CANHelp Working Group www.canhelpworkinggroup.ca

CANHelp Working Group www.canhelpworkinggroup.ca Responding to community concerns, the CANHelp Working Group formed to investigate health risks from Helicobacter pylori infection in the Canadian Arctic.

(For who we are, click About, Description, See More) The Canadian North Helicobacter pylori (CANHelp) Working Group conducts community-driven research in northern Canadian Aboriginal communities to address concerns about H. pylori infection, a chronic bacterial infection that causes peptic ulcer disease and stomach cancer. This highly collaborative endeavour depends on strong and sustained interdi

sciplinary and intersectoral partnerships. Partners include: community members and governance organizations, healthcare providers, researchers, and health research networks. Director & Lead Investigator
Karen J Goodman, Epidemiologist, University of Alberta

Working Group Members
Laura Aplin, Fieldwork Management Lead, University of Alberta
Billy Archie, Aklavik Community Member
Diane Archie, Community Development Director, Invuvialuit Regional Corporation
Robert Bailey, Director, Northern Health Services Network
Hsiu-Ju Chang, Research Administration Lead, University of Alberta
Susan Chatwood, Director, Institute for Circumpolar Health Research
Darius Elias, Old Crow Member of the Legislative Assembly, Yukon
Richard Fedorak, Associate Vice-President (Research), University of Alberta
Christopher Fletcher, Anthropologist, Laval University
Brendan Hanley, Chief Medical Officer of Health, Yukon
Kami Kandola, Chief Public Health Officer, Government of NWT
Monika Keelan, Microbiologist, University of Alberta
John Morse, former Medical Director, Stanton Territorial Health Authority
Rachel Munday, Nurse-In-Charge, Aklavik Health Centre
Leah Seaman, Public Health Physician, Inuvik Regional Hospital
Sander van Zanten, Gastroenterologist, University of Alberta
Jody Butler Walker, Director, Arctic Institute for Community-based Research
Yutaka Yasui, Biostatistician, University of Alberta

Trainees
Public Health: Amy Colquhoun, Katharine Fagan-Garcia, Janis Geary, Emily Hastings, Kate Williams, Megan Lefebvre, Monica Sierra, Ashley Wynne
Gastroenterology: Justin Cheung, Amy Morse
Microbiology: Maysoon Mahmoud
Anthropology: Sally Carraher

Dr Sander van Zanten is retiring and Dr Karen Goodman is collecting comments of appreciation for his work. As many of yo...
01/24/2024

Dr Sander van Zanten is retiring and Dr Karen Goodman is collecting comments of appreciation for his work. As many of you may remember, this work includes being Lead Gastroenterologist for the CANHelp Working Group, where he took many trips to northern communities to do scope tests on folks and speak to patients and whole communities about stomach health.

If you have any kind words you’d like to pass along, please do so here: https://www.kudoboard.com/boards/CV3pDnY5

His retirement celebration is January 26, when comments may be shared, but otherwise please submit comments at your convenience for Dr van Zanten directly.

Kudoboard is an online replacement for the greeting card that you pass around and sign!

Check out our paper on H. pylori disease burden! Over the years these results have been disseminated and discussed in th...
06/12/2019

Check out our paper on H. pylori disease burden! Over the years these results have been disseminated and discussed in the communities and at scientific meetings, but this is the first publication from our work reporting H. pylori prevalence and related disease burden.

And as always, let us know if you have any questions!

https://bmcpublichealth.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12889-019-7065-x

Indigenous communities across the circumpolar north have elevated H. pylori (Hp) prevalence and stomach cancer incidence. We aimed to describe the Hp-associated disease burden among western Canadian Arctic participants in community-driven projects that address concerns about health risks from Hp inf...

Learn about bacteria and other causes of disease in this short animated video!https://youtu.be/1BvmkJFHxsg
09/05/2018

Learn about bacteria and other causes of disease in this short animated video!

https://youtu.be/1BvmkJFHxsg

Learn about bacteria and other causes of disease in this short video!

Here's an opportunity for Indigenous students and community members to participate in a workshop in Vancouver in the sum...
02/27/2018

Here's an opportunity for Indigenous students and community members to participate in a workshop in Vancouver in the summer:

Summer Internship for Indigenous Peoples in Genomics Canada
http://indigenoussts.com/sing-canada/sing-canada-2018/

SING Canada’s inaugural week-long program will take place from 29 July – 4 August 2018 at Simon Fraser University. Organized around the theme of Conservation and Health Genomics, Indigenous participants will be led by a multi-disciplinary team of faculty members in investigating the role of geno...

Even the H. pylori stuffed toys are getting into the holiday spirit around the CANHelp Working Group office.
12/19/2017

Even the H. pylori stuffed toys are getting into the holiday spirit around the CANHelp Working Group office.

11/28/2017

People in Inuvik asked us to share some information about what the breath test is, so we made a video!

If you'd like to join the Inuvik ISR H. pylori Project, book an appointment with Kathy at 678-5291. We are recruiting participants until December 15th.

10/13/2017
This is a great article about difficulties scientists have travelling! We have our own stories travelling for CANHelp wo...
06/28/2017

This is a great article about difficulties scientists have travelling! We have our own stories travelling for CANHelp work.

Once, I (Janis) had to fly down with a bunch of breath tests to Fort Worth, Texas, as our own machine to read the tests had broken. We prepared all the paperwork we thought we needed from the Centers for Disease Control to confirm they breath samples weren't infectious and safe to take on a plane. When I arrived at the airport, they questioned me about these samples, stating that I hadn't checked of the right box for them. The box they wanted me to check was for "commercial samples" and since we weren't planning on selling them, or any other breath, I tried to explain that while I called them "samples" they weren't actually what was being asked for in that question.

The security agent said dramatically "Ma'am, you are bringing these samples into the United States of America and you need to declare them". So I decided to just check the box and enter that they had a value of $0. He was confused but allowed it and off I went.

It became an ongoing joke for awhile about the underground trade of clean, Canadian air into the USA :)

And other tales from the intersection of science and airport security

It was great for CANHelp to get to know some FOXY researchers!
05/31/2017

It was great for CANHelp to get to know some FOXY researchers!

It was a busy week for the CANHelp Working Group www.canhelpworkinggroup.ca last week. From meetings and presentations t...
10/03/2016

It was a busy week for the CANHelp Working Group www.canhelpworkinggroup.ca last week. From meetings and presentations to farewells and a certificate ceremony. Check the photos for more details.

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The CANHelp Working Group is a large team made up of community leaders, health care providers, and academic researchers....
10/03/2016

The CANHelp Working Group is a large team made up of community leaders, health care providers, and academic researchers. We are profiling members so that you can get to know the team.

Please meet Hsiu-Ju Chang, Sally Carraher, Skye Russell and Richelle Redekop

Like our post if you have met these team members in the community! Comment on what you have seen them doing your community!

Researchers from the CANHelp Working Group and the Aklavik H. pylori Project Planning Committee have started a new resea...
09/27/2016

Researchers from the CANHelp Working Group and the Aklavik H. pylori Project Planning Committee have started a new research project looking at traditional medicines.

The Aklavik H. pylori Project Project Planning Committee is inviting Aklavik residents to take part in this research study to help learn more about knowledge and use of Indigenous medicines among Aklavik residents.

Bonnie Lyn Koe will be working over the next few months in Aklavik and asking a short questionnaire that will only take around five minutes to complete. Facebook messenger her to set up a time to fill out the questionnaire or you can call her at 978-2005

09/24/2016

Janis Geary from the CANHelp Research Group presenting on the research work they do in the north in collaboration with communities in NWT and Yukon. Their 10+ years of research partnerships has been growing and built on strong collaborations with local Indigenous communities.

09/23/2016
09/22/2016

Initiated by the Aklavik H. pylori Project planning committee, the CANHelp Working Group www.canhelpworkinggroup.ca has started a traditional medicine spotlight project. We will be studying Aklavik traditional medicines to learn how many people are using different medicines, if people know about different types of treatments for stomach ailments, and if local medicines are able to kill H. pylori bacteria in a laboratory.

Megan Luke and Yi Wen Zhang , from Edmonton, have been busy in Aklavik collecting the medicines with local knowledge holders this past week.

More information and pictures to come!
Share this post with your friends and family that may be interested in learning more about the project.

Great to see the continued development of the Arctic Inspiration Prize!
09/21/2016

Great to see the continued development of the Arctic Inspiration Prize!

In its 5th year the Arctic Inspiration Prize is taking steps to give more ownership to Northerners.

Hi Everyone,Emily, will be in Aklavik September 26 - October 8th. She is looking to talk about mercury exposure and stom...
09/21/2016

Hi Everyone,

Emily, will be in Aklavik September 26 - October 8th. She is looking to talk about mercury exposure and stomach health. Any Aklaivk residents who were H. pylori positive and had a scope test are invited to participate.

Please see the poster for more information and tag a friend that maybe interested.

The CANHelp Working Group is a large team made up of community leaders, health care providers, and academic researchers....
09/14/2016

The CANHelp Working Group is a large team made up of community leaders, health care providers, and academic researchers. We are profiling members so that you can get to know the team.

Please meet Karen Goodman, Janis Geary, Emily Walker, and Ali Assi.

Like our post if you have met these team members in the community! Comment on what you have seen them doing your community!

09/14/2016

The CANHelp Working Group is a large team made up of researchers, community leaders, and health care providers. We are profiling members so that you can get to know the team.

Please meet Karen Goodman, Janis Geary, Emily Walker, and Ali Assi.

Like our post if you have met these researchers in the community! Comment on what you have seen them doing your community!

Interesting article about partnering with Indigenous communities for research.
09/07/2016

Interesting article about partnering with Indigenous communities for research.

In the rugged Sahtú Region of Canada’s Northwest Territories, a district so remote that in winter only a single treacherous ice road connects it to the outside world, life revolves around caribou. For millennia, the Dene people lived as nomads, tracking vast herds across the Sahtú and harvesting the...

We couldn’t resist another throwback Thursday to 2014 when Community Project logos and drawing submissions were permanen...
08/25/2016

We couldn’t resist another throwback Thursday to 2014 when Community Project logos and drawing submissions were permanently installed outside the Centre of Excellence for Gastrointestinal Inflammation and Immunity Research at the University of Alberta.

We are looking forward to future community projects logos! Please share this photo of the installation or post it for your friends and family to see. Have a great weekend!

08/25/2016

Throwback Thursday to the CANHelp Working Group community projects logos. These artworks capture the imagination and creative spirit of community members and were selected in local projects contests in Aklavik (2007), Old Crow (2010), and Fort McPherson (2012). Stay tuned for more logos of other participating communities in the Northwest Territories and Yukon. Aklavik, Northwest Territories, Old Crow, Yukon Territory, Fort McPherson, Northwest Territories

Like this post if you have participated in these contests, know the artists, or simply like these beautiful artworks. Share with your fellow community members or friends to let them know about our page. Thank you.

The CANHelp Working Group recently met with UAlberta North Knowledge Partnership and Community Engagement Officer, Elain...
08/22/2016

The CANHelp Working Group recently met with UAlberta North Knowledge Partnership and Community Engagement Officer, Elaine Alexie. We shared an overview of the CANHelp Working Group’s research activities and discussed opportunities with UAlberta North.

We are looking forward to future collaborations together. Thank you for coming to learning about our team Elaine.

If you would like to learn more about our work please like our page! You can also find more information on our website: http://canhelpworkinggroup.ca/

Congratulations to Yi Wen Zhang, one of our summer students, who did a great job presenting a poster in the University o...
08/19/2016

Congratulations to Yi Wen Zhang, one of our summer students, who did a great job presenting a poster in the University of Alberta International's Symposium this week.

Her poster provided an overview of the CANHelp Working Group program and an introduction of her data analysis that aims to estimate the incidence and re-infection rate of H. pylori infection in Old Crow.

Let us know if you have any questions. Have a great weekend!

TBT to one of the first CANHelp Working Group project planning trips to Old Crow. Aug 2009. Yep, it snowed. Luckily we g...
07/22/2016

TBT to one of the first CANHelp Working Group project planning trips to Old Crow. Aug 2009. Yep, it snowed. Luckily we got some berries the day before!

Throwback Thursday to the first group of research assistants that traveled to the north as part of the CANHelp Working G...
07/14/2016

Throwback Thursday to the first group of research assistants that traveled to the north as part of the CANHelp Working Group, to Aklavik in Dec 2007 (picture: Janis Geary in the Health Centre)

Our group's panel discussion about doing good research in remote communities was very well-received. Congratulations to ...
05/03/2016

Our group's panel discussion about doing good research in remote communities was very well-received. Congratulations to everyone involved!

Check out the photos from the Transforming Healthcare in Remote Communities conference, held last week in Edmonton.  You...
05/03/2016

Check out the photos from the Transforming Healthcare in Remote Communities conference, held last week in Edmonton. You may see a few familiar faces!

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