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Health Promotion Practice hosting free downloads of Indigenous research for a limited time

Health Promotion Practice, a journal of the Society for Public Health Education, curates a collection of articles focusing on health promotion in indigenous communities. 

The Navajo Tribe refers to the San Francisco Peaks as “Dook’o’oosłííd,” which means “the summit which never melts” or “the mountain which peak never thaws.”  The following are also names which refer to the San Francisco Peaks according to each respective Tribe:
Nuva’tukya’ovi—(Hopi)
Dził Tso—Dilzhe’e—(Apache)
Tsii Bina—Aa’ku—(Acoma)
Nuvaxatuh—Nuwuvi—(Southern Paiute)
Hvehasahpatch or Huassapatch—Havasu ‘Baaja—(Havasupai)
Wik’hanbaja—Hwal`bay—(Hualapai)
Wi:mun Kwa—(Yavapai)
Sunha K’hbchu Yalanne—A:shiwi (Zuni)
‘Amat ‘Iikwe Nyava—Hamakhav—(Mojave)
Sierra sin Agua—(Spanish)

Health Promotion Practice, a journal of the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE), announces a new collection of papers focusing on lessons learned from health promotion in indigenous communities in the United States and Canada.  The eight papers in the collection were published in 2020.  All are available for free download November 15 – 30.

Indigenous communities in North America are burdened by inter-related health disparities associated with histories of trauma and violent displacement, forced assimilation, cultural erasure, and systemic poverty both on and beyond tribal lands.  Yet these communities are also often sites of resistance and resilience, problem-solving, and integrated approaches to health and wellbeing. 

The papers in this Special Collection highlight collaborative, participatory strategies developed in and with indigenous communities on topics as diverse as youth substance use prevention, community food insecurity, HIV activism, and commercial tobacco use.  They also document results across a broad social ecology, from shifts in individual capacities and confidence to concrete changes in policies and systems to better support health.  They use a wide variety of tools and frameworks, including community-based participatory research, citizen science, cultural tailoring, retail interventions and environmental audits, reflective evaluation, and multiple ways of knowing.  “The elegance and imagination of these projects are exemplars of health promotion practice and research” says HPP Editor-in-Chief Kathleen Roe. 

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