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Working with American Indian/Alaska Natives: Strategies for Success
American Indians and Alaska Native people exist in every context from urban to rural landscapes, and Tribal Governments retain a special and distinct legal status. Oftentimes, it can be difficult for non-Native organizations and coalitions to engage with Tribes, Tribal agencies, or AI/AN communities due to lack of awareness of the complexities and nuances existing within these communities. This presentation will provide some introductory information relating to Tribal governments, historical and present challenges facing Native communities, an overview of best practices when approaching Native communities, and a snapshot of the complex health and legal systems that AI/AN people navigate daily.
At the end of this session, participants will be able to:
1. Describe several health disparities experienced by Tribes and AI/AN communities
2. Describe several key historical events and present-day programs that affect the social determinants of health and health inequities faced by AI/AN people
3. Describe key effective strategies for engaging with Tribes and AI/AN communities