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Cheryl Currie | 2014 Speakers

Assistant Professor, University of Lethbridge

Lethbridge, Canada

Dr. Cheryl Currie is an assistant professor in the faculty of health sciences at the University of Lethbridge. Dr. Currie has worked in problem gambling research and prevention, both as an academic and as a research analyst for the gambling regulator in Manitoba. She holds a PhD in public health from the University of Alberta, and uses her expertise in this field to inform her research on problem gambling etiology and prevention. She teaches courses in epidemiology, public health and aboriginal health, and has more than 10 years of experience designing and implementing gambling-focused studies in Alberta, Manitoba and Ontario.

Refocusing our Efforts to Promote Responsible Gambling: The Importance of a Public Health Lens

Public health is, in essence, the science of prevention. In 1999, Korn & Shaffer published a seminal paper encouraging the adoption of a public health perspective in the gambling field. The science of public health has rapidly expanded since that time and there remains much that the gambling field can learn from public health evidence, frames of reference and practice.

This presentation will frame rapidly evolving and evidence-informed public health models and strategies within a gambling context, and discuss the insights that can be gained from these perspectives. Audience members will be encouraged to view and comment on the information presented from various angles throughout the presentation. Participants will learn new ways of thinking about the gambling behaviour of various populations and will be able to use the information presented to examine current responsible gambling frameworks in Canada, see potential gaps they may have not noticed before, and consider strategies to address them.

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