Jen Jones has a Master of Public Health from the University of Alaska Anchorage where she completed a thesis looking at stakeholder perspectives of a health impact assessment completed on a proposed coal mine in Alaska. Jen also has 20 years experience working in the North. She has worked in Aboriginal health and community wellness with a recent focus on resource development and human health. Jen is the principal consultant of Jen Jones Project Consulting and has worked for Yukon First Nations, Yukon Government, and non-government organizations.
Jen is beginning a PhD in fall 2014 at Guelph University. There she will look at mechanisms to assess the impacts of resource development on Aboriginal health and well-being within the context of the impacts of colonialism and assimilation policies. Upon completing this next degree, Jen anticipates returning to the Yukon.
See Jen’s C.V. here.
Jen has begun her Doctoral research entitled “Considering the Legacy of Colonial and Assimilation Policies in the Assessment of Resource Development“. This research will look for the best method of assessing the effects of mining industry developments on the health and wellness of Aboriginal communities in northern Canada. In June 2015 the University of Guelph announced that Jen had been awarded the prestigious Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation Scholarship to support her studies.
Here is a brief summary of her research focus that will be supported by the Trudeau Foundation:
Environmental assessment has long struggled effectively to identify and mitigate community and human health impacts associated with the development of mines, especially in Northern jurisdictions that are largely Indigenous. The advent of health impact assessments and impact and benefit agreements has paid attention to community health and well-being. Coinciding with the development of these new mechanisms has been a focus on the social determinants of health (SDH). Used when assessing a mine, a SDH-based methodology helps reveal factors informing health and well-being and any disparities. But missing from contemporary assessment practice is a nuanced understanding of how the legacies of colonialism and assimilation affect Indigenous health and well-being. Jen’s doctoral research seeks to conceptualize the impacts of colonialism and assimilation policies on Indigenous health and well-being for use in the routine assessment of mine development.
Jen will be doing some of this research work in the Yukon in 2015-2016. Stay tuned for more updates on this work and other ReSDA related activities.
Local perspectives of the ability of HIA stakeholder engagement to capture and reflect factors that impact Alaska Native health – Jen Jones, Nancy A. Nix, Elizabeth Hodges Snyder – International Journal of Circumpolar Health 2014, 73: 24411
Jones, J. 2013. Stakeholder Perceptions of the Wishbone Hill Health Impact Assessment. Master of Public Health at the University of Alaska Anchorage. August 2013. Available here.
University of Guelph