Participatory research for chronic disease prevention in inuit communities

Joel Gittelsohn, Cindy Roache, Meredith Kratzmann, Rhonda Reid, Julia Ogina, Sangita Sharma

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To develop a community- based chronic disease prevention program for Inuit in Nunavut, Canada. Methods: Stakeholders contributed to intervention development through formative research (in-depth interviews (n=45), dietary recalls (n=42)), community workshops, group feedback and implementation training. Results: Key cultural themes included the perceived healthiness of country foods, food sharing, and importance of family. During community workshops, key problem foods for intervention were identified as well as healthier culturally and economically acceptable alternatives for these foods. Behaviors for promotion were identified and prioritized. Conclusions: This approach resulted in project acceptance, stakeholder collaboration, and a culturally appropriate program in stores, worksites, and other community venues.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)453-464
Number of pages12
JournalAmerican Journal of Health Behavior
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2010


  • Chronic disease
  • Community participation
  • Food store intervention
  • Formative research
  • Inuit

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Social Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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