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Adamsen Coauthors Report to Improve Cultural Relevance and Accessibility

Mar 10, 2021

Collette Adamsen Collette Adamsen, PhD, along with four other researchers and a number of contributors, coauthored a report for the National Council on Aging (NCOA) titled Evidence-Based Health Promotion Programs Among American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian Communities: A Call to Action to Improve Cultural Relevance and Accessibility. The report provides important information about evidence-based health promotion and disease prevention programs in American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian (AI/AN/NH) communities.

Highlights

The peer-reviewed report highlights include:

  • Unique disparities in healthcare access that AI/AN/NH communities face
  • Diversity of services supported by the Older American Act in AI/AN/NH communities, such as nutrition, transportation, caregiver programs, information and referral, and health promotion
  • Current evidence-base for, availability, and acceptability of health promotion programs in AI/AN/NH communities
  • Experience of program administrators in AI/AN/NH communities, and perspectives from elders about what aging well means to them and the extent to which they are aware of and/or have been involved with health promotion and disease prevention programs
  • Results from a survey of Older Americans Act Title VI Directors and Staff, providing information about their experience with health promotion and disease prevention programs, the unique challenges they face in serving their communities, and what resources they think might help
  • Potential next steps to advance the health and well-being of AI/AN/NH elders

Companion Reports

Brief one-page companion reports, and a compilation of strategies are included.

The report was funded by the Administration for Community Living.

The American Indian/Alaska Native/Native Hawaiian Evidence-Based Program Advisory Council was established by NCOA for this project. Dr. Adamsen, along with several authors and additional advisory group members will present the report and it's findings on April 8 for the American Society on Aging virtual conference.

Dr. Adamsen is the director of the National Resource Center on Native American Aging at the Center for Rural Health.