About the Community of Interest

Coordinators: Brea Lowenberger, Director of CREATE Justice, College of Law, and Erin Wolfson, Community Engagement Specialist, Division of Social Accountability, College of Medicine

The Justice and Health Partnership Community of Interest is a collaboration between CREATE Justice, College of Law and the Social Accountability Division, College of Medicine. A ‘Community of Interest’ (CoI) brings together individuals who are “interested in a common problem so they can develop and share new knowledge that will help improve understanding and action around that problem”.

The proposed objectives of this CoI are to, on the topic of justice and health, continue to foster collaboration among interested stakeholders by:

-       Establishing a platform (online and offline) for those who are engaged or would like to be engaged in the exchange and development of knowledge;

-       Fostering research connections;

-       Encouraging action-oriented collaboration on potential ‘on the ground’ partnerships among justice and health practitioners, including community-based organizations and agencies that are already engaged in interdisciplinary practice;

-       Inspiring interdisciplinary teaching and learning opportunities; and

-       Sharing, establishing, and supporting the implementation of best practices through capacity building and knowledge sharing. 

Project background

The Justice and Health Partnership COI has emerged in the context of the 2017 Dean’s Forum on Access to Justice and Dispute Resolution. In its deliberations, the forum identified justice and health partnerships as one of the critical components of access to justice. For more information, read the students’ report on Expanding Engagement: Creating Connections Between Delivery of Justice and Health Services [law.usask.ca, Winter 2017 Student Policy Discussion Paper] and  Follow-Up Report & Summary Notes on Expanding Engagement: Creating Connections Between Delivery of Justice and Health Services [law.usask.ca, Winter 2017 Summary Notes].

As a first step following the forum, a lecture on “Expanding Engagement: Creating Connections Between Delivery of Justice and Health Services” was delivered by Michele Leering, founder of the Rural Justice & Health Partnerships Project, on October 18, 2017 during the second annual Saskatchewan Access to Justice Week.  This lecture attracted attendance and interest from campus and community members from the justice and health sectors alike. For a link to the recorded lecture, please email justicehealth_coi@usask.ca.

Get involved

We are interested in serving as conveners of people who are interested in justice and health partnerships and are seeking suggestions, ideas, and input to establish this CoI. Please email us at justicehealth_coi@usask.ca to share your interest in the objectives of the CoI. 

To subscribe to our listserv, which will enable you to communicate and receive communications from others about justice and health partnerships through our electronic email list, please email justicehealth_coi@usask.ca with "subscribe" in the subject line. 

Questions about the Justice and Health Partnership COI? Email justicehealth_coi@usask.ca.