The Coastal Community Health Working Group (WG) is a network of researchers and practitioners working on issues that affect the health of coastal communities, and the interaction of ecological and human health. These issues include occupational health, women's health, child health, indigenous peoples, HIV/AIDS, gender and emergency planning. The WG facilitates pooling of resources and expertise for research and training on coastal community health, supporting critical thinking and best practices relating to the health of coastal communities, in Canada and abroad. It takes both national and international perspectives. Nationally, its focus is on the health of populations living adjacent to Canada’s three coasts, with special interest in women's health in Northern and Arctic communities. Internationally, the WG links with health researchers in the Caribbean and Sri Lanka. In 2005, the WG was instrumental in co-hosting 2 national fora on the Asian Tsunami, and is continuing work on improving understanding of gender sensitive research relative to medium to long term redevelopment processes, including ecosystem and population health approaches to recovery from natural disasters such as tsunamis, hurricanes, etc.