications will be reviewed and awarded on a rolling basis until the funding is exhausted.

Global Health Research Travel Award for Graduate Students with the College of Medicine, U of S

This award provides support to students 1) wishing to conduct global health research; 2) wishing to undertake travel related to global health-related courses for either their program or for continuing education purposes; or 3) wishing to present their research at a global health conference.  The funding is provided to assist student’s research activities that are supported by or linked to faculty research partnerships, projects, or programs with low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).

  • TWO (2) travel awards up to $2000 each
  • Application Deadline: FRIDAY, JANUARY 29, 2016

Global Health Travel Award for Undergraduate Students with the College of Medicine, U of S

This travel award is intended for students who will take part in global health education, research or service-learning programs abroad, typically during the summer months.  Over the past number of years College of Medicine student recipients have traveled to the Congo, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Ghana, South Africa, Nicaragua, Vietnam, Honduras, India, Nepal, Mexico, Zambia, Philippines and Mozambique.

  • SIX (6) awards of up to $2000 each.
  • Application Deadline: FRIDAY, JANUARY 29, 2016

Global Health Travel Award Program for Residents With the College of Medicine, U of S

This award is intended to offset travel costs for a global health experience and/or elective requirement. The funding is provided to support educational activities within or linked to projects or programs attempting to address inequalities that exist both among and within nations. Such projects or programs may include clinical healthcare, community-based healthcare, health promotion, health-related community development and/or research initiatives.

  • THREE (3) awards up to $2000 each
  • Application Deadline: FRIDAY, JANUARY 29, 2016

Global Health Conference

Nourishing Equity

This year's College of Medicine Global Health Conference, will be held on campus at the University of Saskatchewan in the fall - please save the date for Saturday October 17th. Topics this year will be focused around nutrition, food security, and equity.  

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Contact Us

Global Health Conference 2015
c/o Division of Social Accountability
College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan

Tel:  306-966-1797
globalhealth@usask.ca

Contact

Dr. Ryan Meili 

Carlyn Séguin Koreen Skjonsby
Division Head Admin Coordinator Clerical Assistant                
ryan.meili@usask.ca
carlyn.seguin@usask.ca koreen.skjonsby@usask.ca
Tel:  306-966-5727 Tel:  306-966-1797  Tel:  306-966-8752

Fax: (306) 966-7920

Postal Address:
Department of Community Health & Epidemiology
Health Science Building, 107 Wiggins Road
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada S7N-5E5

Courier Address:
Department of Community Health & Epidemiology
Royal University Hospital, room 2732
103 Hospital Drive
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada S7N-OW8