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Rev. Dr.Ali Tote

Program Director of Master of Theological Studies in Healthcare & Parish Nursing

for more information about this program, please visit these pages: MTS, Healthcare Core Courses


  • PhD (Epidemiology & Community Health), College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan
  • Certificate in University Teaching
  • MDiv (Honours), Lutheran Theological Seminary Saskatoon
  • Diploma in Adult Psychology
  • BSc (Natural Science) Equivalency

Vocational Work & Ministry

  • Resurrection Lutheran Church (Pastor), Saskatoon, SK, November 2010 – Present
  • Department of Community Health & Epidemiology, College of Medicine, U of S (Instructor), Saskatoon, SK, Sept 2015 - present
  • Carrot River Valley Lutheran Parish (Pastor), Fairy Glen, SK, June 2006 – July 2010
  • Messiah Lutheran Church (Intern), Prince Albert, SK, August 2005 – May 2006
  • L’Arche Edmonton (Assistant and House Leader), Edmonton, AB, 1998 – 2001
  • Église Évangélique du Cameroun (EEC) (Lay Minister with responsibilities for preaching, mission development, pastoral care, & journal co-editor), Yaoundé, Cameroon, (Sept 1991 – December 1998)


Current research

Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan Infectious diseases, food safety, and public policy program (Postdoctoral research)

  • Currently conducting multilevel statistical analyses of data from community-based participatory research (CBPR) on water safety and health in First Nation communities in Saskatchewan and the Yukon, with a policy analysis to follow research findings

Co-investigator - National research project on mental health, February 2014 - ongoing

  • Collaborative research with an interdisciplinary team on the mental health of Francophone immigrants in Canada outside of Quebec. Research funded by the Consortium National the Formation en Santé (CNFS). Université St Boniface. Feb 2014 - ongoing

Healthcare Consultant with OSEELC - Ngaoundéré, Cameroon, Africa, April 2014 - present

  • Ongoing consulting (on a volunteer basis) with the national healthcare system (Oeuvre de Santé) of the Église Évangélique Luthérienne au Cameroun (OSEELC) with regular working trips to Cameroon, Africa
  • Collaborative work and research on healthcare system improvement with special focus on research, primary health care, health promotion, healthcare system framework and evaluation, infectious diseases, and policy

Past research


  • Multivariable analyses using multiple linear regression of Statistics Canada's large survey data (SVOLM 2006 & CCHS 2007) to examine potential predictors of self-rated health among official language minority older adults in Canada.
  • Policy survey and analysis of all provincial official minority language services policies


Articles in refereed journals

  • Tote A, Leis A, Denis W, Karunanayake C. Lost in Policy Translation: Canadian Minority Francophones and Health Disparities. “Canadian Public Policy Journal”. November 2015
  • Dupuis-Blanchard S, Villalon L, Tote A. Vieillir en santé en situation minoritaire linguistique au Canada: enjeux, défis et mobilisation collective. “Global Health Promotion”. April 2014.
  • Tote A, Leis A, Denis W, Karunanayake C. Determinants of Self-rated Health of Francophone Seniors in Minority Situation in Canada. “Linguistic Minorities and Society”. December 2013.

Published Abstracts

  • Tote A, Leis A, Denis W, Backman A, Karunanayake C. Policies, Policy Regimes, and Health Disparities among Minority Francophone Older Adults in Canada. Health, Wellness, & Society, March 2014.
  • Tote A, Leis A, Karunanayake C, Pahwa P, Denis W, Backman A, Janzen B. Characteristics and determinants of self-rated health of minority francophone seniors living in Canada and their access to health services in French. The World Congress of Epidemiology Conference, August 7-11, 2011, Edinburgh, Scotland. Published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health 2011;65:A455 p.73
  • Tote A, Leis A, Karunanayake C, Denis W, Backman A. Characteristics and determinants of self-rated health of minority francophone seniors living in Canada and their access to health services in French. 20th IUHPE Conference on Health Promotion, Geneva, Switzerland, July 11-15, 2010

Relevant Training & Presentations


  • Health Informatics. University of Saint Andrews, Saint Andrews, Scotland, UK
    • Analysis of health linked data for health services research
  • Infectious Disease Epidemiology training. University of Bielefeld, Bielefeld, Germany
    • HIV/AIDS, Malaria, Measles, Norovirus, H1N1 (Swine) Flu, prevention and surveillance, pandemic preparedness, outbreak investigation and surveillance
  • Statistical & GIS Analysis of Health Data, University of Regina, Regina, SK
  • Emerging Diseases training, Vienna, Austria
    • HIV/AIDS, Malaria, Chikungunya, and other tropical diseases
  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) training for health research within Official Languages Minority Communities, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON
  • Religion and Health Research training, Duke University, Durham, NC
  • Spirituality and Healing in Medicine training, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

Selected Presentations

  • Keynote address “Parish Nursing & the dismantling of inequities in healthcare” Canadian Association for Parish Nursing Ministry (CAPNM) national conference. Saskatoon, SK. June 2015
  • Disparities, health services policies, and Minority Francophone Older Adults in Canada. QICSS International Conference on Social Policy and Health Inequalities. Montreal, QC, May 2014
  • “Health of communities and communities for health” panel presenter, health forum of the Société Santé en français de la Saskatchewan. Saskatoon, SK, May 2014
  • Policies, policy regimes, and health disparities among minority Francophone older adults in Canada. Health, Wellness, & Society Conference, Vancouver, BC, March 2014
  • Minority status and self-rated among seniors in Canada. “Our Future is Aging” Conference. Halifax, NS, Nov 2013
  • Television interview with CBC – French
  • Invited response to a national report showing increasing challenges for elderly care in Canada responding to how this may affect Official Language Minority older adults. Société Radio-Canada (CBC - French). 6 PM News Saskatchewan. August 19, 2013
  • Facteurs liés à la santé perçue des ainés francophones en situation minoritaire au Canada. “Société Santé en Français” conference. Ottawa, ON, Nov 2012
  • La santé des ainés en milieu minoritaire francophone. Forum Santé du Réseau Santé en Français de la Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK, May 2012
  • Determinants of Self-rated Health among Official Language Seniors Living in Minority Situation in Canada. 4th International Colloquium on local and regional health programs. Ottawa, ON, June 2011


  • Canadian Society for Epidemiology & Biostatistics (CSEB), Ottawa, ON
  • American College of Epidemiology (ACE), Raleigh, NC, USA
    • Member of the Minority Affairs Committee (MAC)
  • International Society for Infectious Diseases (ISID), Brookline, MA, USA
  • International Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE), Saint-Denis, France
  • Canadian Institute for Research on Linguistic Minorities (CIRLM), Moncton, NB
    • Associate Researcher
  • Réseau de Recherche Interdisciplinaire sur la Santé des Francophones en Contexte Minoritaire (RISF), Ottawa, ON (translated in English as network for interdisciplinary research on the health of Francophones in a minority context)
  • CRISH, Canadian Research Institute of Spirituality and Healing, Vancouver, BC

Grants, Awards, & Scholarships

  • CNFS research team grant ($37,000) for research on the mental health of immigrants
  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) award September 2009 – Aug 2011
  • University of Saskatchewan Graduate scholarship September 2008
  • University of Saskatchewan Graduate Education Equity Scholarship September 2007

Other Service Work

  • Saskatchewan Synod council member (Oct 2015 – present)
  • AIDS Saskatoon board member (June 2015 – present)
  • L’Arche Saskatoon mentor/accompanier (2011 – present)
  • Lutheran Bible Translators Canada board member (April 2013 – Sept 2015)
  • Canadian Mission Committee – Saskatchewan Synod member (2008 – 2015)
  • InterChurch Health Ministries Saskatchewan board member (20011 – 2015)