Lindsay works at the First Nations Health Authority as Senior Aide to the Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Evan Adams. Prior to this, she worked as a consultant for the Castlemain Group, which provides advisory services to First Nations communities throughout Canada.
Lindsay received a Masters of Science in Community Health from the University of Northern BC. For her thesis, she developed a partnership with a First Nations community to explore the connections between the land and well-being, using an innovative photography-focused research method called “photovoice.” The project won a Kloshe-Tillicum Aboriginal Health Research Award. Throughout her studies, she worked as a coordinator for the Community of Practice in Ecosystem Approaches to Health (COPEH-Canada) and the Ecohealth Knowledge to Action Research Group. Because of these experiences, she is a huge ecohealth advocate!
Lindsay began her career working with the NWT Regional Medical Health Officer on public health, environmental health and health promotion projects. After completing a Bachelor of Science at the University of Alberta, she worked as an intern in rural Uganda where she led a variety of health and education projects with children and youth affected by HIV/AIDS. She has also managed a research-based chronic disease prevention program based in Inuvik, which aimed to address food security issues in northern communities.
Lindsay was born and raised in Yellowknife, NWT.
Thesis: Connections Between Land and Wellbeing: Perspectives of First Nations Youth in the Community of Saik’uz
Specific research interests include:
Ecosystem Approaches to Health (Ecohealth)
Community-Based Research Methodologies
Rural and Remote, Indigenous health and well-being
Nature and health
2013 & 2011- Sunlife Financial Rural and Remote Health Award, University of Northern BC
2013- McLean Foundation Scholarship, University of Northern BC
2013 & 2011- Graduate Scholarship, University of Northern BC
2012- Kloshe Tillicum Aboriginal Health Research Masters Fellowship
2012- UNBC Research Project Award
2012- Best Student Poster/Presentation Award: Northern Health Research Days
2011 & 2006- Canadian Auto Workers Local 2304 Bursary
2011- Ecohealth Training Award, Community of Practice in Ecosystem Approaches to Health (CoPEH-Canada
2009- Research Fellowship, Aurora Research Institute (ARI)
2007- Lee Global Education Award, University of Alberta
2006- Smitty Muyers Memorial Scholarship, Yellowknife Elks Lodge #314
2003 & 2006- The Yellowknife Direct Charge Co-op Scholarship
Publications (peer reviewed):
Bains, A., Pakseresht, M., Roache, C., Beck, L., Sheehy, T., Gittelsohn, J., Corriveau, A., Sharma, S. (2013) Healthy Foods North improves diet among Inuit and Inuvialuit women of childbearing age in Arctic Canada. Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics. doi: 10.1111/jhn.12134
Kolahdooz, F., Mathe, N., Katunga, L.A., Beck, L., Sheehy, T. Corriveau, A. Sharma, S. (2013). Smoking and dietary inadequacy among Inuvialuit women of child bearing age in the Northwest Territories, Canada. Nutrition Journal. 12 (27).
Erber, E., Beck, L., Hopping, B.N., Sheehy, T., De Roose, E., Sharma, S. (2010). Food patterns and socioeconomic indicators of food consumption amongst Inuvialuit in the Canadian Arctic, Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics, 23, 59–66.
Erber, E., Beck, L., De Roose, E. & Sharma, S. (2010) Prevalence and risk factors for self‐ reported chronic disease among Inuvialuit populations. Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics, 23, 43–50.
Sharma, S., Gittelsohn, S., Rosol, R., Beck, L. (2010) 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 Dietetics, 23, 120–127.
Erber, E., Hopping, B.N., Beck, L., Sheehy T., De Roose, E. & Sharma, S. (2010) Assessment of dietary adequacy in a remote Inuvialuit population. Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics, 23, 35–42.
Hopping, B.N., Erber, E., Beck, L., De Roose, E. & Sharma, S. (2010) Inuvialuit adults in the Canadian Arctic have a high body mass index and self‐reported physical activity. Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics, 23, 115–119.
Cao, X., Erber, E., DeRoose, E., Beck, L., Gittelsohn, J., and Sharma, S. (2010) Assessment of dietary intake in an Inuvialuit population undergoing a rapid nutrition transition. Journal of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology. 24, 559.
Publications and Reports (not peer reviewed):
Northern Health (2012). Northern Health Position on the Environment as Context for Health. Parkes MW, LeBourdais C, Beck L, Paterson J, Rose C. Zirul C, Yarmish K and Chapman RC (Contributing Authors). Collaboration between Northern Health and the University of Northern British Columbia. Prince George, BC. Available online at: http://www.northernhealth.ca/Portals/0/About/PositionPapers/documents/EnvironmentContext%2 0Health_V2_20120725_WEB.pdf
McCullagh S, Hunter B, Houle K, Massey C, Waltner-Toews D, Lemire M, Saint-Charles J, Surette C, Webb J, Beck L, Parkes M, Woollard R, Berbés-Blázquez M, Feagan, Halpenny C, Harper S, Oestreicher S, Morrison, K (Eds.) (2012). Ecosystem Approaches to Health Teaching Manual. Canadian Community of Practice in Ecosystem Approaches to Health. Available at: http://www.copeh-canada.org/upload/files/teaching_manual_ecohealth.pdf
Sharma, S., Mead, E., Gittelsohn, J., Beck, L., Roache, C. (2010). “The Healthy Foods North nutrition and lifestyle intervention program: a community‐ and evidence‐based intervention trial among Inuit and Inuvialuit in Arctic Canada”. CIHR‐IPPH and CIHI‐CPHI Call for Case Abstracts for a New Publication: Population Health Intervention Research Casebook.
Beck, L. Building Healthier Communities through Healthy Foods North. (2010). Tusaayaksat: the magazine of Canadaʹs Inuvialuit people. Fall 2010.
Beck, L., Paivalainen, A. (2008). Transforming approaches to tackle HIV in Uganda. University of Alberta Express News: Student View.
Beck, L. (2007) Influenza Vaccine Program for the Northwest Territories (NWT) 2007/2008 season. 19:3.
Beck, L. (2007) Hepatitis C Virus in the North: Review and Epidemiology EpiNorth, 19:2.
Beck, L. (2006) Influenza Vaccine Program for the NWT 2006/2007. EpiNorth, 18:3.
Beck, L., Thomas, J., & Parkes, M. (2013). Connections Between Land and Well-being: Perspectives of First Nations Youth in Northern British Columbia. 8th Annual UNBC Graduate Research Conference, Prince George, BC. March 1, 2013. [Poster Presenter]
Beck, L. (2012). Connections Between Land and Well-being: Perspectives of First Nations Youth in Northern British Columbia. Northern Health Research Days, Prince George, BC. November 15,16, 2012. [Poster Presenter]
Beck, L. (2012). Connections Between Land and Well-being: Perspectives of First Nations Youth in Northern British Columbia. Ecohealth 2012 International Conference, Kunming, China. October 15-18, 2012. [Poster Presenter]
Oestreicher, J.S., Chen, P., Gislason, M., Hahn, M., Limay, V., Beck, L. (2012). Student contributions to field-building in EcoHealth: Symposium. Ecohealth 2012 International Conference, Kunming, China. October 15-18, 2012. [Convener]
Parkes, M., Morisson, K., Hollstrom, L., Hamilton-Bogart, B., Beck, L. (2012). Strengthening Capacity and Valuing Career Pathways that Link Health, Ecosystems and Equity. Canadian Public Health Association Conference, Edmonton AB, June 11-14 2012. [Panel presenter]
Beck, L., Paivalainen, A. (2009). “Building Community Through Stepping Stones: Participatory Development Workshop”. Global Youth Assembly. Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. July 30‐ August 30, 2009. [Co‐presenter]
Beck L., De Roose, E., Biggs, S., Reaburn, S., Erber, E., Gittelsohn, J., Sharma, S. (2009). “Fruit and vegetable consumption among Inuvialuit of the Northwest Territories: Results from Healthy Foods North”. International Conference on Circumpolar Health, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada, July 11‐16, 2009. [Poster Presenter]
Keevik, M., Wolki, S., Cockney, J., Livingstone, A., Heidl A., Beck, L., De Roose, E., Gittelsohn, J., Applejohn, A., Sharma, S. (2009). “Implementing a chronic disease prevention program among the Inuvialuit in NWT: Community activities of Healthy Foods North”. International Conference on Circumpolar Health, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada, July 11‐16, 2009. [Poster Co‐ presenter]