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Partnerships with Tribal Communities for Environmental Public Health
The SWEHSC supports Tribal efforts to create and maintain healthy communities. The Outreach Core follows the UA Tribal Consultation Poiicy. For a discussion of the policy follow this link ...
The goal of community outreach and engagement is to help American Indian communities address their environmental issues, especially those tied into the research themes of SWEHSC. New partnerships are welcome.
Current partnerships are with the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc. In the past the outreach core has partnerd with the Department of Environmental Quality at the Gila River Indian Community, with their EPA funded Community Action for a Renewed Environment project.
This publication was created to focus on topics related to the health and the environment of Indigenous communities. The magazine includes features on current environmental issues, leaders in environmental health, and students pursuing education and careers in environmental health.
The inaugural edition of Indigenous Stewards features the work of native students who took their idea of what environmental health meant to them and then created a photo, essay, drawing, short story or poem. SWEHSC is again hosting a contest for Volume 2.
The University of Arizona Agnese Nelms Haury Grant
For the Fall of 2016 we have been awarded funding by the University of Arizona Agnese Nelms Haury program. The grant will sponsor two more volumes of Indigenous Stewards and will provide funding for two more Tribal Forums.
Native American Science and Engineering Program
As part of the Haury Grant we are partnering with the Native American Science and Engineering Program (NASEP) to add environmental health content to their program. This exciting opportunity will provide new elements to the content that the students learn during their summer program and will provide additional resources to those students.
Some Principles of Developing Tribal Partnerships for Environmental Health Research
Presented at the Annual Environmental Health Sciences Core Centers Meeting held Oct. 19-21, 2008, at the University of Pennsylvania. Based on Promises to keep: Public health policy for American Indians and Alaska Natives in the 21st century by Yvette Roubideaux and Mim Dixon.
* It is important to consider learning about and incorporating Native viewpoints into the study design.
* Researchers should consider hiring Native people to assist in the studies and training them, instead of traditional graduate students, to become investigators.
* Another important concept to consider is funding a Native Research Committee appointed by the local community to oversee the study. This group can help investigators through the cultural differences and help them make good connections with the leadership in the community.
* When the study is finished, researchers should report their findings to this committee and the community in a non-technical summary.
The SWEHSC has a strong committment to assisting Tribal communiities in their interest in science and concern for the health of their people and their environments. The Native perspective about science and the enviornment is incorporated into such projects. The committment extends to promoting the importance of including community members and leaders in the design of the research, obtaining the data and in disseminating the results. The SWEHSC is also committed to providing community education, opportunities for Native children to be trained and to have an opportunity to be able to serve their own community.
Lindsey’s professional and personal experiences with Native Americans give her a special insight. She is married to a Cherokee and lived on the Navajo reservation in northern Arizona for six years. She earned a master’s degree in education, completing her thesis, A Constructivist Study of Developing Curriculum to Teach Internet Information Literacy to Navajo High School Students, and studied retension of American Indian graduate students while competing her master's degree in Information Resources and Library Science.