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Project Title:  Transboundary environmental contamination in the Upper Saint John River Basin (New Brunswick - Maine): an ecosystem approach to health study
Period:  from: 2019-09-01 to: 2021-08-31  
Principal Investigator(s): Fraser, Marc Daniel  
Co-Investigators:  
Supervisors: Fillion, Myriam  
Previous Investigators/Supervisors:  
Institution: Télé-université (Québec)  
Department: Science and Technology Studies 
Agency: Canadian Institutes of Health Research 
Program: CIHR Fellowship 
Keywords: AIR POLLUTION, ECOSYSTEM APPROACHES TO HEALTH, EFFETS ENVIRONNEMENTAUX SUR LA SANTÉ, ENVIRONMENTAL CONTAMINATION, ENVIRONMENTAL INFLUENCES ON HEALTH, EQUITY, HEALTH, INDUSTRIAL POLLUTANTS, LES EFFETS ENVIRONNEMENTAUX SUR LA SANTÉ, PARTICIPATORY RESEARCH, POPULATION HEALTH, SANTE DES POPULATIONS, SANTÉ DES POPULATIONS, SOCIAL NETWORK ANALYSIS, WATER QUALITY, WELLBEING 
Abstract: The Saint John River acts as a border between the Madawaska County (NB, Canada) and the Arrostook County (Maine, USA). The economy of the Upper Saint John River Basin (USJRB) is based mostly on forest and transportation industries. While these economic activities bring benefits to the region, they can contribute to the emission of environmental contaminants, which can easily cross national borders and affect the health of the population on both sides. The World Health Organization estimates that 20% of cancer cases worldwide are attributable to environmental exposures. A recent survey showed that cancer rates are a concern for the Madawaska County citizens. Both sides of the River have high incidence of colorectal and lung cancers. However, there are no studies that provide the potential effects of the environmental contamination on the USJRB population health. The objective of this postdoctoral research is to develop a participatory and interdisciplinary project based on health and environmental concerns of the USJRB population. The research will document these concerns and identify influential regional stakeholders in environmental health in four phases: (1) A web-based survey to describe the social network of stakeholders in the USJRB; (2) Workshops with USJRB's communities (Madawaska County, Aroostook County and Madawaska Maliseet First Nation) to collect citizen's concerns about health and the environment; (3) Meetings with local stakeholders in order to co-construct an environmental health study in the USJRB, based on citizen's priorities, that will be submitted to the CIHR Project Grant competition in Spring 2020 and (4) the implementation of the study by collecting evidence based on selected priorities (research survey, environmental and biological material sampling, etc.). This postdoctoral fellowship will contribute to a healthier population by promoting prosperity, resilience and environmental protection while considering transboundary contamination. 

Funding Information
Fiscal Year Amount
2019-20 $28,333
2020-21 $61,667
Total: $90,000