Data collection for Qanuippitaa? National Inuit Health Survey begins in Nunatsiavut
Data collection for the Qanuippitaa? National Inuit Health Survey (QNIHS) officially began Thursday, October 6, in Hopedale. The Department of Health and Social Development is leading this initiative, with a team of four fieldworkers traveling to each Labrador Inuit community this fall.
This national program aims to address the health and wellness needs of Inuit across Inuit Nunangat. The QNIHS is a permanent survey, with data collection taking place every five years. The survey will create an up-to-date database that reflects the status of Inuit health.
The Qanuippitaa? National Inuit Health Survey is the first of its kind to be completely Inuit owned, led and determined, and will redefine Inuit self-determination in health research. Inuit of all ages, from every community in Inuit Nunangat, are included in the survey. Its inclusivity will serve to capture the varying health needs based on age and geographical location for all Inuit.
Participation in the survey is voluntary. Participants are selected randomly based on the survey’s demographic requirements. Participation is an excellent opportunity for Inuit to have their voices heard on what matters to them in the areas of health, wellness and health services.
Janine Lightfoot, Nunatsiavut Government Inuit Health Survey Manager.
Data collection in Hopedale kicked off with a community feast and meet-and-greet. The event included addresses from Hopedale AngajukKâk Marjorie Flowers and Ordinary Member and Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Terry Vincent.
“The Qanuippitaa? National Inuit Health Survey will be an invaluable tool for decision making within the Nunatsiavut Government,” says Nunatsiavut President Johannes Lampe. “The information being gathered in the coming weeks will create an evidence base that will be used to better understand the status of health and wellness for Inuit in Nunatsiavut. I encourage Inuit participating in the survey to take this opportunity to voice your opinions and express what matters most to you.”