Jon Petter A Stoor


Postdoctoral fellow, Department of Epidemiology and Global Health, Lávvuo-Research and Education for Sámi Health, Umeå University, Sweden.
Researcher, Centre for Sámi Health Research, Department of Community Medicine, UiT-the Arctic University of Norway.

Topic for the talk
Person-centered health care systems must take into account how Indigenous worldviews and socio-cultural realities shape the health experiences of Indigenous persons. This presentation draws from experiences, knowledge and research to understand pathways to realising equitable services for Indigenous Sámi, within the context of the Nordic universal health care systems.

Stoor (Pikku-Nilsa Ánde Biehtar) is a clinical psychologist turned suicide prevention worker turned public health researcher. He initiated and coordinates the Lávvuo research group, Sweden’s first university-based health research milieu focusing on Sámi health, at Umeå University. On behalf of the Sámi parliament in Sweden, and in collaboration with the Agency for Public Health in Sweden, Lávvuo implemented the first nationwide population-based health study among Sámi in Sweden, in spring 2021. Supported by this key resource, Lávvuo strives to reach the aim of supporting Sámi health in Sweden through research and education activities, maintaining a community-driven “nothing for us – without us” principle. Ongoing projects focus on impacts of discrimination on Sámi health, impacts of the Covid-19-pandemic on Indigenous communities, traditional food for healthy aging (with Slow food Sápmi), work-related health in reindeer husbandry (with Sámiid Riikasearvi), support-systems for Sámi women exposed to violence (with Niejda) and Global Indigenous youth health (with Sáminuorra). Still a junior researcher (PhD 2020), Stoor is fortunate to take part in the Lancet commissions on suicide and self-harm, and Arctic health.