Increasing Water-Related Environmental Health Literacy: Children as Agents of Change
Monday, November 2, 2015
: 12:50 p.m. - 1:10 p.m.
Native American communities are at particular risk for exposure to environmental contaminants due to subsistence diets, and spiritual and cultural practices that increase their likelihood for contact with contaminated soil and water. Existing and past interventions focus primarily on education of the community through the adult population. This project is a partnership between the Crow Environmental Health Steering Committee (CEHSC), Crow Agency Elementary School, Montana State University (MSU) and Little Big Horn College. Working in collaboration with Apsáalooke community members, this study aims to develop and pilot an intervention to increase children’s water-related environmental health literacy skills and to transfer that knowledge and skills to others in their schools, families, and communities. Through a system of modules and activities involving art and science, based in the Apsáalooke culture, the children will obtain water-related information, which they then use in a practical application and/or dissemination task. We will discuss the development of our program to educate Apsáalooke (Crow tribal) children about the relationship between the water-related environmental issues and human health through teachings grounded in Apsáalooke culture, thereby increasing culturally-based environmental health literacy of children and in turn their social networks. The presentation will explain the development of our outreach methods and evaluation, highlighting efforts to address this issue through community-based participatory research approaches. The intervention developed in this project may be adapted and tested in other tribal communities to address environmental health disparities
Diversity and culture
Environmental health sciences
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Discuss the development of our program to educate Apsáalooke (Crow tribal) children about the relationship between the water-related environmental issues and human health through teachings grounded in Apsáalooke culture
Describe the role of children as agents of change in a tribal community.
Keyword(s): Environmental Health, Community-Based Research (CBPR)
Presenting author's disclosure statement:
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I use community-based participatory research approaches to address health and health literacy issues ranging from chronic disease to environmental health among Native Americans. I am especially committed to designing and evaluating strength-based, community-centered outreach strategies designed in partnership with Native American communities. I am currently funded through MSUâs Center for Health Equity Research to work in partnership with Crow community members to develop an environmental health literacy program for Crow youth and their families.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines,
and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed
in my presentation.