The network is led by Gert Mulvad (University of Greenland), Anastasia Emelyanova (UOulu), and Anna Rönkä (UOulu). The website is coordinated by a core team working in the area of Arctic Health at the Thule Institute, University of Oulu, Finland.
The goal of the Thematic Network on Health and Well-being in the Arctic is to support sustainable development on health and well-being in populations in the circumpolar regions. The network aims to do so by
- promoting research projects and education on health;
- organizing research training;
- distributing scientific information.
The network will base its research and higher education activities on the contemporary needs and priorities of the circumpolar regions and aims to promote a multidisciplinary approach to improve social circumstances for the populations, both in regard to health and well-being as well as delivery of health care and social services in the Arctic.
The topics in research and education
The important topics, such as mental wellness, demographic change, gender issues, research ethics, social aspects of urbanization, marginalization, and violence are being outlined with the partners. New important field of research and education is One health which is holistic view to health, and it combines many already mentioned topics and also different disciplines together.
The results of the questionnaire 2018
In January-February of 2018, the TN Health in the Arctic circulated the questionnaire to its members with the aim of identifying the involvement and developmental prospects. We have updated the research and educational activities to which the members were involved and profiled their interests for the future ones. Total of 32 respondents, it was found out that two thirds of members are actively involved on several levels: (1) Leading the network, (2) Organizing and co-teaching PhD courses, (3) Cooperating in joint projects concerning environmental and human health and presented at the UArctic and ICCH congresses, (4) Learning and receiving mobility grants to participate at the summer schools for students. Several population groups have found to be most addressed in the studies such as women and children, elderly people, Indigenous people, as well as other priority research lines in environmental health, health care system and multidisciplinary research. The important food for thoughts was to point out the need for anchor projects to work on together and apply for joint grants and funding for the further courses.
More results can be seen here.
Examples of research activities:
The One Health is a multidisciplinary approach to health risks and risk mitigation for humans, animals, plants and the environment. At the moment there are several research projects on-going: CLINF led by Birgitta Evengård (Nordic Centre of Excellence, climate change effects on infectious diseases, 2016-20); Nunataryuk led by AWI (Horizon project, Permafrost thaw and the changing arctic coast: science for socio-economic adaptation, 2017-22); and One Arctic – One Health (SDWG project of Arctic Council; see: SDWG website and UArctic website. There is also collaboration with INTERACT (EU funded project, 2012-2020) in the monitoring of possible vectors for zoonotic diseases.
“One Health in Northern Communities and Ecosystems” MA level course application received funding from the UArctic Project Funding for Cooperation Activities within the Framework of the University of the Arctic (UArctic). A group of international experts in One Health with involvement of our TN will develop and offer the course to students in 2021-2023. Project contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Healthy ageing in the Arctic is a topic attracted several scholars from the Thematic Network and developed via several channels: (1) received funding from the Nordic Council of Ministers 2020-2022 for the project "Indigenous and non-indigenous residents of the Nordic-Russian region: Best practices for equity in healthy ageing (NORRUS-AGE)". (2) TN members working for the "healthy ageing" theme within the Northern Dimension Institute ThinkTank Action project. (3) TN members contributing to the TN on "Ageing and Gender in the Arctic" project “AGE-Arctic”. Projects contact: email@example.com.
Circumpolar Maternal and Child Health Working Group
The Maternal and Child Health Working Group’s vision is to promote and advocate for a human-rights based approach to improving health outcomes and equity in the circumpolar region. The Group aspires to: i) nurture collaborative relationships both within the groups as well as across and beyond the region, ii) offer support to maternal and child health projects, iii) advocate for ethical collaborations with Indigenous people and their families, and iv) and produce scientific articles that can contribute towards improving the health and well-being of Arctic mothers, children and families. More information, group members and research focus see in the Group Statement. Contact: Christine Ingemann (firstname.lastname@example.org)
In collaboration with partner universities and institutes of the TN and other organisations there are running-on Summer/Winter schools and workshops for Master and PhD students. Summer/Winter schools are arranged as an add-on to relevant conferences, allowing Master and PhD students to engage in networking and present their research at conference venues throughout the Arctic. Master’s program in the Health and Well-being in the Circumpolar Area (led by UOulu and endorsed by UArctic) was a joint international effort to establish a long-lasting education program. It was running from 2005 to 2017, and there were graduated altogether 20 Masters, and two of those have also finished their PhD studies.
- Summer/winter schools and workshops for the years 2010-2016 can be seen here
- International research projects can be seen here
- Working groups and programs can be seen here
Current and Planned Activities
- Upcoming PhD course "New Technology and Community Perspectives in Arctic Health Research" on 13-15 Nov 2021 in Nuuk and online, see the announcement.
- Developing the MA course “One Health in Northern Communities and Ecosystems” funded by UArctic, 2021-2023
- Coordination and participation in the networking and research ongoing project "Indigenous and non-indigenous residents of the Nordic-Russian region: Best practices for equity in healthy ageing (NORRUS-AGE)", 2020-2022
- Participation in the Lancet Commission on Arctic Health: Accelerating Indigenous Health and Well-being, February 10-13, 2020, Dartmouth College, USA, ongoing
- AMAP Human Health group has online meetings for preparing the next assessment in 2021, ongoing
- Research visits and exchanges
- Collaboration with other UArctic Thematic Networks such as the Working in the Arctic network, Ageing and Gender in the Arctic, and the Northern Nursing Education.
- ICASS X, June 15-20, 2021, Arkhangelsk, Russia, online
- UArctic Congress 2021, May 15-18, 2021, Reykjavík, Iceland, online
- ASSW21 panel on One Health, March 25, 2021, Lisbon, Portugal, online
- PhD course in Nuuk, Greenland, October 31 - November 2, 2020, University of Nuuk
- Summer School in Arctic Health, August 10-21, 2020, University of Copenhagen
- One Health - One Future conference, March 11-14, 2020, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks
- DWG AHHEG, Finnish co-chairmanship 2017-2019
- Nunamed X – Movement in Health, October 5-7, 2019, Nuuk, Greenland. Deadline for submission of abstracts: 15th August, 2019
- PhD Course in conjunction with Nunamed X: "Community based health research – methods and strategies", October 2-7, 2019, Nuuk, Greenland
- One Arctic – One Health Conference 2019, 07-09 February, Oulu, Finland
- ICCH17, 12-15 August 2018, Copenhagen, Denmark
- Summer course in Arctic Health, 12-15 August 2018, Copenhagen, Denmark
- PhD course, 26-30 June 2018, Nuuk, Greenland
- Summer School on Arctic Health, August 2017 at the University of Copenhagen
- Participated in the organization of ICASS IX, June, 2017, Umeå, Sweden. Theme on Health & Well-being.
- Organised of a PhD course in connection with the ICASS IX, June 2017, Umeå, Sweden
- Collaborative Arctic Summer School in Epidemiology (CASE), June 2017, Arkhangelsk, Russia
- Master's program in Health and Well-being in the Circumpolar Area, 2009-2017, at the University of Oulu