Community Building: Healthy Leadership Camps with Pine Ridge Native American Youth
theoretical basis: Pine Ridge elders and youth described a sense of powerlessness or not having control of their destiny. Thus, Capacity Asset Building and the Community Empowerment Model drove this partnership as these models are a means to sustain their own interventions.
intervention: Various La Crosse partners with youth and Elders of Pine Ridge developed and implemented leadership training camps. The camps provide hands on experiential learning for students. Youth learned how to conduct needs assessments, identify priority areas, establish plans to address issues and present to the Elders.
implications for practice: By working with a community instead of for a community through the use of community empowerment models effective and sustainable partnerships can be developed. This intervention has further developed into sustainable programming that better assess and measure long-term health disparities as well as improved health outcomes using indigenous resources and collaborations.
Learning Areas:Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Diversity and culture
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Public health or related organizational policy, standards, or other guidelines
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health
Explain the importance of using community building and empowerment models to create sustainable partnerships. Differentiate the utility of a using a community empowerment model over a community organization model. Identify key aspects of working with youth to plan and implement leadership camps.
Keyword(s): Native Americans, Partnerships
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have a PhD in health education and health promotion and have been working with community-based partnerships for eleven years.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
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