Culture Matters: Using Community-Based Participatory Research Approaches to Culturally Adapt Evidence-Based Interventions in American Indian and Alaska Native Communities

February 7, 2020 12:00 PM



Friday, February 7, 2020 at 12:00 PM PST

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Though some research has explored the relationship between protective factors, such as cultural characteristics, (e.g., participation in cultural activities and American Indian identity) and negative health outcomes, gaps in our understanding of how American Indian culture may be used to promote health behaviors and reduce risk levels remain.

For example, some interventions, implemented in multiethnic communities in the Southwest, resulted in an increase of alcohol use among AI students in the intervention group compared to those in the control group. Other racial groups saw a decrease in alcohol use, suggesting that culturally tailoring alcohol interventions is critical for this high-risk, low resource population.

This presentation explores the cultural adaptation process, informed by Community Based Participatory Research principles, and intermediate and long term outcomes of culturally adapted interventions among tribal college students and recipients of a tribal home visitation curriculum.

About the Presenter:

Myra Parker, PhD, JD, MPH, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Center for the Study of Health and Risk Behaviors, with a background in law and public health. Her research with American Indian and Alaska Native communities focuses on the manner in which culture can inform implementation of evidence-based interventions.