- UW Winter Powwow: January 24, 2015The land where the University of Washington sits has long been a site of gatherings and celebrations for local tribal nations. That tradition continued with the annual powwow hosted by the American Indian Student Union at the HUB Ballroom on Saturday, January 24. Staff from Partnerships for Native Health attended, along with students, youth, elders, community organizations, artists, and vendors. Among the traditional foods available were locally famous dried deer and elk meat hunted and smoked by a Yakama elder. We shared materials on health promotion and disease prevention, including children's books, dried beans (with a soup recipe!) and Art for Cancer posters. We were honored to be part of the tradition of exchanging knowledge and supporting community health.Our Food is Our Medicine: September 2014Staff with Partnerships for Native Health spent a revitalizing day at “Our Food is Our Medicine,” an annual conference sponsored by the Institute of Indigenous Foods & Traditions. This year the conference was hosted by the Suquamish Tribe in Kitsap County. Participants attended workshops on the environment, climate change, treaty rights, and medicinal plants indigenous to the Pacific Northwest. One highlight of the day was a plant walk through a nearby wooded area. We learned about the healing properties of many indigenous plants, as well as traditional practices for collecting them. A central principle in all indigenous gathering is the importance of expressing gratitude for the earth and respect for the plant. Another is to be generous with what you receive from the plant: sharing with other people is essential. Read MoreNative Pride Basketball Camp: August 2014Native Pride Basketball Camp is a three-day program for Native youth, held at Nathan Hale High School in Seattle, WA. Athletes learn intermediate and advanced basketball skills, teamwork, and sportsmanship. They also participate in daily talking circles and discuss traditional ways, with an emphasis on tribal identity and cultural values. This year, several P4NH staff members attended the camp to do educational outreach on healthy eating choices and cancer prevention. They prepared Enchilada Casserole – a healthy variation on a traditional recipe – as well as fruit salad. P4NH staff member Abigail Echohawk then gave a talk on the importance of a healthy diet and lifestyle in preventing cancer, and offered some tips on how to choose healthier options.SpiritWalk: May 31, 2014Every year the Seattle Indian Health Board sponsors SpiritWalk, a major fundraising event. SpiritWalk raises thousands of dollars annually to support educational, health, social, and recreational programs for American Indians and Alaska Natives in Washington. Members of Partnerships for Native Health gathered at Seattle Center on May 31 to participate as a team in in this event. We raised funds, stretched, and walked with other participants to Myrtle Edwards Park and back again. We also hosted a table where we handed out health information and bean soup mix to raise awareness about wellness and healthy eating. We had a great time, and we hope to see everyone at SpiritWalk next year!Spring Powwow: April 11-13, 2014For more than 40 years, the University of Washington has sponsored an annual Spring Powwow, offering a welcoming space for people to gather as a community and celebrate Native culture and traditions. Members of Partnerships for Native Health were excited to attend this year’s Spring Powwow and be a part of the festivities. We hosted a photo booth to promote colon cancer screening! Powwow attendees had fun dressing up in costumes, chatting about colon health and cancer prevention, and getting their photos snapped.News & Updates
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Native People for Cancer Control is a project of Partnerships for Native Health at the University of Washington. Funded by the National Cancer Institute, its mission is to enhance existing relationships and build new bridges for community-based participatory research, training, and education to improve the health of American Indians and Alaska Natives. Read More »February 13th 2015,News & Updates
For the past three years, the Institute of Indigenous Foods & Traditions at the Northwest Indian College has been holding an annual conference called “Our Food is Our Medicine.” This year, the Suquamish Tribe hosted the conference from September 24th to 26th at the beautiful Kiana Lodge on the shores of the Salish Sea. The event draws people from around Indian Country to discuss and learn more about how American Indians and Alaska Natives are revitalizing traditional food systems in their communities. Read More »October 28th 2014,Our Mission
We conduct community-centered research, training, education, and outreach to improve the health and quality of life of American Indian and Alaska Native populations.Program Overview
Partnerships for Native Health (P4NH) is a program located at the Center for Clinical and Epidemiological Research (CCER) at the University of Washington. Formalized in 2009, it emerged from two decades of work with Native communities. Over time, the program has developed a comprehensive, interdisciplinary approach to achieve our mission of improving the health and well-being of American Indian and Alaska Native people of all ages. We have done so by incorporating these core principles: engagement and participation with our community partners; education, training, and capacity-building for Native people and communities; infrastructure development; technical assistance; research on healthcare and other community needs; and widespread sharing of our results in ways that recognize and respect the unique cultural contexts of American Indian and Alaska Native people.
November is National Family Health History month. Family members can share genetic, lifestyle, and environmental risks associated with illness and disease. Conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and cancer can run in families, so a detailed family history could help patients and providers determine appropriate screenings at appropriate times.
Partnerships for Native Health is excited to announce our newest effort, the Family Health History Genome Project. With support from the National Institutes of Health, study staff will pilot-test My Family Health Portrait with partner sites. This is a publically accessible, standard-based family history tool that is widely used in the U.S. Study staff hope to determine whether this tool fits the health needs of Native patients and their providers.
If you happened to stop by our offices this summer, chances are you would find staff from Native People for Cancer Control filling bags with our very special bean soup mix. Each bag is stuffed with five different kinds of beans and a small card with a soup recipe. Also on the card is information explaining how eating beans can reduce your risk of cancer. Our bean soup mix is intended to launch conversations at community events, where we often set up tables for health education.