1.2 Promote research, sustainable development, and community resilience to address health disparities associated with underlying social determinants of health and well-being.

Health is influenced by a wide range of social, economic, and ecological factors; indeed, there is a clear link between the social determinants of health and health inequalities (Reading and Wien 2009). Hence, it is important to understand social-ecological systems and how they influence the health and well-being of individuals and communities.

Performance elements from the Arctic research plan

  • 1.2.1 In collaboration with the ANTHC and the State of Alaska, support development of Arctic Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) innovations and characterize the health consequences associated with decreased access to in-home water and sanitation services.
  • 1.2.2 Together with the ANTHC, the Commission for Environmental Cooperation, the Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation, and Bristol Bay Health Corporation, support research on the health impacts of poor indoor air quality, especially in children. Support source testing and technologies to improve indoor air quality.
  • 1.2.3 Support educating and connecting Arctic residents with museum collections and archival materials to improve community mental health and well-being through efforts such as The Health of Heritage.
  • 1.2.4 Synthesize knowledge on sustainable development among Arctic communities; develop a state-of- the-art understanding of social-ecological systems in the Arctic context; and amass case studies of best practices that support well-being and sustainable development across the Arctic.

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