Welcome to our 2019 summer students!

This year we have three summer students joining our team from Canada, Peru, and the UK! Over the course of the summer, each student will work on a project assessing the impacts of environmental change on health.

Etienne de Jongh is an Undergraduate Research Initiative (URI) student joining us from the University of Alberta; Andrea Valdivia Gago joins us from Cayetano Heredia University; and Alexandra Nunns joins from the University of Leeds through the University of Alberta Research Experience (UARE) Program.

Read the students’ bios on the Climate Change and Global Health Research Group website!

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.