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School staff identified barriers, facilitators, and perceptions of implementing a school nutrition policy in a First Nation community schoolDownload
School health policies establish nutrition standards for schools and provide guidelines for the operation of a health-focused school environment. Little research has been conducted to understand implementation of school nutrition policies, and even fewer studies have assessed policy...
Throughout the twentieth century, tuberculosis (TB) was and continues to be a pressing health problem facing Canadians. Aboriginal peoples living in Canada carry a large burden of the disease with those living in the Prairie Provinces facing TB rates consistently higher than the national average....
Introduction. Helicobacter pylori infection is an emerging health concern to some northern Canadian Aboriginal communities and their clinicians. Clinicians in the north perceive H. pylori infection to be a major clinical problem because they find H. pylori infection in many patients evaluated for...
Through the Lens of the Youth: Exploring Culturally Relevant Physical Activity with a Northern Aboriginal Community Through Participatory Action ResearchDownload
Guided by an overarching participatory action research framework, this research explored physical activity within the sociocultural context of northern Aboriginal communities. I worked in partnership with the Yellowknives Dene First Nation Community Wellness Program in the Northwest Territories,...
Aboriginal populations constitute one of the largest ethnic populations in Canada. After initial contact with Europeans, these populations were frequently subjected to colonial treatment, including the creation of residential schools. The purpose of colonial treatment was to assimilate Aboriginal...
Disease manifestations of Helicobacter pylori infection in Arctic Canada: using epidemiology to address community concerns.Download
Objectives Helicobacter pylori infection, linked to gastric cancer, is responsible for a large worldwide disease burden. H pylori prevalence and gastric cancer rates are elevated among indigenous Arctic communities, but implementation of prevention strategies is hampered by insufficient...
Aims: This study aims to 1) provide a platform to discuss and document one First Nations community’s experiences and impacts of tuberculosis (TB); and 2) to understand the social context occurring within the community which may promote continual disease transmission. Methods: This...
Introduction: Despite limited understanding, research exploring Aboriginal communities’ perception of physical activity can have significant impact on developing culturally relevant health promotion strategies. Working with youth, this research offers a participatory approach to investigate...
Epidemiology and Use of Health Services for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease among Aboriginal Peoples in Alberta: Insights into Aboriginal Peoples’ Respiratory HealthDownload
Background: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a major respiratory disorder and a leading cause of morbidity and mortality. There is limited information about the burden of disease for COPD among Aboriginal peoples in Canada. Objectives: To compare the epidemiology and patterns of...
Challenges in conducting community-driven research created by differing ways of talking and thinking about science: a researcher’s perspective.Download
Increasingly, health scientists are becoming aware that research collaborations that include community partnerships can be an effective way to broaden the scope and enhance the impact of research aimed at improving public health. Such collaborations extend the reach of academic scientists by...