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Resources by Topic: American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians

Adult Health Status among Native American Families Participating in the Growing Resilience Home Garden Study
Reports the results of a randomized controlled trial examining the impacts of home food gardens on the health status of 176 adults from 96 families of the Northern Arapaho and Eastern Shoshone tribes living on the Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming. Compares the rates of obesity, high blood pressure, and diabetes among study participants with the state and national disease rates in 2017, and American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) national disease rates in 2015.
Author(s): Christine M. Porter, Alyssa M. Wechsler, Shawn J. Hime, Felix Naschold
Citation: Preventing Chronic Disease, 16
Date: 08/2019
Type: Document
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Dentistry in the Navajo Nation: Q&A with Dr. Crystal Willie Sekaquaptewa
An interview with the first Native American to work as a dentist in the Utah Navajo Health System. Discusses the importance of patient education and cultural competency.
Author(s): Allee Mead
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 08/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Expanding the Native American Health Care Workforce
Offers recommendations for increasing the number of American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) medical school applicants, students, and graduates based on a summit, Populating the Native Health Care Workforce with American Indian and Alaska Native Physicians. Discusses the distribution of AI/AN physicians and the need for more AI/AN physicians to address health workforce shortages and disparities in Indian Country.
Date: 08/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Association of American Indian Physicians, Association of American Medical Colleges, UnitedHealth Group
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Creating a Public Health Community of Practice to Support American Indian and Alaska Native Communities in Addressing Chronic Disease
Describes use of the ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) model to support and evaluate program objectives of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Good Health and Wellness in Indian Country (GHWIC) program.
Author(s): Shawna L. Williams, Alexis Kaigler, Amy Armistad, David K. Espey, Bruce B. Struminger
Citation: Preventing Chronic Disease, 16
Date: 08/2019
Type: Document
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Good Health and Wellness in Indian Country: A New Partnership and Approach
Overview of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Good Health and Wellness in Indian Country (GHWIC) program, designed to use tribal wisdom to protect and promote physical, mental, and spiritual wellbeing.
Author(s): Ursula E. Bauer, David K. Espey
Citation: Preventing Chronic Disease, 16
Date: 08/2019
Type: Document
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Obesity and Diabetes in the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska: From Community Engagement to Action, 2014-2019
Describes interventions implemented on the Winnebago Tribe reservation in rural Nebraska and Iowa, focusing on community-selected and culturally adapted policies, systems, and environmental improvements to reduce obesity and type 2 diabetes. Strategies include infant and childhood obesity prevention education, promotion of healthy foods and beverages, and improvements to pedestrian safety and built environment.
Author(s): Larry Alonso, Lorelei Decora, Ursula Bauer
Citation: Preventing Chronic Disease, 16
Date: 08/2019
Type: Document
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Investigating Risk Factors for Colorectal Cancer Among Alaska Native People: Podcast with Drs. Sarah Nash and Diana Redwood
Podcast recording and transcript highlighting a study done on colorectal cancer rates among Alaska Native people. Outlines the structure of the study and discusses some of the challenges and findings of the study.
Author(s): Sheryl Monks
Date: 08/2019
Type: Audio
Sponsoring organization: JPHMP Direct
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A Holistic Approach to Chronic Disease Prevention: Good Health and Wellness in Indian Country
Describes the development, funding, and implementation of a 5-year program, begun in 2014, supporting American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities and tribal organizations to simultaneously address chronic diseases and their risk factors. Identifies approaches useful for agencies and organizations working with AI/AN populations.
Author(s): Nancy S. Andrade, David K. Espey, Mary E. Hall, Ursula E. Bauer
Citation: Preventing Chronic Disease, 16
Date: 08/2019
Type: Document
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New Mexico State-Tribal Collaboration Act: July 31, 2019 Agency Report
Summarizes collaboration between New Mexico state agencies and tribal nations in New Mexico regarding current public health priorities: diabetes, obesity, teen pregnancy, substance misuse, and drug overdose prevention. Identifies resources available for American Indians from each New Mexico department and activities and funding for the fiscal year 2019, covering community health workers, oral health, cancer, diabetes, and HIV-prevention, and more.
Date: 07/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: New Mexico Department of Health
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Tribal Practices for Wellness in Indian Country
Essay examining efforts of the Tribal Advisory Committee of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry to increase tribal practices supporting physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. Describes convenings held in 2015 and 2016.
Author(s): Nancy S. Andrade, Marita Jones, Shelley M. Frazier, et al.
Citation: Preventing Chronic Disease, 16
Date: 07/2019
Type: Document
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