Aleck Ostry Health Research Awarded CIHR Funding

Health geographer, Aleck Ostry, has been awarded support by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) to investigate the critical health data gaps that exist for Indigenous communities in BC. “Accurate and culturally appropriate health data that is under the control and ownership of Indigenous communities is essential to determine overall health and possible changes in health,” says Ostry, “especially as these communities increasingly face difficult environmental health challenges due to climate change and industrial development.” Ostry says the CIHR grant will help develop a system of health indicators that are adapted to best fit the unique conditions faced by Indigenous people in some of BC’s most remote communities.