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MSc and MPH students in Arviat, Nunavut

Graduate students Eleanor Vandermeer (MPH '15) and Laura Davis (MSc '16) recently sent the Department of Public Health Sciences pictures from Arviat, Nunavut.

Eleanor is currently on her Master of Public Health Practicum (EPID 888) in which she is carrying out an evaluation of the Community Cluster Plan in Arviat, Nunavut. Eleanor explained, “I will be interviewing program coordinators, collecting budget information, calculating program coverage, facilitating focus groups with participants and performing a random sample survey to find out whether community members know about the existing programs".  Eleanor hopes that her results and recommendations will be used to inform the development of the next Community Cluster Plan.

Laura is currently carrying out research on the description and patterns of pop consumption amount Canadian children, with a focus on pop consumption in Nunavut where consumption tends to be high. Laura explained, "While in Arviat, I am interviewing principals and teachers who run the Drop the Pop program, a program which encourages school-aged children to make healthy food and beverage choices".  Laura will also be interviewing health professionals, the oral health therapist and store managers to get their opinions on pop consumption and the negative health consequences in the community.

As well as carrying out their respective research projects both have had the opportunity to go dog sledding, snowmobiling and were able to see the northern light.