195864 Introduction: Indigenous Methodologies in Public Health Research: An Issue of Social Justice & Good Science

Monday, November 9, 2009: 4:30 PM

Nancy Krieger, PhD , Department of Society, Human Development, and Health, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA
In this overview, as Chair of the Spirit of 1848 Caucus, I will briefly describe the origins, objectives, and format of our session, whose content was jointly organized by Vanessa Watts and Suzanne Christopher. This session will focus on methods for advancing discussion and practice of the use of Indigenous methodologies in public health research. Many researchers involved in research with Indigenous peoples have raised questions regarding whose perspective is informing the research process and what it means for those involved. Indigenous methodology is an approach to culturally appropriate knowledge production and dissemination. The purpose of indigenous methodologies is to ensure that research is done in a respectful, ethical manner that is valuable and useful from the view of Indigenous people. In this session, we will explore these issues in relation to the three themes of the Spirit of 1848 caucus: (1) the social history of public health, (2) the politics of public health data, and (3) progressive pedagogy, and our overall focus on links between social justice and public health.

Learning Objectives:
Explain the conceptual rationale of the session, including how its content was organized and speakers selected Identify who the speakers are Discuss key themes via guiding the Q&A discussion

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I helped conceptualize the session with the co-organizer Vanessa Watts
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.