3211.0 Recognition, Retribution, and Restoration: Innovative Partnerships to Improve Indigenous Health

Monday, October 29, 2012: 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Partnerships that span community, academia, industry and government are essential to support the health of every society. At the University of Hawaii, this partnership has played a vital role in the creation of the first and only International Indigenous Health Program. Offering the Master of Public Health degree beginning in 2013, with the goal to offer a PhD and Dr.PH in the future, the University of Hawaii, along with the Native Hawaiian community, International Indigenous scholars, the US Food & Drug Administration and a private Bio-Technology corporation are working in partnership. Their efforts will address gaps in the workforce, limitations in data, barriers to accessing health, and weaknesses in the current infrastructure. These thought leaders in health are committed to developing true partnerships between Indigenous communities and academic/government/industry front-runners to conduct health disparities research and ensure the successful implementation of effective health improvement programs. Each of the panelists will present current partnership efforts and discuss how their work is transforming business-as-usual practices when working with and for Indigenous people. Focusing on recognition, retribution and restoration, each speaker will showcase impetus, processes, strategies and best practices for the development of partnerships. The central goal of the panel is to inform and change the way that research and services have historically involved Indigenous People. By bringing together communities, academia, government and industry, the panel will describe best strategies to establish trust, share power, foster co-learning, enhance strengths and resources, build capacity, and examine and address community-identified needs and health problems. These institutional and behavioral changes are critical to achieving the ultimate outcomes sought through these partnerships, resulting in improvements in Indigenous health and reduction of health disparities.
Session Objectives: 1. Identify three best practices for developing community, academia, government and industry partnerships. 2. Determine how partnerships can be established to serve the underserved. 3. Name three gaps, barriers or weaknesses preventing the elimination of health disparities affecting Indigenous people.

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Organized by: APHA-Council on Affiliates