The Office of Minority Health actively works to raise awareness on efforts aimed at reducing health and health care disparities and advancing health equity. From conducting culturally sensitive public health research to organizing a 950-mile bike ride, OMH’s partners are making positive impacts on their tribal communities. See below to read some of their stories.
LCDR Naomi A. Aspaas, RN, BSN, highlights the vulnerabilities that COVID-19 has exposed within tribal AI/AN communities. LCDR Aspaas describes her experiences during deployment and expresses her hope to raise awareness of how culturally appropriate approaches can help address COVID-19 disparities in tribal communities.
Dr. Teresa Brockie answers questions regarding her research in minority health and health disparities. Dr. Brockie has worked to improve health and health care for Native Americans from a culturally sensitive care lens by leveraging tribal strengths in her approach.
Dr. Victoria M. O’Keefe highlights experiences and teachings from her childhood and describes how we need to rely on our community strengths and traditional teachings to promote AI/AN mental health.
Corlee Thomas-Hill describes the ‘Remember the Removal (RTR) Bike Ride.’ The program offers Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (ECBI) members a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to retrace the original Trail of Tears Removal Routes. It became an annual event in 2009 and helps to connect today’s young people to their heritage.
Tom Faber discusses the importance of physical activity and nutrition amongst youth in the Zuni community. The Zuni Youth Enrichment Project (ZYEP) hosts sports leagues over the summer to connect the youth to their traditional culture, values, and food.
Brandon Frechette discusses the Menominee Youth Empowerment Program that aims to help American Indian youth tackle challenges with academic achievement, cultural identity, life skills, career, and personal development, etc. These youth are now role models for classmates and other members of their community.
To read more stories from OMH partners, visit the OMH Blog for Health Equity, which is dedicated to raising awareness about health disparities and sharing the views, stories, and ideas that unite us toward a common goal of improving the health of all Americans.