The Centers are proud to announce a new special issue (Vol. 29, No. 2) of the journal, American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Research. This special issue focuses on adaptations made to research during the COVID-19 pandemic among researchers working in Native communities.
New data suggests that people of color continue to be disproportionately affected by the opioid epidemic. Many American Indian and Alaska Native communities have insufficient resources to treat substance-use disorder, explains Jerreed Ivanich, assistant professor of community and behavioral health.
American Indians and Alaska Natives faced similar population-level health challenges, noted Michelle Sarche, associate professor in the Centers for American Indian & Alaska Native Health and Department of Community & Behavioral Health, saying many tribal communities face underlying health challenges.
Joan O'Connell, associate professor in the Department of Community & Behavioral Health discusses her research on the total treatment costs for American Indian and Alaska Native older adults with dementia. Finding nearly all the cost differences were associated with hospital admissions, O'Connell suggests much could be done to prevent these hospitalizations and improve quality of life.
The Centers are proud to announce a new issue (Vol. 29, No. 1) of the journal, American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Research, featuring articles that consider topics such as culturally grounded programs for Native youth, the relationship between discrimination and depressive symptoms among AI adolescents, the role of social support and diabetes management, and the health impacts of Native-themed mascots.
Eleven experts from the Colorado School of Public Health and CU Anschutz contributed to the new report, "Oral Health in America: Advances and Challenges." The report, the first of its kind in 20 years, provides national guidance on research, education, and access to dental care.
Researchers from the Centers for American Indian & Alaska Native Health and a tribal physician provide new insight about Alzheimer's disease and related dementias among American Indian and Alaska Natives. This research may help inform policies, services, and programs.
The social and cultural value placed on sharing and supporting one another by American Indian and Alaska Natives can help improve healthy food access for older adults, according to a new study in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior.
A ColoradoSPH study launched an Instagram profile to recruit AI/AN women but the profile turned into so much more—it is now a community site that delivers messages of empowerment and affirmation, and was included by SELF magazine on a list of "online mental health resources for marginalized communities."
In a published commentary, ColoradoSPH Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) students critically examine the role of public health in racism and oppression and how they would like to see inequities addressed and changed.
The Centers are proud to announce a new issue (Vol. 28, No. 2) of the journal, American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Research, featuring articles that use a variety of methodological approaches to research and offer important considerations when working with American Indian and Alaska Native peoples.
The National Academy of Medicine named Dr. Spero M. Manson the recipient of the 2021 Sarnat International Prize in Mental Health for his 43-year career dedicated to improving the mental health of American Indians and Alaska Natives — and bringing a culturally informed lens to the assessment, epidemiology, treatment, and prevention of mental health conditions.
The Centers are proud to announce a new issue (Vol. 28, No. 1) of our journal, American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Research. This issue predominantly features articles concerned with American Indian and Alaska Native youth and young adults.
A study by Spero Manson, Director of the Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health at the Colorado School of Public Health, and colleagues found that American Indians living with diabetes report lower social support and coping skills and greater days with poor physical and mental health compared to individuals without diabetes.
Manson received the Elizabeth Fries Health Education Award at the annual meeting of the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE). The $25,000 award goes annually to an educator who has made “a substantial contribution to advancing the field of health education or health promotion through research, program development, or program delivery.”
Many ColoradoSPH faculty and leaders participated in a recent virtual town hall event that hosted a deep discussion on the skepticism of the COVID-19 vaccine in Black, Hispanic/Latinx and American Indian/Alaska Native communities. Although diverse communities bear the biggest burden of the pandemic, they grapple with fear and distrust.