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Native-CHART Webinars

Food is Medicine and the Realm of Tourism: An Interdisciplinary Panel Discussion

This webinar took place on September 21, 2022, with Drs. Trevor Lane, Lisa Chase, and Gary Ferguson.

Food and nutrition play a crucial role in rural areas, as community health needs come together at the crossroads of both environmental and business ecosystems. Agritourism is a promising practice that can bring people to farms for education and entertainment while helping small communities sustain production and cultivate growth. In this webinar, our panel describes how agriculture and health intersect and create robust interdisciplinary opportunities for rural, tribal, and farming communities to thrive.

Trevor C Lane, EdD is an associate professor and state specialist in Community & Economic Development for Washington State University (WSU) Extension. Lisa Chase, PhD, MS is the Natural Resources Specialist for University of Vermont (UVM) Extension and the Director of the Vermont Tourism Research Center. Gary Ferguson, ND is a WSU faculty member and the Director of Outreach & Engagement at IREACH.

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Recruitment and Outreach Through Social Media Engagement

This webinar took place on May 12, 2022, with Nicole lee Kamakahiolani Ellison.

Recruitment and outreach can be challenging, but social media can facilitate connections among researchers, participants, and communities. In this presentation, Nicole lee Kamakahiolani Ellison (Fujioka-Krzyska) discusses how her studies have pivoted to use social media for recruitment and outreach during the COVID-19 pandemic. This webinar also covers strategies for engaging and supporting Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (NHPI) communities in a global pandemic, and how research studies can help connect with community members via online platforms amid physical distancing policies. Nicole is the Research Project Manager for the Healthy Hearts among Pacific Islanders (HHAPI) program.

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Working with Tribal Communities: A Framework for Allies and Partners

This webinar took place on November 18th, 2021, with Cole Allick.

Narrative research has shown that given just a few facts – shaped around themes of shared values, history, and visibility – people are more open to understanding and engaging with Tribal Nations and communities on shared issues. In this webinar, Cole Allick (Turtle Mountain Chippewa) will highlight a framework for meaningful engagement with Tribal Nations and communities. This framework heavily influences his approach to working with Tribal Nations as it shifts the false narratives around American Indian and Alaska Native communities. He will also provide brief context around Tribal communities including information on sovereignty and healthcare delivery.

Cole Allick, MHA (Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians), is a Practice Based Research Network (PBRN) Coordinator and Tribal Liaison.

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Considerations for Culturally Centering Treatments among American Indian and Alaska Native Communities

This webinar took place on October 15th, 2021, with Dr. Katherine (Kait) Hirchak.

Research on cultural adaptations of substance use disorder interventions among racially and ethnically diverse adults is both increasing and promising. In this webinar, highlighted by two case studies, Dr. Kait Hirchak will describe re-centering evidence-based treatments for substance use disorder in partnership with American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities. She will also discuss the importance and process of community-based participatory research, the need for additional effectiveness studies as well as dissemination and implementation efforts to improve the treatment outcomes of AI/AN adults participating in culturally adapted interventions.

Dr. Kait Hirchak, PhD, is an Assistant Research Professor in the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine at Washington State University and is a federally recognized descendant of the Eastern Shoshone Tribe.

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Cultural Humility in Practice: Promoting an Inclusive Environment for Those We Serve

This webinar took place on June 9th, 2021, with Dr. Gary Ferguson.

As we work to address health equity, many of us strive to be culturally competent. Framing our efforts through the lens of cultural humility enriches our mission to be as inclusive as possible. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) defines cultural humility as “a life-long process of self-reflection and self-critique whereby the individual not only learns about another’s culture, but one starts with an examination of their own beliefs, and cultural identities.” In this talk, we will explore how to apply this perspective to the work we do in promoting healthy communities.

Dr. Ferguson, ND (Unangax/Aleut) serves as Faculty and Director of Outreach & Engagement at Washington State University’s Institute for Research and Education to Advance  Community Health (IREACH) located in the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine

Presentation slides can be viewed and downloaded here.

Water and Cardiovascular Health: Metal Contaminants in Native American Communities

Sept. 2, 2020 | Noon-1:30 p.m.

Keynote speaker: Dr. Ana Navas-Acien, Columbia University

Ana Navas-Acien is a physician-epidemiologist (MD, University of Granada, Spain ’96) with a specialty in Preventive Medicine and Public Health (Hospital La Paz, Madrid ’01) and a PhD in Epidemiology (Johns Hopkins University ’05). Her research investigates the long-term health effects of environmental exposures (arsenic and other metals, tobacco smoke, e-cigarettes, air pollution), their interactions with genetic and epigenetic variants, and effective interventions for reducing involuntary exposures. She collaborates with the Strong Heart Study, a study of cardiovascular disease and its risk factors in American Indian communities, and the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA), a study of cardiovascular and lung disease in urban settings across the US. Her goals are to contribute to the reduction of environmental health disparities in underserved and disproportionately exposed populations.

An interactive panel discussion follows with Heather Gregory (EBCI), Dr. Tommy Rock (Navajo Nation), and Reno L. Red Cloud (Oglala Sioux Tribe) along with your questions.

Sponsored by WCU Culturally Based Native Health Programs and Native-CHART grant. This work is supported by grant U54 MDO11240-Native-Controlling Hypertension and Risk through Technology Native-CHART – funded by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities.

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