IHACC - Indigenous Health Adaptation to Climate Change

External primary investigator: Dr Sherilee Harper, University of Alberta

External co-investigators: The arctic team: Dr. Victoria Edge Public Health Agency of Canada, Dr. Chris Furgal Trent University, Dr. Ashlee Cunsolo Labrador Institute of Memorial University, Charlie Flowers University of Guelph, Inez Shiwak Rigolet Inuit Community Government. The Peru team: Dr. Cesar Carcamo Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Dr. Patricia Garcia Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Dr. Carol Zavaleta Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia. The Uganda team: Dr. Shuaib Lwasa Makerere University, Didacus Namanya Ugandan Ministry of Health, Dr. Mark New University of Cape Town.

Postgraduate students: Melanie Flynn, Bianca Van Bavel, Ingrid Arotoma, Guilia Scarpa

The IHACC Program first launched in 2010 and aimed to examine the health effects of climate change and developing and evidentiary base for adaptation in Indigenous communities in Peru, Uganda, and the Canadian Arctic. It was originally focused on food security, AGI, and vector-borne disease. In 2016, the IHACC Team was successful in securing funding from CIHR to continue building on previous IHACC work, with a focus on adaptation as it relates to Indigenous food systems, food security, and food safety. The IHACC Program has now expanded to include a focus on the climate-food-health nexus. While the adaptation field has traditionally been dominated by research about adaptation, IHACC continues to seek to contribute to the growing field of research for adaptation; that is, research which is explicitly designed to inform policy and practice.

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