Ruth Montgomery-Andersen has a Doctoral degree in Public Health with a focus in mother-child health and Rural Health disparities in the Arctic. Her strengths are in the use of anthropological and community - based research methods, ethics, and community involvement/ownership. She believes in sharing with communities in forms that are culturally relevant. She is the producer of several documentary and instructional films that are in use in Greenland, as well as in Norway, Denmark, Canada and Alaska.
Dr. Montgomery-Andersen has lived and worked in Greenland since 1995. She has been the primary caregiver for over 2000 Greenlandic newborns and their parents. From 1995-2001, Dr. Montgomery- Andersen worked as a primary caregiver for women in rural areas of Greenland, and 2003-2005 she was supervisor for the National Referral Hospital’s (DIH) labor wards in Nuuk, Greenland.
She has hands-on experience teaching medical, nursing, midwifery students, and social workers, in Greenland and has worked as a clinical supervisor for the midwifery college in Aalborg in Denmark and as a clinical supervisor for midwifery students in several hospitals in Greenland. She has a varied portfolio of clinical work, teaching, research, and health promotion projects in both rural and urban localities.
Empowerment and mentoring is at the forefront of her work and this is often achieved by research and community – based initiatives and intervention projects, many of which are now in use by the Government of Greenland.
Dr. Montgomery-Andersen is a member of the Nordic Migrant Expert Forum. The Nordic reference group which represents ministeries with the responsibility for integation in the five Nordic countres and the 3 self- governing entities. The forum consists of a total of 16 experts on integration and migration, and Dr. Montgomery-Andersen is the representative for Naalakkersuisut (Government) of Greenland.
Parallel to her academic work she has worked diligently to ensure acess to dance and performing arts for children and youth, in Greenland. She has influenced and developed several performing arts programs and is the architect of the BFA studies programme at the Nationalteater School in Greenland.
Interest areas: Qualitative research methods, CBPR, Research Ethics, Health Promotion, Indigenous and Immigrant Rights, Children’s Rights, MCH, Capacity building, Nation building.