The Qaujigiartit Health Research Centre

In Nunavut, the Qaujigiartiit Health Research Centre (QHRC) promotes the concept that research can be used as a tool for action. The Piliriqatigiinniq Partnership Model for Community Health Research (ᐱᓕᕆᖃᑎᒌᓐᓂᒃᑯᑦ ᓄᓇᓕᓐᓂ ᐋᓐᓂᐊᖃᕐᓇᙱᑦᑐᓕᕆᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᖃᐅᔨᓴᕐᓂᖅ) was developed by the QHRC in response to a community-identified need for health research that explores topics of concern to Nunavummiut, the people who reside in Nunavut. The model is built upon the principle that multi-disciplinary collaboration strengthens research projects, provides added perspective to data analysis and contributes to greater dissemination and implementation of findings across sectors. It also reinforces the vision for health research that acknowledges the importance of both Western science models and Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit (Inuit traditional knowledge).The Piliriqatigiinniq Partnership Model is used as a guide for the development of each health research project implemented at the QHRC. The model is a reminder to look beyond the scope of what is defined as “health” and “research” to include knowledge holders and stakeholders from other disciplines and walks of life.

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