Online Program

Indigenous Solutions to Creating Health Equity in Native Communities

Tuesday, November 5, 2013: 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
An understanding of the historical context, cultural values, and traditions of American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities can strengthen public health research and evaluation efforts. Attendees of this oral session will learn how consideration of the context and culture of AI/AN communities may expand our understanding of issues related to suicide and mental health, tobacco cessation, and improvements in food systems interventions. Projects involving AI/AN populations in the Southwest, California, and Alaska will be presented. Topics such as the relation between adverse childhood experiences and adult behavioral health, suicide prevention in urban communities, barriers to tobacco cessation, and culturally-responsive evaluation will be showcased.
Session Objectives: Describe the importance of culture and historical context in public health research and evaluation among American Indian and Alaska Native communities. Identify risk factors for behavioral health outcomes, such as suicide and depression, among American Indian and Alaska Native populations living in urban areas and in the Southwestern United States. Discuss the role of culture and context for improving service needs to promote health for American Indian and Alaska Native communities.
Ellen Lopez, MPH, PhD

Understanding suicide in the san francisco bay area American Indian/Alaska Native community   
Miranda E. Worthen, AB, MPhil, PhD, Carla McClellan, MPH, Bonney Hartley, MSocSci, Esther Lucero, MPP, Kateri Chiu, PsyD, Virgil Moorehead, MFT, MA, PsyD Candidate and Serena Wright, MPH
Tobacco use and cessation: What matters to Southeast Alaska Native young adults?   
Kathryn J. Anderson, MPH, PhD-c, Andrea Thomas, BS, Edy Rodewald, PhD, Ellen Lopez, MPH, PhD and Monica Skewes, MA, PhD

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Organized by: American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian Caucus
Endorsed by: HIV/AIDS, Socialist Caucus, APHA-Committee on Women's Rights

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