Conducting Health Research Native American Communities

A new APHA book, “Conducting Health Research Native American Communities,” offers guidance for evaluating and improving health in these communities. Photo by APHA

Native American communities have historically faced significant health challenges, but a new APHA book offers guidance for evaluating and researching health in these communities to help reduce disparities and create better health outcomes.

Conducting Health Research with Native American Communities” finds that chronic disease and infant mortality disproportionately affect Native populations, but strategies — such as developing cultural competency and stronger relationships with Indian communities — can help bridge the gap.

“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,” book co-authors Teshia Arambula Solomon, PhD and Leslie Randall, RN, MPH, BSN, wrote in its introduction.

Solomon, who directs the Native American Research and Training Center at the University of Arizona, said that a session at the 129th APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition in Atlanta inspired the book’s concept.

Pre-order this book at APHA’s bookstore for discounts and other amenities.