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Effecting Change in Indigenous Communities through Policy & Capacity Building
Tuesday, November 18, 2014: 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
The sovereign status of federally recognized American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) tribes in the United States is an important aspect of Tribal Public Health. Consideration of this status, combined with local leadership and cultural traditions, can be a powerful tool for improving the health of AI/AN people. Participants in this session will listen to four presentations that touch on aspects of policy development and capacity building in American Indian and Alaska Native communities. Topics covered in these presentations include: efforts to engage Tribal leadership and community members in tobacco control policy, the development of Alaska Native public health leaders through a culturally based institute, and a toolkit intended to assist Tribes with decisions around healthcare management. Together, presenters in this session will highlight unique opportunities and strengths available to Tribes for improving the health of their people.
Session Objectives: 1. Describe how the sovereign status of federally recognized American Indian and Alaska Native tribes can foster improved health in Tribal communities.
2. Identify strategies for drawing upon cultural knowledge and traditions to build capacity and develop policy in American Indian and Alaska Native communities.
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Organized by: American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian Caucus
Endorsed by: Socialist Caucus, Community-Based Public Health Caucus, Community Health Planning and Policy Development, APHA-Committee on Women's Rights
Medical (CME), Health Education (CHES), Nursing (CNE), Public Health (CPH)
Masters Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES)