Upcoming Events

Public Health 2020
Hosted by the CPHA
April 28-30, 2020
Winnipeg, MB

Upcoming Events

Save the date!
The MPHA will host its next AGM on the evening of October 2, 2019.
More information forthcoming.

Public Health 2020
Hosted by the CPHA
April 28-30, 2020
Winnipeg, MB

Help create change

Advocacy is at the core of our mission. This past election season we called on our members and supporters to move the health debate beyond hospitals and emergency departments towards the underlying issues that make people unhealthy. Check out that campaign to see what it was all about and watch for ways to participate in future campaigns!

Sarah Hawkins
Health Policy Analyst

To solve big picture problems, we need to work together. The MPHA is an agent of such collaboration, with the ability to advocate in ways many of us could not through our jobs.

Craig Ross

Driven by its core values and the collective awesomeness of its members, the MPHA has enormous potential to be a force for progress in Manitoba.

Who we are

About Us

The Manitoba Public Health Association is a volunteer run, non-profit, non-governmental organization. It was first established in 1952. We are affiliated with the Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA)

Our Mission: The MPHA advocates for social justice, reconciliation and equity through influencing policies and decision-making. It makes visible the impact of issues on our collective health, and profiles evidence that connects issues, people and community. The MPHA aims to foster balance and restore collective health and wellbeing.

Our Vision: Communities rooted in equity, growing in balance

To review our organizational bylaws, click here.


Our values are an expression of who we are and inform how we make decisions as an organization. Our values reflect our common convictions and beliefs at individual, organizational, partnership, and societal levels. They also provide us with a set of guiding statements that help us navigate conflict, change, growth, and reconciliation.

Colonial oppression has had, and continues to have, a devastating impact on the health of Indigenous peoples. Conversely, we recognize the healing and reconciliatory power that traditional, cultural, and community knowledge keepers bring to the sustainability of our work. We therefore are actively guided by both Indigenous ways of knowing and being, and Western ways. We acknowledge the Seven Sacred Teachings, as articulated by Traditional Knowledge Keepers, as our overarching values frame. This is done with the consent of the Indigenous board members at the time these values were drafted, and with respect towards our Indigenous partners, recognizing that we are a non-Indigenous organization.

These teachings, with roots in certain Indigenous communities, have universal applicability for all people.

Seven Sacred Teachings


“CLEAR” Values

Learning and evidence
Equity and social justice

We believe that applying the Seven Sacred Teachings and the CLEAR values in tandem demonstrates respect for the powerful contributions of Indigenous, racialized, and other populations alongside whom we work. It is particularly powerful when traditional teachings and other forms of evidence align when informing decisions on health. Our values inform the ethics, conceptual frameworks, and practices of our work and relationships. They are featured in our collaborations and trust-building activities, and guide all our relations with Creation and each other.

Demonstrating these values will guide us to a new way of living together.


MPHA’s membership includes individuals from a wide variety of health backgrounds such as community health nurses, public health nurses, health educators, public health inspectors, medical officers of health, epidemiologists, educational psychologists, nutritionists, podiatrists, environmental health officers, health researchers, dentists, community program planners, project coordinators, health administrators and community health directors, as well as concerned citizens. We welcome all interested members.

Board Members

In October 2019, to support the renewal of the Manitoba Public Health Association (MPHA), a group of dynamic public health leaders was nominated to guide the Association through a one year transition. Board member nominations for the 2019-2020 are now open and elections will be held at the October 2019 AGM.

Sande Harlos

Sande retired in 2018 from her position as a Medical Officer of Health serving the population of the Winnipeg Health Region. She has a passion for public health and throughout her career she has worked in a variety of areas.

Hannah Moffatt

Hannah has a Master of Public Health from Simon Fraser University. She believes we need to work upstream and involve community members to alter the institutions, polices, and practices that cause health inequities.

Sarah Prowse

Sarah has a Masters of Public Health from the University of Waterloo and an undergraduate degree in kinesiology from the University of Winnipeg. She has worked in community and public health for 15 years in the areas of physical activity, nutrition, oral health and healthy public policy.

Sheryl Bates Dancho
Board Member-at-large

Sheryl began her career as a Registered Dietitian at the Abbotsford hospital and finished as the Team Manager of the Public Health team in Point Douglas. In her retirement, she stays connected to community while chairing the board of the Healthy Start for Mom and Me and participating with the group “Cakes for Kids”.

Tyler Hebb
Board Member-at-large

Tyler is a certified Public Health Inspector who works with members of the community to ensure healthy built environments such as restaurants, daycares, swimming pools, and housing. He has addressed challenging and complex health issues during his term working in northern Manitoba.

Marion McKay
Board Member-at-large

Marion retired from the University of Manitoba’s College of Nursing in 2018. She has held clinical practice positions and focused her academic career on public health, social justice and the history of public health in Manitoba.

Craig Ross
Board Member-at-large

Craig has worked in public health for the last 6 years. He has extensive experience on boards in the past (Canadian Professional Association for Transgender Health, Rainbow Resource Centre, Head & Hands, Projets Autochtones du Québec) and present (Manitoba Underground Opera, Sunshine House).

Stephanie Van Haute
Board Member-at-large

Stephanie is a Métis woman from Winnipeg who has been a practicing Registered Nurse since 2003. Stephanie is the Program Development Officer of the Manitoba HIV Program and is working towards her Masters of Nursing with the University of Manitoba.

Pat Martin
Board Member-at-large

Pat has a degree in nursing and 38 years of experience in the field of public health practice. In her retirement, Pat serves on a variety of committees and boards, and enjoys singing each week with three choirs.

Elder Mary Wilson
Board Member-at-large

Known to many as Grandmother Of Four Directions and Walks With Wolves. Renowned in Canada and many parts of the world as a spiritual teacher, Spirit Walker, and Healer Mary’s gentle presence has touched many lives over the past forty years helping people heal, emotionally, physically, and spiritually.

Jan Sanderson
Board Member-at-large

Jan is the Research Chair for the School of Health Sciences and Community Services at Red River College. Over her career she has held positions with the Province of Manitoba, spanning a range of progressive assignments and was previously the CEO of Healthy Child Manitoba, an integrated, evidence-driven initiative, reporting to the Healthy Child Committee of Cabinet.

Louis Sorin
Board Member-at-large

Louis is an Indigenous person who has worked as a leader and executive within the community and at national and regional levels. He received his Master in Social Work from the University of Manitoba and subsequently completed a graduate certificate in Health Systems Leadership from Royal Roads University in Victoria, BC.

Kiri Shafto
Board Member-at-large

Kiri works in stakeholder engagement and knowledge mobilization. She has held various public health positions including mapping mosquito larval development sites, immunization and HIV/STBBI surveillance, and developing tools to embed the social determinants of health in decision-making.

Lea Mutch
Nominated for Board Member-at-large

Lea has a Master of Nursing Degree from the University of Manitoba.  Using Western and Indigenous ways of knowing, Lea’s focus is on improving the health and well being of Indigenous peoples.


The MPHA is affiliated with the Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA). CPHA’s mission is to enhance the health of people in Canada and to contribute to a healthier and more equitable world. You can find out more here.

The MPHA is part of a Canadian Network of Public Health Associations. A commentary by the Network in the Canadian Journal of Public Health (2019) described Public Health Associations as:

  • uniquely positioned to champion the public health perspective;
  • representing and connecting a diverse range of roles, professions, and stakeholders involved in public health; and
  • positioned for advocacy at the provincial/territorial, national, and international levels.


Members give the MPHA credibility, direction, authority and share their expertise and human resources. As an association, we are in a period of renewal, growth, and re-focusing. Join us and shape the direction of the MPHA.

Support evidence-informed public health advocacy
Become part of a collective public health voice
Gain access to learning opportunities and built your public health expertise
Become involved in committees and work groups
Increase your public health network
Stay informed on the latest public health events, activities and news


Starting October 2019, direct MPHA memberships will be available for purchase from this website.

  • Regular: $40
  • Student/Retired: $20
Please contact us if fees will be a barrier to joining the MPHA.
The Canadian Public Health Association also offers a conjoint CPHA-MPHA membership option. Click here for more information.
Free Membership
For a limited time only, to support the association’s renewal, MPHA is offering free memberships. Sign up for free today.

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