March 16

Helen Glass Lecture: The Impact of Colonization on the Health Equity of Indigenous People

This presentation will provide a historical overview of the experience of colonization and the resulting impact on the health status of Native Americans today.  The presentation will also include a description of the intervention "The Talking Circle" developed and implemented for the purpose of addressing the health disparity issue of substance use among Native Americans. Implications for Indigenous people in Canada will be explored based on this program of Health Disparities Research.

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March 17

Graduate Student Poster Competition

Doctoral Student Presentations

Research workshop: Health Disparities and Native American Youth: Development and Testing of “The Talking Circle” Intervention

This workshop will focus on the complex process of developing a culturally relevant, community-based program of Indigenous research aimed at the health disparity issue of substance use with Native American Youth. “The Talking Circle” intervention began through ethnographic studies conducted in the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, and is based on a theoretical model of “Cherokee Self-Reliance.” This program of health disparities research has now been expanded through intervention testing and implementation within other Native American tribes in the Unites States, as well as with Indigenous communities globally.

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March 18

Networking Reception

Research Workshop: Disrupting Health Disparities through Community-Based Participatory Research Methodology

This workshop will feature our work using Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) methodology, which involves active community participation in research. This approach is being recognized as essential to improving health outcomes in diverse populations, particularly Indigenous communities. Our team has found CBPR to be highly effective as it allows for the use of mixed methods when conducting research among Indigenous populations.

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