Inuusinni Aqqusaaqtara – My Journey: Meeting the Information Needs of Inuit Living with Cancer

  • Savanah Ashton Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada
  • Tracy Torchetti Canadian Cancer Society
Keywords: Inuit; Inuktut language; community health; cancer care; patient resources

Abstract

The Inuit Cancer Project aims to help Inuit better understand cancer and improve communication between Inuit with cancer and non-Inuit healthcare providers and support services. The project has created resources that are culturally relevant, appropriate, and accessible to Inuit patients and the healthcare providers working with them. Not only are we helping to educate and empower Inuit patients and their families, but also better educating healthcare providers around the importance of cultural knowledge in cancer care. Our ultimate goal is to improve health outcomes by increasing awareness and understanding of cancer among Inuit communities. This project is a collaboration between Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada and the Canadian Cancer Society. It highlights how partnerships with organizations, both big and small, and connected with the community, can have a real impact. 

Author Biographies

Savanah Ashton, Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada

is the manager of health policy and programs at Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada. She is primarily responsible for the overall management of the health department and projects and policy initiatives related to Inuit health and well-being in arctic communities and urban hubs. With over ten years of combined experience in project management and stakeholder engagement, her priority areas include sexual and reproductive health, cancer care, and substance use and addiction. 

Tracy Torchetti, Canadian Cancer Society

is director of cancer information and policy at the Canadian Cancer Society. She oversees a knowledge translation and dissemination team responsible for developing cancer information on topics ranging from risk reduction to treatment, supportive care, and statistics. Her background is in medical anthropology and adult literacy. Most recently, she helped develop cancer resources for Inuit patients and healthcare professionals in Canada’s Arctic. Email: Tracy.Torchetti@cancer.ca 

Published
2020-10-27
How to Cite
Ashton, S., & Torchetti, T. (2020). Inuusinni Aqqusaaqtara – My Journey: Meeting the Information Needs of Inuit Living with Cancer. Engaged Scholar Journal: Community-Engaged Research, Teaching, and Learning, 6(1), 101-111. https://doi.org/10.15402/esj.v6i1.70734