3187.2 APHA Past President Session: Social Justice, Health Equity and Native Nations 1492-2010

Monday, November 8, 2010: 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
“ Indigenous Practices for Indigenous People” will focus on the historical events that have led to health and psychosocial disparites, the result of cultural trauma and losses. Research evidence attest to the high health and societal problems despite current society’s efforts to ameliorate these symptoms. It is my belief that the Hawaiian society before the advent of Western contact had in place Hawaiian practices that dealt with Hawaiian problems. Unfortunately many of these practices became illegal, were forbidden because it included Hawaiian spiritual rites, and outside influences changed the communal life style to become more individualistic and capitalistic. The move to reconnect Hawaiians to positive survival practices has begun but more is needed. Hawaiians need their sovereignty to determine what is best for them and for their future generations. We need to determine what is good for us. (hopefully we can put this into a power point presentation with help.)
Session Objectives: Describe two traditional positive survival practices that address current Hawaiian issues that have been generationally inherited through historical and cultural trauma/losses.
Cheryl E. Easley, PhD, RN


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Endorsed by: Caucus on Public Health and the Faith Community, Women's Caucus

CE Credits: Medical (CME), Health Education (CHES), Nursing (CNE), Public Health (CPH)

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