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Collaborative approaches to wellness

and health equity in the Circumpolar North

Proceedings of the 2017 Northern, Rural, and Remote Health conference


Collaborative approaches to wellness and health equity in the Circumpolar North: Proceedings of the 2017 Northern, Rural, and Remote Health conference


Guest Editors

Dr. Ashlee Cunsolo, Labrador Institute

Nathaniel Pollock, Labrador Institute


Submission Deadline

March 1, 2018


Details of the Special Issue

The Canadian Society for Circumpolar Health has partnered with the International Journal of Circumpolar Health to publish a special issue related to the 2017 Northern, Rural, and Remote Health conference. This issue is an effort to synthesize key messages, and share knowledge and highlights from the conference with a wider audience. The intent is to help bridge local insights, evidence, and experiences in health innovation, with the ongoing global dialogue on community and health system transformation in Indigenous and circumpolar health. Conference delegates from across disciplines and roles including Indigenous leaders, community and academic researchers, health system decision-makers, clinicians, educators, students, and members of the public, are invited to contribute to this special issue.


The inaugural Northern, Rural, and Remote Health conference was an international forum dedicated to sharing knowledge, experience, and innovations in community health. This was an effort to promote and strengthen transdisciplinary dialogue on critical issues related to health and health care in rural, Northern, and Indigenous communities in Canada and abroad. The conference was jointly organized by the Canadian Society for Circumpolar Health and the Society of Rural Physicians of Canada. It took place in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada from October 6 to 9, 2017.


The #NRRH2017 brought together leaders in Indigenous health, health and social service professionals, community workers, government representatives, policy and decision-makers, educators, researchers, students, and citizens with an interest in all aspects of health in northern, rural, and Indigenous communities. The primary aim was to stimulate collaboration, reflexivity, and learning related to public health, clinical services, and community-based care. More specifically, the conference:


  1. Examined the intersections and impacts of environmental, social, and political change on health;

  2. Envisioned future designs of northern and Indigenous health systems, and health professional education;

  3. Promoted partnerships and knowledge sharing across health and social care sectors;

  4. Explored local evidence and innovations in community-based programming, health service delivery, and teaching and learning;

  5. Fostered dialogue on best practices in research methods and methodologies.


The scientific program of the #NRRH2017 was built around seven themes that explored the connections between key determinants of health. Themes included:


  1. Climate Change and Planetary Health

  2. Future Healers and Health Systems

  3. Reconciliation and Indigenous Health

  4. Mental Wellness and Suicide Prevention

  5. Innovations in Rural Care and Health Services

  6. Community Well-being, Culture, and Resilience

  7. Technology and Simulation as Clinical and Teaching Tools


Submission Guidelines

The editorial team will consider commentary essays, original research, review articles, case studies and program reports, and methodological/theory papers that reflect major themes of the conference, synthesize key messages, and extended conversations that were sparked during the event.



  • The maximum length for articles for the special issue is 3,500 words for original research and reviews; all other papers should be no more than 1,500 words.


  • Authors should request in the cover letter that the manuscript be considered for the Northern, Rural, and Remote Health special issue, and may suggest up to two potential peer reviewers. The editorial team will arrange for peer review of articles that pass through the initial screening.


  • As the special issue is supported by the Canadian Society for Circumpolar Health, there are no open access fees for authors, though the issue will be available online at no cost.


  • The deadline to submit a manuscript is March 1, 2018.


  • The estimated publication date is late 2018 or early 2019.

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