Renata Rosol



Project Manager for the Health Effects Monitoring Program in Yellowknife, Ndilo and Dettah, Northwest Territories
Department of Biology University of Ottawa

Research interests

Public Health: community health, health promotion and communication, epidemiology, environmental health










I hold a bachelor's degree in Environmental Biology from McGill University (2002), and a mater's degree in Public Health from Simon Fraser University (2010).
Most of my experience is related to working with Aboriginal communities in the area of community and environmental health. My first project was with a Cree community in Northern Quebec where over two years I established relationships, collected fast food and fish samples, analyzed them for fatty acid content, and created communication materials to promote healthy eating.
In 2007-2008, as part of the International Polar Year, I worked as a Research Coordinator on a large project called the Inuit Health Survey. This study was conducted across the Canadian Arctic where we visited 53 communities across 3 Inuit regions: Nunavut, Inuvialuit Settlement Region and Nunatsiavut. During this time I created all recruitment and communication related documents, collaborated with local stakeholders, trained field staff, and collected data. Then, in 2010-2011, I had the opportunity to work and live in a small community in western part of Nunavut called Taloyoak, where I implemented a health promotion program called Healthy Foods North. This work consisted of working closely with local organizations to promote healthy eating and lifestyles among adults and children by organizing community-wide activities such as health fairs, cooking classes, taste tests, radio announcements, activity clubs and much more. During this time I also promoted Nunavut’s Public Health Strategy across the Kitikmeot region of Nunavut comprised of five communities, by working closely with local organizations and health committees to plan more health-related activities at the community level.
Currently (since 2017), I manage a longitudinal cohort study called Health Effects Monitoring Program (YKHEMP) in Yellowknife, Ndilo and Dettah, NT (, with Dr. Laurie Chan. The aim of this long-term study is to establish a current baseline of contaminant exposure and possible health effects among the populations, and then continue to monitor the populations throughout the Giant Mine remediation activities.


Chan HM, Hu XF, Cheung J, Rosol R, et al. “Cohort Profile: Health Effects Monitoring Program in Ndilo, Dettah, and Yellowknife (YKHEMP)” (in progress).

Rosol R, Powell-Hellyer S, Chan HM. “Impacts of decline harvest of country food on nutrient intake among Inuit in Arctic Canada: impact of climate change and possible adaptation plan”. International Journal of Circumpolar Health 2016, 75:31127.

Huet C, Rosol R, Egeland GM. “The prevalence of food insecurity is high and the diet quality poor in Inuit communities”. Journal of Nutrition 2012, 142:541-547.

Rosol R, Huet C, Wood M, Lennie C, Osborne G, Egeland GM. “Prevalence of affirmative responses to questions of food security: International Polar Year Inuit Health Survey, 2007-2008”. International Journal of Circumpolar Health 2011, 70(5):488-497.

Sharma S, Gittelsohn J, Rosol R, Beck, L. “Addressing the public health burden caused by the nutrition transition through the Healthy Foods North nutrition and lifestyle intervention programme”. Journal of Human Nutrition and Diet 2010; Oct 23 Suppl 1:120-127.