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ERIC Number: EJ1100260
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-May
Pages: N/A
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1052-5505
Connection and Community: Diné College Emphasizes Real-World Experience in Public Health
Bauer, Mark
Tribal College Journal of American Indian Higher Education, v27 n4 May 2016
The Summer Research Enhancement Program (SREP) at Diné College provides students with a solid foundation of public health research methods and includes a hands-on internship in their home community to test their newly acquired skills while enhancing the communities' health. Focusing on health issues prioritized by Navajo health leaders, from diabetes to cancer, the program has documented steady improvement in student engagement, cultural competency of instruction, and collaboration with local health programs and services. SREP is a collaboration between Diné College and the colleges of public health at the Universities of Arizona and Colorado. With this support the program engages many accomplished public health professionals in work that impacts Navajo communities. Support from the Center for American Indian and Alaska Native Health at the University of Colorado, and additional funding provided by the Center for American Indian Resilience, enhanced students' research training. The SREP program emphasizes teaching students about the importance of individual and community resilience in health, how resilience can be assessed in research contexts, and how their own community internships can foster such resilience. Involvement of Navajo graduate students and health professionals in instruction and mentoring is also critical.
Tribal College Journal of American Indian Higher Education. P.O. Box 720, Mancos, CO 81328. Tel: 888-899-6693; Fax: 970-533-9145; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Arizona; Colorado
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