New book reviews best practices for conducting health research in U.S. Native communities

Date: Jun 16 2014

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Washington, D.C., Feb. 10, 2014 – The American Public Health Association’s new book, “Conducting Health Research with Native American Communities,” explores effective means of evaluating and researching health in Native American and Alaska Native communities. The book is compiled by authors with extensive experience and expertise in working with Native American tribes and Alaska Native communities.

“As our nation’s Native populations face health concerns spanning chronic disease to infant mortality, our new book offers crucial insight on engaging with Native communities to improve research and better the health of these populations,” said Georges Benjamin, MD, executive director of APHA.

Alongside essential concepts for conducting research in Native communities, the book shares expertise for researchers of various topics including building relationships in Indian communities; developing cultural competency; and ensuring the use of culturally relevant methods. Also included are case studies, examples of past research successes and discussion of research ethics.

“This environment requires proficiency in working with these vulnerable populations in diverse cross-cultural settings,” wrote Phillip Smith, MD, MPH, assistant surgeon general of the U.S. Public Health Service and former director of the Indian Health Service Planning Evaluation and Research Program. “Unfortunately, the available literature is lacking in providing adequate information to help researchers meet these demands. Thus we welcome this timely publication.”

“We hope this book will benefit those who are unfamiliar with indigenous community research, its history and politics, particularly those who are responsible for collecting data on the health and well-being of Native people, including academic researchers and public health officials at all levels of government, and that it will serve as a guide and model for conducting respectful research in all communities,” wrote editors Teshia Arambula Solomon, PhD, and Leslie Randall, RN, MPH, BSN, in the book’s introduction.

The new publication was developed out of a session from an earlier APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition. It also complements a discussion at last year’s 141st APHA Annual Meeting closing session, themed, “Improving the Health of Native People: A Public Health Approach” where a panel discussed the challenges and opportunities in addressing the health of Native communities.

Book ordering information: Available now in print and as an e-book, published by APHA Press, “Conducting Health Research with Native American Communities,” ISBN: 978-0-87553-202-8, softcover, 340 pages, List price: $70, plus shipping and handling (APHA member price: $49). To order, call toll-free 888-320-APHA; fax 888-361-APHA; e-mail APHA press or visit the APHA Bookstore.

Requests for a review copy should be sent by email to David Hartogs.

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