Reproductive Choice. Researcher april 2013 – june 2014
Reproductive Choice – Examining the Social, Cultural, Environmental and Physiological Dynamics of Pregnancy in Greenland is a 3-year collaborative study focusing on Greenlandic ways of perceiving, understanding and experiencing pregnancy. Future generations of Greenlanders and Greenlandic culture and practices are in jeopardy due to high abortion rates and low birth rates. This project will examine the individual, social, cultural, environmental and physiological factors that appear to have the greatest influence on Greenlandic women’s and men’s reproductive choices. Reproductive Choice will be implemented in Kullorsuaq in northwestern Greenland. The target population for the study is Greenlandic women and men, ages 15 to 49 years. Reproductive Choice is an interdisciplinary international, collaborative community based participatory research (CBPR) study involving the University of Greenland, local health and community partners in Greenland, Indiana University and Montana State University.
Reproductive Choice will also contribute to our understanding of the complexity of the factors that may be influencing a declining Arctic population. Through the use of focus groups with varied stakeholders to interpret study results, Reproductive Choice will develop and provide recommendations to policy makers in Greenland regarding how to improve the reproductive health of Greenlanders.
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Inuulluataarneq. Project Manager from 2009- 2013
Inuulluataarneq is funded by the National Science Foundation – Award No. 0908151. Supplementary grant was awarded in 2010 by NSF, and the Government of Greenland, specifically for students, competency building and information dissemination of the Inuulluataarneq Project. The Principal investigator is Dr. Elizabeth Rink at MSU–Montana State University.
The purpose of Inuulluataarneq (Having the Good Life) is to develop, implement, evaluate and disseminate a sexually transmitted infection (STI) intervention. It focuses on Greenlandic ways of understanding and knowing about healthy sexual behavior. The target population is 15 to 19 year old adolescents and their parents. Inuulluataarneq is conducted as an interdisciplinary international, collaborative community based participatory research (CBPR) study involving researchers and students from the United States, Canada, Denmark and Greenland. Inuulluataarneq is implemented in Uummannaq and Paamiut.