224505 Native Youth Leading the Way to Healthier Communities

Monday, November 8, 2010

Anthony Fleg , Native Health Initiative, Albuquerque, NM
American Indian communities continue to honor those at both ends of the age spectrum - elders and youth. However, whereas the former are often used to advise key health and policy decisions, youth are often under-utilized or ignored completely in this domain. Involving and incorporating youth into health programs and research is both critical to include their unique perspectives regarding the problems and solutions in the community, and as a tool for youth empowerment. In this session we will explore the barriers to involving youth in community based participatory research (CBPR) and other health projects, along with methods for overcoming these barriers. Native youth involved in these projects from the Native Health Initiative will present key findings and outcomes from their work, including logistics and "pearls of wisdom" for involving youth in CBPR and health interventions.

Learning Areas:
Diversity and culture
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Program planning
Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
1) Identify methods for involving youth in health programs, including community based participatory research and wellness interventions 2) Describe individual and collective empowerment of youth as a result of involvement in health programs

Keywords: American Indians, Youth

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I help administer youth-led health projects and CBPR
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.