Stephanie Montesanti


My research program applies multi-level interventions aimed at promoting population health and address health inequities. Specific areas of focus include the design and evaluation of culturally-strengthening community-led interventions to address non-communicable diseases (NCDs) among Indigenous populations in Canada and globally; domestic and family violence prevention; and transforming Primary Health Care (PHC) as a setting best suited to address the social determinants of health and promote health equity. My research engages with communities, health service providers and decision-makers, and patients to examine culturally-appropriate interventions at multiple levels and at different stages of the life course to promote positive health and mental health outcomes among Indigenous and other at-risk population groups. For instance, preconception interventions are a set of health promotion, educational, counselling and policy interventions that aim to identify and modify risks to women and men's health or pregnancy outcome. Additionally, I am examining mental health concerns in First Nation and Metis communities in the region of Wood Buffalo as risk factors during preconception.

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March 8, 2024

#InspireInclusion through women’s health research

Celebrating International Women’s Day 2024

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November 20, 2023

For every child, every right. World Children’s Day

For World Children’s Day 2023, “for every child, every right,” we are highlighting a few stories from the past year that show incredible advances in children’s health research thanks to support from the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation.

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August 29, 2023

New Canada Research Chair aims to advance a health systems approach to family violence response and prevention

Health policy and systems researcher Stephanie Montesanti is among the newly named Canada Research Chairs at the U of A.

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April 28, 2023

‘A new way of doing research’: Indigenous communities and U of A allies partner to support family, women and children’s well-being

Six-year, $16-million project will look at outcomes of culturally appropriate programs supporting healthy pregnancy and families, childbirth and early development.

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June 16, 2022

Recognizing family violence as a serious public health issue

This Edmonton project will measure readiness of Primary Care Networks to offer interventions and support.

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