Diverse methodological approaches to a Circumpolar multi-site case study which upholds and responds to local and Indigenous community research processes in the Arctic.

Healey Akearok GK, Chaliak AJ, Cueva K, Cook D, Larsen CV, Jóhannsdóttir L, Nilsson LM, San Sebastián M, Peterson M, Timlin U, Broderstadt AR, Dagsvold I, Siri S, Olesen I, Stoor JPA, Rautio A, Rink E, Lavoie JG

Int J Circumpolar Health 83 (1) 2336284 [2024-04-04; online 2024-04-04]

This paper outlines the methodological approaches to a multi-site Circumpolar case study exploring the impacts of COVID-19 on Indigenous and remote communities in 7 of 8 Arctic countries. Researchers involved with the project implemented a three-phase multi-site case study to assess the positive and negative societal outcomes associated with the COVID-19 pandemic in Arctic communities from 2020 to 2023. The goal of the multi-site case study was to identify community-driven models and evidence-based promising practices and recommendations that can help inform cohesive and coordinated public health responses and protocols related to future public health emergencies in the Arctic. Research sites included a minimum of 1 one community each from Canada (Nunavut,) United States of America (Alaska), Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Finland. The approaches used for our multi-site case study provide a comprehensive, evidence-based account of the complex health challenges facing Arctic communities, offering insights into the effectiveness of interventions, while also privileging Indigenous local knowledge and voices. The mixed method multi-site case study approach enriched the understanding of unique regional health disparities and strengths during the pandemic. These methodological approaches serve as a valuable resource for policymakers, researchers, and healthcare professionals, informing future strategies and interventions.

Category: Public Health

Category: Social Science & Humanities

Type: Journal article

PubMed 38573784

DOI 10.1080/22423982.2024.2336284

Crossref 10.1080/22423982.2024.2336284

pmc: PMC10997363

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