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Title: Development of a Women’s Health and Well-Being Track at the 14th International Congress on Circumpolar Health in Yellowknife, NWT July 2009 eoi - Progress update (pdf)

Summary of Activity

The Women’s Health Working Group (WHWG) of the International Union of Circumpolar Health (IUCH) has reactivated at the 13th International Congress of Circumpolar Health in Novosibirsk in June 2006. Participants initially identified at least four areas of mutual interest, including but not limited to 1) perinatal health systems and challenges, 2) infectious disease, particularly HPV and new vaccine; 3) interpersonal violence prevention and 4) health communication and health literacy. A WHWG listserve was begun in summer 2006 to facilitate communication among the group. To date, this listserve includes about 50 names and is coordinated by WHWG Chair, Dr. Rhonda Johnson of the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA). This increased communication assisted in the development of Women’s Health track at the International Network of Circumpolar Health Researchers meeting in Banff, AB in April 2007, including at least one presentation in each of the four areas of general interest. The membership confirmed interest in developing a Women’s Health and Well-Being track at the 14th International Congress of Circumpolar Health to be held in Yellowknife, NWT in summer 2009. Subcommittees were formed in Banff and work is underway. Collaborative research between workgroup members is actively encouraged.


Dr. Rhonda Johnson
University of Alaska Anchorage
Department of Health Sciences
3211 Providence Drive, Diplomacy Suite #404, Anchorage
Tel: 907-786-6545
Mobile: no
Fax: 907-786-6545

ID number: EOI 1223
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