We are the Canadian Centre for Rural and Agricultural Health

Join us on September 26th, 2023 at 10:30am in the E wing Health Sciences Atrium, to celebrate the Centre. Following a short program, there will be an Open House with tours of the Centre where you can ask questions and meet Centre researchers, staff, and students.

Saskatoon, SK – ANNOUNCEMENT. The Canadian Centre for Rural and Agricultural Health is pleased to welcome past, present, and future colleagues, community collaborators, non-profit and government colleagues, students, staff, and supporters to celebrate with us on Tuesday, September 26th at 10:30am in the E Wing Atrium of the Health Sciences building at the University of Saskatchewan.

Following University of Saskatchewan processes and approved by the Board of Governors, the former Canadian Centre for Health and Safety in Agriculture has changed its name to the Canadian Centre for Rural and Agricultural Health. The name change took effect June 1st, 2023.

The Centre’s new name is a clear reflection of its depth of research, service, and outreach to support improved health outcomes for rural and agricultural people in Saskatchewan, across Canada, and around the world.

Rural spaces have unique health and safety issues and needs that are best met by experts who focus on and understand rural complexity. The Centre was formally established in 1986 as the Centre for Agricultural Medicine.

As the Centre has grown, it has added depth and strength via new faculty able to expand research focus, and critical community and government partnerships. These partnerships have included the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities, individual rural municipalities, multiple non-profit organizations promoting aspects of rural health, a growing number of First Nations in Saskatchewan, and government ministries including both Health, Rural & Remote Health, and Agriculture.

The Centre has a number of flagship programs which combine clinical work with research, outreach, and knowledge mobilization. Two examples are the Agricultural Health and Safety Network, which focuses on the health and safety of rural agricultural populations, and the Rural Dementia Action Research (RaDAR) program, which focuses on improving care from diagnosis to end of life, for people with dementia who live in rural and remote areas.

The Centre’s world-leading researchers work on breakthroughs in areas such as musculoskeletal health and ergonomics, access to care, exposures in the rural environment, advances and techniques in industrial and occupational hygiene, right down to omics science which uses modern analytical laboratory techniques to investigate major issues. 

RSVP to attend the Centre’s name celebration and open house