Welcome to Edmonton, Andrea!

Andrea Valdivia Gago is an undergraduate student in nutrition at Cayetano University in Peru. Andrea is visiting the University of Alberta this summer to work on a project examining nutrition and seasonal changes in nutritional status in Shawi communities. She is co-supervised by Carol Zavaleta and Sherilee Harper.

Welcome to Edmonton!

New Publication! Promoting Inuit health through a participatory whiteboard video


Saini, M., Roche, S., Papadopoulos, A., Markwick, N., Shiwak, I., Flowers, C., Wood, M., Edge, V., Ford, J., Rigolet Inuit Community Government, Nunatsiavut Government, IHACC Research Team, Wright, C., Harper, S. (2019). Promoting Inuit health through a participatory whiteboard video. Can J Public Health. doi: 10.17269/s41997-019-00189-1


Setting: The Inuit community of Rigolet experiences greater rates of self-reported acute gastrointestinal illness (AGI) compared to southern Canada.

Intervention: A whiteboard video tool was collaboratively developed by Rigolet youth, community members, the research team and key regional stakeholders to share public health recommendations for reducing the risk of AGI. The video debuted in Rigolet at a community event in August 2016 and was later provided online for community members and local and regional health departments. Interviews and focus group discussions were used to evaluate the ability of the video to communicate public health information to community members in Rigolet.

Outcomes: Community and government viewers reported that the whiteboard video was novel and engaging. Evaluation participants believed the video was suitable for promoting Inuit health because of the use of locally relevant visuals and narrative, which reflect Inuit art and storytelling traditions. Furthermore, participants indicated that the video co-development process was critical to ensuring community relevance of the video. Short-term outcome results suggest the video can reinforce health knowledge and potentially encourage behavioural change.

Implications: The results suggest this whiteboard video was an effective tool to share information and could increase intention to change behaviours to reduce the risk of AGI in Rigolet. While tools like the whiteboard video are gaining popularity, the participatory approach was used to develop the video, and its use in an Inuit context illustrates its innovation and novelty. This tool may be a useful health promotion tool among Indigenous communities in Canada.


IHACC PhD Student Receives National Knowledge Translation Award!

Congratulations to IHACC PhD student Steven Lam for receiving a National Collaborating Centres for Public Health’s Knowledge Translation Award at the Public Health 2019 conference in Ottawa this week!

Steven receives this award for his PhD research project, “Towards gender transformative changes: the potential role of collaborative evaluation and integrated knowledge translation” , which synthesizes experiences from scholarly evaluations and draws synergies between evaluation and knowledge translation to inform public health programs.

Winning projects were assessed based on the project’s relevance to knowledge translation in public health; creativity/innovation shown in the project; scholarliness of the project; potential impact of the project; and quality and degree of support of academic supervisor. See the full list of winners on the National Collaborating Centres for Public Health 2019 website!

Congratulations Steven!

Congratulations! MSc Student Rosa Silvera Awarded Funds to Attend EcoHealth Course

Congratulations to Rosa Silvera, MSc student at Cayetano University in Peru, on her successful application to the Peruvian National Fund for Science, Technology and Technological Innovation (FOND-CYT)!

This funding will support Rosa in attending the CoPEH Canada EcoHealth Course at the University of Northern British Columbia this summer.

Congratulations, Rosa!

IHACC Team Member Among World’s 100 Most Influential People in Climate Policy in 2019

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IHACC team member Mark New was recently listed among the 100 most influential people in climate policy globally by Apolitical - a peer-to-peer learning platform for governments.

2019 is the first year of the Climate 100 list, which celebrates the most influential politicians, civil servants, academics, and activists from across the globe each year. Nominations for these individuals come from hundreds of public servants as well as experts from organizations including the United Nations Development Program and the Climate Action Network, among others.

See the full list on the Apolitical website here.