social determinants of health

Reclaiming Indigenous Health in the US: Moving beyond the Social Determinants of Health

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The lack of literature on Indigenous conceptions of health and the social determinants of health (SDH) for US Indigenous communities limits available information for Indigenous nations as they set policy and allocate resources to improve the health of their citizens. In 2015, eight scholars from tribal communities and mainstream educational institutions convened to examine: the limitations of applying the World Health Organization’s (WHO) SDH framework in Indigenous communities; Indigenizing the WHO SDH framework; and Indigenous conceptions of a healthy community. Participants critiqued the assumptions within the WHO SDH framework that did not cohere with Indigenous knowledges and epistemologies and created a schematic for conceptualizing health and categorizing its determinants. As Indigenous nations pursue a policy role in health and seek to improve the health and wellness of their nations’ citizens, definitions of Indigenous health and well-being should be community-driven and Indigenous-nation based. Policies and practices for Indigenous nations and Indigenous communities should reflect and arise from sovereignty and a comprehensive understanding of the nations and communities’ conceptions of health and its determinants beyond the SDH.

Native Nations
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Carroll,S.R.; Suina,M.; Jäger,M.B.; Black,J.; Cornell,S.; Gonzales,A.A.; Jorgensen,M.; Palmanteer-Holder,N.L.; DeLaRosa, J.S.; Teufel-Shone,N.I. Reclaiming Indigenous Health in the US: Moving beyond the Social Determinants of Health. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19, 7495. https:// doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19127495

Reimagining Indigenous Health: Moving Beyond the Social Determinants of Health

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Senior researcher Stephanie Carroll Rainie critiqued the application of social determinants of health models in Native communities and challenged readers to reconsider how they think about Indigenous health.

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Rainie, Stephanie Carroll. Reimagining Indigenous Health: Moving Beyond the Social Determinants of Health. Poster Session: Research to Fuel our Futures. The NCAI Policy Research Center Tribal Leader/Scholar Forum. National Congress of American Indians Mid Year Conference. St. Paul, Minnesota. June 30, 2015. Poster.

 

Economic/Political impact of tribal health programs on/off reservation

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Arizona State University
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In Brent D. Simcosky's presentation, "Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe: Tribal Best Practices-Providing Better Healthcare By Thinking Outside the Circle," he discusses the approach Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe developed to provide the best healthcare possible to its citizens despite inadequate resources.  

Stephen Cornell argues that focusing on social determinants of health examines health care at the community level then works toward the individual. For Native nations, factors such as control, efficacy, and self-governance impact the entire community and individual lives; and result in a healthy community. 

Inder Wadhwa presents "Northern Valley Indian Health Inc.: Examples of Positive Impacts and Outcomes of Tribal Health Programs in the Communities." Inder's presentation highlights how North Valley Indian Health Inc.'s has collaborated with various health care centers to service the entire Northern Valley community. 

Native Nations
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Simcosky, Brent D. "Economic/Political impact of tribal health programs on/off reservation." Opportunities and Challenges to Providing Health Care in Indian Country CLE Conference. Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law. Arizona State University. Tempe, Arizona. February 27, 2015. Presentation. (http://mediasite.law.asu.edu/media/Play/9daf4296c8724c93b083f45602048e331d, accessed March 25, 2015)

Cornell, Stephen. "Economic/Political impact of tribal health programs on/off reservation." Opportunities and Challenges to Providing Health Care in Indian Country CLE Conference. Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. Arizona State University. Tempe, Arizona. February 27, 2015. Presentation. (http://mediasite.law.asu.edu/media/Play/9daf4296c8724c93b083f45602048e331d, accessed March 25, 2015)

Wadhwa, Inder. "Economic/Political impact of tribal health programs on/off reservation." Opportunities and Challenges to Providing Health Care in Indian Country CLE Conference. Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. Arizona State University. Tempe, Arizona. February 27, 2015. Presentation. (http://mediasite.law.asu.edu/media/Play/9daf4296c8724c93b083f45602048e331d, accessed March 25, 2015)