May 18, 2007
Three U of S researchers have received more than $800,000 over three years to study aboriginal health topics.
The funding, from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), will go to research on immunization rates among aboriginal children in Saskatoon, healthy body weight and image among rural aboriginal women, and the health and wellbeing of on-reserve aboriginal youth.
Dr. Cory Neudorf, the vice-president of research with the Saskatoon Health Region and a clinical associate professor in the College of Medicine, will receive $282,000 to examine the rate of immunization of aboriginal and non-aboriginal children to identify possible cultural differences.
Jennifer Poudrier, an assistant professor of Sociology, will receive $300,000 to work with aboriginal women through Photo Voice – a technique where women are given cameras to record their own perceptions – and also use interviews, sharing circles, and elder knowledge to identify gaps in community health services that address obesity.
Assistant Professor Pammla Petrucka, from the College of Nursing, will receive $233,000 to identify factors affecting health and well-being among youth on the Standing Buffalo First Nation, near Fort Qu’Appelle. She will gather young people’s personal perspectives and use the information to guide future interventions to address issues like suicide prevention, obesity, substance abuse, and mental illness.
The grants are part of $1.2 million in CIHR funding for Saskatchewan health research announced in April.
Office of Communications, University of Saskatchewan