Amanda Boyd is the recipient of a 2016 Arctic-FROST fellowship. As part of this award she was invited to present her recent research on environmental health risk communication at the annual Arctic-FROST meeting in Vienna, Austria.
She has also partnered with collaborators on two new studies on communicating about contaminants, both funded by the Northern Contaminants Program of Canada. Boyd is working with partners at Laval University, University of Hawaii and Trent University to evaluate what the Inuit populations in Nunavik (an Arctic region of Canada) know and would like to know in regards to health messaging and dietary recommendations related to mercury exposure during pregnancy.
A second study involves assessing First Nation’s risk perceptions and awareness of current messages related to contaminants in traditional foods. Working with partners at Trent University and University of Waterloo, this research will inform project communication plans in the Northwest Territories and provide baseline data to evaluate the impact of public health messages over time.