Since CHE-Alaska's last update on Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR) with the communities of Sivuqaq (traditional name for Saint Lawrence Island) in 2017, an additional six peer-reviewed papers have been published (see reference section below) with findings pertaining to the effects of persistent organic pollutants (POP’s) on the Arctic ecosystem, food web, and people. Concerns over health disparities including cancer, thyroid disease, diabetes, heart disease, and birth defects have motivated members of Sivuqaq communities of Savoonga and Gambell to investigate the connection between health disparities and environmental contamination from POPs and toxic metals such as mercury.
The Arctic region is disproportionately exposed to POPs through the process of global distillation. Sivuqaq, located in the Arctic, is also subject to contamination from two abandoned cold-war era military sites located on the island. There are diverse sources of POPs and toxic substances on Sivuqaq; leading to ongoing exposures of the Yupik people of Sivuqaq through contaminated air, water, and traditional foods.
Please join us for an update on these CBPR projects and to hear the latest findings from these and related studies from Savoonga resident and Community Work Group member Sandra Gologergen and co-authors of these papers, Sam Byrne and Viola (“Vi”) Waghiyi.
A list of published peer-reviewed papers, news articles, and previous CHE-Alaska webinars on this topic are listed on ACAT’s CHE-Alaska webpage: https://www.akaction.org/community-based-science-to-protect-future-generations/