NameMustafa Andkhoie

Organization/AffiliationHealth Canada, First Nations and Inuit Health

Entry DateJune 7, 2017

Job Title

Acting Regional Epidemiology Manager


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2045 Broad St, Regina, SK

Provide an explanation of the purpose for the data access request.

The purpose of this data access request is to report the baseline health status and wellbeing status of First Nations youths living in Saskatchewan.

How will this data or analysis request assist with your work?

First Nations and Inuit Health branch (FNIHB) of Health Canada is responsible for public health programming, surveillance, environmental health, health protection and coverage of non-insured health benefits (NIHB) such as mental health therapists, crisis intervention or medical transportation. FNIHB-SK has public health programs in First Nations communities such as HIV, Hepatitis-C and sexually transmitted disease infection screening. In addition, FNIHB-SK conducts public health follow up for notifiable communicable diseases under the authority of the Medical Health Officer as part of Public Health Act. NIHB provides pharmaceutical, mental wellness, dental, vision and other coverage for all First Nations living in Saskatchewan regardless of where they reside (both on-and-off reserve). In terms of public health programming, FNIHB-SK provides programming funding for mental wellness, home care, STIs, maternal and child health and several other areas of public health. Overall, many of the work conducted by FNIHB-SK will benefit from the SAYCW data as it will be provide baseline health information for First Nations youth in Saskatchewan and, in addition, assist in targeting programs and policies in the areas where there are needs.

How does your request support the vision, mission, and values of SAYCW?

The data is expected to provide baseline health and wellbeing data for First Nations youth in Saskatchewan. It will provide the estimate of psychosocial and health indicators such as smoking, substance abuse, suicide ideation, mental wellness, and several indicators that are relevant for public health programming and planning.

Provide a statement of the problem and the specific research questions that you will address. If you feel that the topic boxes on the following page of this online form are too vague, please identify the specific survey questions you want data from.

The project will provide evidence for targeting populations for most needs in public health interventions, specifically in First Nations communities as well as First Nations youth living in Saskatchewan. The evidence from SAYCW will assist FNIHB and First Nation partners in identifying priorities in program and planning in the areas of mental wellness, STI education and prevention, maternal and child health programming and several other public health areas.

What are the anticipated timelines of your research/project (i.e, start date, end date and dissemination timelines of outcomes)?

The data will be used to conduct descriptive analysis and will be published as a report to share with First Nations communities, FNIHB-SK executives, stakeholders and partners. Once the data is available, the analysis will commence and will be published publicly by the end of December 2017. The reports will be disseminated electronically to First Nations Health Directors, partners such as Northern Inter Tribal Health Authority by April 2018.

Are you currently working with a school or school division/authority for which you are requesting this data? If so, please describe the partnership?


Do you plan to submit an empirical manuscript, poster, or other scientific presentation based on your analysis?


Through what channels will this information be disseminated?

  • Report released to the public
  • Report used internally to inform policy/practice, etc.)

Please acknowledge that you are aware of the additional four items required for all data requests to be completed after initial approval is communicated to you by email. Item 1

  • Approval from School Board Directors or designate for which data has been requested (facilitated by SAYCW)
  • Application to U of S ethics (as determined to be necessary by U of S Ethics)
  • A signed data sharing agreement prior to data being issued

Support youth and community well-being through the collaborative action of community partners working together. Through evidence, tools and resources, SAYCW supports stakeholders to turn the knowledge gained through the youth health survey into health promoting action.

SAYCW Thriving Youth, Thriving Communities Report - 2019 Survey Findings
The SAYCW Thriving Youth, Thriving Communities Report – 2019 Survey Findings was released in November 2020. This report shares important descriptive data – like the percentage of...

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This report provides a brief review of the scientific literature on COVID-19 and its effects on youth health, with particular emphasis on mental health.  SAYCW shares relevant data from the pre-pandemic, 2019 SAYCW survey – these findings show how stressors and unhealthy behaviours that have been worsened by the pandemic (e.g., worry, connection with others, screen time, etc.) had impacted Saskatchewan youths’ health and well-being prior to the pandemic. Suggested health promotion actions to help mitigate the effects of COVID-19 and improve youth health and well-being are also shared.

Click here to read the report


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