Bridging Mining Community Health and Sustainability in British Columbia

CIM Montreal 2011
Janis Shandro, Malcolm Scoble, Mieke Koehoorn, Aleck Ostry,
Abstract Mining is a key economic driver for the western Canadian province of British Columbia (BC). As such, many rural and northern BC communities are economically dependant on mining. While mining does contribute substantial economic benefits to these communities, emerging research has demonstrated a need to mitigate negative impacts to the economic and social conditions under which people live that determine their health. This paper describes an active process, known in the population health field as Knowledge Translation (KT), taken on by researchers at the University of British Columbia and the University of Victoria to share synthesized findings from health research focused on northern, rural BC mining communities. The main objective of this KT process aims to enable the development and inclusion of social determinants of health to add value to future planning for mineral development and mine community sustainability.
Keywords: mining community, Health, Knowledge Translation, sustainabililty
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