3105.0 American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian Caucus Roundtable Session Discussions of Public Health in Indigenous Communities

Monday, October 29, 2012: 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
This roundtable session will provide attendees with the opportunity to engage with the presenters and discuss a wide range of public health topics in Indigenous communities, including: cancer survivorship and cancer support; water quality and sanitation; community based participatory research methods; mental health and substance use; epidemiology capacity building; obesity prevention; community developed health education programs; and community storytelling. Topics discussed during this session provide examples of programmatic and research strategies that address health disparities, support community strengths and resources, and promote the health and well-being of Indigenous communities.
Session Objectives: 1. Describe at least one example of a research project conducted using a Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR) approach. 2. Describe at least one example of a community program aimed at providing support, empowerment and/or education to the community. 3. Identify at least one example of how water quality and sanitation issues are being addressed by Native communities.

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Delivery of Drinking Water and Sanitation Utilities in Alaskan Villages Using Collaborative Principles: Innovation Leading to More Sustainable Communities
Steve Konkel, PhD, Master in City Planning, Fellow RIPH and Cmdr. John Spriggs, REHS, Master in Public Health
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Water, A Resource for Health: Understanding Impacts of Water Contamination in a Native American Community
Alma Knows His Gun McCormick, AA, Beldine Pease, Crow Tribal member, Myra Lefthand, BA in Human Services, MSW, Certified Substance Abuse Counselor; Crow Tribal member, Ada Bends, Crow Tribal member, Margaret Eggers, MS, MA, Tamra Old Coyote, BS, Crow Tribal member, Timothy McCleary, MA, PhD and Anne Camper, MS, PhD
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Mental health, substance use and access to care among an urban First Nations population in Hamilton, Canada
Michelle Firestone, MhS, PhD Candidate, Janet K. Smylie, MD MPH, Sylvia Maracle, Michael Spiller, PhD Candidate and De dwa da dehs nye>S. Aboriginal Health Centre
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Alaska Native Cancer Journey: A collaboration dedicated to surviving and thriving with cancer
Ellen Lopez, MPH, PhD, Freda Williams, Dinghy Sharma, MA, Alaina Ctibor, Christopher DeCou, BA and Valerie Hewell
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Reclaiming our Identities: The Role of Community Storytelling in Native Community Health
Esther Lucero, MPP and Virgil Moorehead, MFT, MA, PsyD Candidate

See individual abstracts for presenting author's disclosure statement and author's information.

Organized by: American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian Caucus
Endorsed by: Oral Health, Public Health Nursing, Cancer Forum, Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs, Community Health Planning and Policy Development, Community Health Workers

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