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New Public Health Practitioners Bursary from CPHA

The Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) is pleased to announce the New Public Health Practitioners Bursary for the 2009 CPHA Annual Conference. Themed "Public Health in Canada: Strengthening Connections", the conference will be held at the Winnipeg Convention Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba from June 7 to 10, 2009.

The purpose of the bursary is to provide an opportunity for entry-level public health practitioners to attend CPHA's Annual Conference - the largest knowledge exchange and networking event for public health in Canada. The conference will be a forum for sharing our progress on addressing the structural silos that create health inequalities in our society.

Bursaries will be provided to at least one new public health practitioner from each province/territory and will help to ensure that public health practitioners across Canada have the opportunity for networking, professional growth and skills development.

The bursary, funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada, will cover the costs of conference registration, travel, accommodation and per diem for each recipient.

Bursary Deadlines

  • Launch of 2009 Bursary Program--February 4, 2009
  • Application Deadline--February 27, 2009
  • Notification to Successful Bursary Recipients--March 16, 2009
  • Deadline for Acceptance--March 20, 2009


The New Public Health Practitioners Bursary is open to a cross section of entry-level public health practitioners, including public health nurses, health inspectors, health educators, social workers, nutritionists, epidemiologists, program planners and management.

For the purpose of this Bursary, an entry-level public health practitioner is defined as a person who is a non-physician, graduated from a post-secondary institution in the last five years, and is employed in a local/regional level public health organization.

Applications will be reviewed and scored according to a point system.   Please download the application form at

The deadline for applications is Friday, February 27, 2009.

For further information, please contact CPHA Conference Services at 613-725-3769 x126 or or visit