219661 American Indian Tribal Communities and University Partnership: Engagement for Research and Community Development

Monday, November 8, 2010

Karen Fehringer, PhD , University of Colorado, Aurora, CO
Anne Wilson, DDS, MS , Department of Pediatric Denistry, University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine, Aurora, CO
Valerie Orlando, RDH, M Ed , Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health, University of Colorado-Colorado School of Public Health, Aurora, CO
Dallas Daniels, RDH, BS , Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health, University of Colorado-Colorado School of Public Health, Aurora, CO
Judith Albino, PhD , University of Colorado, Aurora, CO
Our university center-tribal relationships span three decades with research topics related to physical, oral, and mental health, child development, and specific disease prevention/reduction. Three areas for consideration: Principles of community engagement in community based participatory health research o Respect for the sovereign nation o Respect for cultural and community specific norms o Respect for the research relationship, including tribal research review board process, ownership of data and right to review all manuscripts before submission for publication Balance of priorities between the university and the tribal community o Respect for shared decision making and balance of power regarding the needs of both the community and the university o Determination of value of community participation in the research now and in the future

Mutual benefits of the relationship

o Capacity building at the community level through scientific research in collaboration with the university with mentored advancement to tribal community based research o Payment of local community members for participation in CBPR o Tribal participation in health research for benefit of their members o Tribal community invites community members to enroll, participate and remain in the study to build a body of knowledge about their community for specific targeted health interventions and service o Tribal community provides university with tribal specific norms, cultural conventions and access to community through guided introductions and ongoing mentoring of relationships o University provides expertise and resources through technical assistance, employment and training of field staff, and mentored career development

Learning Areas:
Diversity and culture
Ethics, professional and legal requirements
Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
Discuss three key factors which contribute to a respectful and mutually beneficial research university/tribal relationship to promote social justice through responsible research

Keywords: American Indians, Community Research

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Researcher and co-investigator for oral health and child development research at the Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health at the University of Colorado-Colorado School of Public Health. I conduct field based research and interact with tribal research review boards, community advisory boards, focus group participants,research subjects and field staff on a regular and ongoing basis.
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.