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ERIC Number: EJ1169690
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Mar
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1098-2140
Advancing Scientific Methods in Community and Cultural Context to Promote Health Equity: Lessons from Intervention Outcomes Research with American Indian and Alaska Native Communities
Whitesell, Nancy Rumbaugh; Sarche, Michelle; Keane, Ellen; Mousseau, Alicia C.; Kaufman, Carol E.
American Journal of Evaluation, v39 n1 p42-57 Mar 2018
Evidence-based interventions hold promise for reducing gaps in health equity across diverse populations, but evidence about effectiveness within these populations lags behind the mainstream, often leaving opportunities to fulfill this promise unrealized. Mismatch between standard intervention outcomes research methods and the cultural and community contexts of populations at greatest risk presents additional challenges in designing and implementing rigorous studies; these challenges too often impede efforts to generate needed evidence. We draw on experiences with American Indian and Alaska Native communities to illustrate how consideration of culture and context can constructively shape intervention research and improve the quality of evidence produced. Case examples from a partnership with one American Indian community highlight opportunities for increasing alignment in intervention development, research design, and study implementation to maximize both validity and feasibility. We suggest that responsively tailoring intervention outcomes research to cultural and community contexts is fundamental to supporting health equity.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Institute on Drug Abuse (DHHS/PHS); Administration for Children and Families (DHHS), Office of Planning, Research & Evaluation; National Institute of Mental Health (DHHS/NIH)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: R01DA035111; R01DA027665; 90PH0027; R01MH069086