The SSHM Seminar Series kicks off Weds October 8th with Prof Patrick Johansson

We are delighted to announce our first SSHM Seminar Series of this term! Prof Patrik Johansson (University of Nebraska Medical Center, College of Public Health) will talk about his community-based research on “The US National Prevention Strategy in action: collecting data to better identify and address health disparities in Native American communities”.

When: Wednesday 8th October from 13:00-14:30

Where: Room STD/S0.13 (KCL Strand Building)

Patrik Johansson, M.D., M.P.H. is the director of the Rural Health Education Network, Associate Professor in the Department of Health Promotion, Social & Behavioral Health, and Director of the Great Plains Public Health Training Center at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, College of Public Health. A graduate of the UNMC College of Medicine and an internist by training, Dr. Johansson’s work lies in the intersection of research, policy, and public health practice with a focus on health disparities populations.

Abstract: Patrik Johansson describes a community-based participatory research approach between an academic institution and US indigenous communities in the framework of the National Prevention Strategy’s strategic direction on eliminating health disparities. Employing a community-based participatory research methodology, the University of Nebraska Medical Center, College of Public Health (UNMC) and five Maine Tribal Health Department partners conducted a comprehensive and baseline health assessment of Native Americans residing in the State of Maine. Core principles of this approach included: Tribal Council and UNMC IRB approval of study, Tribal data ownership, Tribal-academic partners co-developing survey, training of Tribal interviewers through webinars developed by academic partner, and Tribal dissemination plan of results. The community-based participatory research approach resulted in a successful comprehensive baseline health assessment of Native Americans in the State of Maine and represents probably the largest health assessment of Native Americans east of the Mississippi river.

This seminar is co-sponsored by the Institute for North American Studies at KCL and the Health Inequalities Research Network (HERON).

For more information about our SSHM Seminar Series see

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