The 131st Annual Meeting (November 15-19, 2003) of APHA

The 131st Annual Meeting (November 15-19, 2003) of APHA

3007.0: Monday, November 17, 2003 - 9:45 AM

Abstract #61665

Connectiveness, health outcomes, and health-promoting behaviors among American Indians

Felicia S. Hodge, DrPH1, Doris Hill, RN, PhD (ABD)1, and Betty A. Geishirt Cantrell, MSSW, MBA2. (1) Center for American Indian Research and Education, University of Minnesota, 6-125B Weaver-Densford Hall, 308 Harvard Street, Minneapolis, MN 55455, 612-624-6956,, (2) Center for American Indian Research & Education, University of Minnesota, 1918 University Avenue, Suite 3-A, Berkeley, CA 94704

This paper examines the relationship of sense of belonging (connectiveness), health outcomes, and health promoting behaviors within a cultural worldview. The American Indian worldview reasons, a person is viewed as an extension to, and is integrated with a family, community, tribe, and the creation/universe. Sense of belonging is a component of relatedness and connectedness. A Behavioral Risk Factor Survey was administered to a randomized sample of 324 adult American Indians in California rural communities. The survey included questions regarding sense of belonging, connectiveness to the community, network relationships, health outcomes and health-promoting behaviors. A correlational analysis examined the interactions between variables of interest. Findings indicate positive relationships between connectiveness and health outcomes. Further, a strong relationship was established with such health-promoting behaviors as wearing a seatbelt, not driving when drinking, cancer screening, and good nutrition and weight maintenance. There is a need to develop culturally appropriate health-promotion interventions and research of this nature provides an opportunity to gain a better understanding of culturally significant concepts such as sense of belonging.

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Keywords: American Indians, Health Behavior

Presenting author's disclosure statement:
Organization/institution whose products or services will be discussed: University of Minnesota
I have a significant financial interest/arrangement or affiliation with any organization/institution whose products or services are being discussed in this session.
Relationship: Employed by University of Minnesota

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The 131st Annual Meeting (November 15-19, 2003) of APHA