A History of Public Health in Alberta, 1919-2019
Edited by Lindsay McLaren, Donald W.M. Juzwishin, and Rogelio Velez Mendoza
$84.99 HC / $42.99 PB (S)
372 pages, 66 illustrations
6 x 9 inches
978-1-77385-547-9 (Institutional PDF)
About the Book
Top health scholars explore one hundred years of public health policy, practice, activism, and scholarship in a book that offers clarity on historical contours of a complex field and a vision for a future of well-being and health equity.
Public health is diffuse, divided, and poorly understood. As a policy and practice, public health promotes and protects people and communities. As a field of academic inquiry it provides deep insights into the ways individuals and collectives can work within societies to prevent disease and promote health and health equity. Public health is a broad, intersectoral, and interdisciplinary field of scholarship, activism, policy, and practice with the potential to create and support immense change.
This is a story of one hundred years of public health in Alberta. Drawing on extensive research, including interviews with members of Alberta’s public health communities, A History of Public Health in Alberta, 1919-2019 considers institutions, sectors, populations, and activities that constitute the study and practice of public health. It offers a consolidated narrative from a contemporary perspective, paying particular attention to significant and entrenched social inequities of health and their determinants, the emergence of new public health concerns, and communities of public health, including activists, practitioners, scholars, and the public itself.
A History of Public Health in Alberta, 1919-2019 draws together the threads of public health policy, practice, and research, mapping its contours and presenting a holistic view of public health in the province over time. Prompted by the concern, and the experience, that public health is frequently deeply misunderstood, this book articulates a history of the field and practice essential to understanding how we may best mobilize to support well-being and health equity across populations.
With contributions by: Temitayo Famuyide, Erna Kurbegović, Jack Lucas, Cristina Santamaria-Plaza, Benjamin Sasges, Dennis Slater, and Frank W. Stahnisch
About the Editors
Lindsay McLaren is a professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences at the University of Calgary and research associate with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. She is past president of the Alberta Public Health Association and serves as senior editor for the Canadian Journal of Public Health and editor-in-chief for the Journal of Critical Public Health.
Don Juzwishin holds adjunct appointments at the Universities of Alberta, Calgary, and Victoria, is a project leader at AGE-WELL, and serves as editor-in-chief of Healthcare Management Forum. He has over forty years’ experience in health policy, health informatics, and health technology assessment, and served as the director of Health Technology Assessment and Innovation at Alberta Health Services.
Rogelio Velez Mendoza is a journalist, historian, and science communicator. He works as a research communications specialist at the Canadian Cancer Society and has served as a research associate in the Department of Community Health Services at the University of Calgary with a focus on the history of public health in Alberta.