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Gwen Healey
Executive Director
Qaujigiartiit Health Research Centre

(Biography) Gwen Healey was born and raised in Iqaluit, Nunavut and it is in this community that she continues to live and work with her family. Gwen is the Executive Director of the Qaujigiartiit Health Research Centre (AHRN-NU) in Iqaluit, NU. Gwen is also working on her PhD in Public Health at the University of Toronto. It is well-known in Canada that northerners face a number of challenging circumstances when it comes to health. There are also tremendous strengths in communities to address local health concerns, such as a willingness to work together, traditions and customs that support healthy lifestyles and activity, and strong cultural pride. Drawing upon existing community strengths and resources, and building capacity to conduct research in the North, is the key to addressing a number of health concerns presently and over the coming years. For this reason, Gwen founded the Qaujigiartiit Health Research Centre (AHRN-NU). The goal of the Centre is to enable health research to be conducted locally, by northerners, and with communities in a supportive, safe, culturally-sensitive and ethical environment, as well as promote the inclusion of both Inuit Qaujimajatuangit and western sciences in addressing health concerns, creating healthy environments, and improving the health of Nunavummiut. The network includes health research centers based in the Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut. Since Qaujigiartiit's inception in 2006, community workshops have been delivered across Nunavut on health research methods; research skills; health promotion planning and evaluation; proposal writing; and ethical conduct in research from a community perspective. We have also supported and/or initiated community research projects examining climate change and health; food security; child and youth mental health and wellness; women's health; sexual health; and public health. For more information about the Qaujigiartiit Health Research Centre (AHRN-NU) and on-going initiatives, please visit the website www.nunavut.arctichealth.ca

 

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Housing, Health, and Well-Being Across the Arctic: Regional, Local, and Family Perspectives

Diarrheal Illness and Enteric Infections Among Young Children in Nunavik and Nunavut

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