Formative Evaluation and Community Empowerment Among American Indian/Alaska Natives

  • C. June Strickland
  • Felicia Hodge
  • Lillian Tom-Orme

While reports on progress in achieving Healthy People 2010 objectives show minor decreases in some areas for American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) populations, significant disparities still remain in chronic disease prevention/management such as mental health concerns (youth suicide and domestic violence), cancer, and diabetes (Casper et al., 2005; CDC, 2003; Edwards, 2001; Robin, Chester, Rasmussen, Jaranson, & Goldman, 1997; Strickland, 1997; Swan and Edwards, 2003). The burden of health disparities is especially heavy for AI/AN populations according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC, 2003). In this discussion, we will focus on our research in priority areas among AI/AN populations such as suicide prevention, cancer prevention and diabetes. Our aim is to highlight the importance of formative evaluation and qualitative approaches such as feasibility studies and focus groups combined with community based participatory research (CBPR) in laying the foundation...


Focus Group Cervical Cancer Screening Suicide Prevention Community Base Participatory Research Indian Community 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • C. June Strickland
    • 1
  • Felicia Hodge
  • Lillian Tom-Orme
  1. 1.University of WashingtonSeattleUSA

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