- Dr. Jens Hart Hansen (1936-1998) sought to improve circumpolar health by mentoring emerging researchers and health workers. At every International Congress on Circumpolar Health, ASCH awards an American an emerging circumpolar health researcher/worker fellowship from the Jens Peder Hart Hansen Memorial Fund. The purpose of this fellowship is to support emerging circumpolar health researchers/workers to encourage their continued efforts to improve circumpolar health. Similar awards are made by each adhering body of the International Union for Circumpolar Health.
More information on the life and times of Dr. Hansen can be found here.
About the Jens Peder Hart Hansen Memorial Fund
To foster the ideals of Dr. Jens Peder Hart Hansen (1936-1998) — increase international cooperation in circumpolar health research and education by mentoring and encouragement of emerging researchers and workers in the field of circumpolar health.
Every 3 years each adhering body will nominate, and with the help of the Jens Peder Hart Hanson Memorial Fund (JPHHMF), support emerging circumpolar health workers to encourage their continued efforts to improve circumpolar health. This fund will emphasize support of indigenous workers, as defined by each adhering body, within the spirit that gives everyone the opportunity to compete on equal terms.
Each adhering body nominates 1-3 emerging circumpolar health workers. These workers are invited to submit a two-page abstract of their proposed presentation or a short description of the study that they wish us to review. The adhering body selects the recipients on the basis of these abstracts and local criteria. The adhering bodies may chose to submit one or all the proposals to the JPHHMF Subcommittee for final approval.
- Scholarships to emerging researchers and workers in the field of circumpolar health to increase international cooperation in circumpolar health research and education
- Research seed funding to emerging researchers and workers in the field of circumpolar health that increase international cooperation in circumpolar health research and education
The JPHHMF will make available as much as 500 USD every 3 years for distribution to the adhering bodies for support of emerging circumpolar health workers. The distribution interval will coincide with the interval to the next ICCH. This funding can be supplemented by the adhering bodies. In addition, registration to the next ICCH will be waived if the emerging health worker is providing a presentation at that ICCH.
The JPHHMF will be professionally managed by the Alaska Community Foundation with anticipated payouts out of as much as 2,500 USD every 3 years on a date not more than 6 months before the next ICCH. The JPHHMF will initially manage not less than 15,000 USD from the IUCH, as well as matching funds from the adhering bodies and private donations. The investment goals of the JPHHMF will be set by the JPHHMF subcommittee of the IUCH in accordance with the professional management tenets of the Alaska Community Foundation.
Private donations will be strongly encouraged.
- The JPHHMF will be managed within the AMF by professionally fund managers as determined by AMF
- The IUCH understands that there is risk in any investment in equities and bonds. The Alaska Community Foundation employs a ‘low risk’, but not a ‘no risk’ investment strategy.
- The proceeds and losses of the Morgan Stanley Dean Witter ICS Fund Solution Account will be shared with the JPHHMF proportionate to the size of the JPHHMF investment.
Draw down schedule:
The draw-down schedule will be determined by the JPHHMF Subcommittee in accordance with the professional management of the AMF. This schedule may include, but is not limited to, placing the next q 3 year pay-out in a Certificate of Deposit, thereby allowing the bulk of the funds to be exposed to a higher rate of return. This CD acquisition process will be repeated on a q 3 year basis.
JPHHMF IUCH Subcommittee
The IUCH JPHHMF subcommittee will be composed of at least seven, or an odd number of members to include one member from each adhering body. In addition, a representative from Jens Peder Hart Hansen family (Peter Bjerregard will be the liaison to the family) will sit on the subcommittee.
This Charter was agreed upon by the Council to the International Union on Circumpolar Health after in person and electronic communications concluding 8/28/01.
- Since 1987, the Hildes medal has been awarded at each International Congress on Circumpolar Health to distinguished individuals nominated by the adhering bodies of the International Union for Circumpolar Health. Since 1987, more than twenty researchers and health workers from Alaska, Canada, the Nordic countries and Russia have received this award. Between them, the recipients share an unsurpassed volume of knowledge and experience about the Arctic.
About Dr. John Arthur Hildes (1918-1984)Dr. Jack Hildes was born on January 22, 1918 in Toronto, Canada. He received his medical degree at the University of Toronto. From 1941 to 1946 he served in the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps, serving in Burma and Singapore, and rising to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
After the war he pursued postgraduate studies in Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology and Physiology in England as well as Canada. He received his MRCP degree in England in 1948, and his Fellowship in the Royal College of Physicians of Canada in 1949.
In the 1950s and 60s he engaged in physiology research, particularly with regard to cold adaptation. He assumed a provincial leadership role in the early 1950s, when an outbreak of polio assumed epidemic proportions. He had an active practice in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology at the University of Manitoba, becoming full professor in 1966.
His work in cold physiology after the war led him to undertake numerous trips to the arctic regions of Canada as well as other circumpolar arctic regions. He developed a deep understanding of the medical needs of arctic peoples, and the challenges that face health care workers in remote regions. In 1970 he formed the Northern Medical Unit within the University of Manitoba. The Unit now bears his name, and continues its mission based on his founding principles of health care service delivery, teaching and research. He was an early advocate for the empowerment of aboriginal people in health and health care issues.
Dr. Hildes served as a consultant, researcher, teacher, clinician and friend to aboriginal people from coast to coast within Canada, and internationally. He was a co-founder and chairperson of the Canadian Society for Circumpolar Health, and was active within the International Union for Circumpolar Health. He was a mentor and friend to several generations of doctors, nurses, scientists, community health workers and advocates within circumpolar regions. In turn he was sustained and nurtured in his personal and professional life by the love and support of his wife Marianne, and his children Elske, Joseph and David.
Dr. Hildes died of cancer in 1984. In 1987, the Canadian Society for Circumpolar Health, with a grant from the Donner Canadian Foundation, struck a medal in honour of Dr. Hildes, to be awarded at each International Congress on Circumpolar Health. The four recipients are chosen by each of the adhering bodies of the International Union of the Circumpolar Health (IUCH), those being the Canadian Society for Circumpolar Health, the Nordic Society of Arctic Medicine (formerly the Nordic Council for Arctic Medical Research), the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences, and the American Society for Circumpolar Health. Beginning at the 12th International Congress in Circumpolar Health in Nuuk, Greenland in 2003, a fifth medal was awarded to an individual nominated by the Danish/Greenlandic Society for Circumpolar Health, a new adhering body of the IUCH.
The award is one of prestige and honour, to be given to those working in any of the circumpolar nations with the dedication exemplified by that of Dr. Hildes. It is an international prize, awarded to individuals demonstrating excellence in northern medicine and health, in consideration of their contributions through service, research and humanitarianism.