SOPHE’s Health Promotion Practice journal publishes a special collection

Lessons learned from health promotion in indigenous communities

Washington, DC – November 15, 2020 – The Society for Public Health Education‘s (SOPHE) peer-reviewed journal, Health Promotion Practice, announces a new collection of papers focused on lessons learned from health promotion in indigenous communities in the United States and Canada.

The eight papers in the collection are available for free download from November 15 – 30, 2020.

Indigenous communities in North America are burdened by inter-related health disparities associated with histories of trauma and violent displacement, forced assimilation, cultural erasure, and systemic poverty both on and beyond tribal lands. Yet these communities are often sites of resistance and resilience, problem-solving, and integrated approaches to health and wellbeing.

The papers in this special collection highlight collaborative, participatory strategies developed in and with indigenous communities on topics as diverse as youth substance use prevention, community food insecurity, HIV activism, and commercial tobacco use.  They also document results across a broad social ecology, from shifts in individual capacities and confidence to concrete changes in policies and systems to better support health. The collection highlights a wide variety of tools and frameworks, including community-based participatory research, citizen science, cultural tailoring, retail interventions and environmental audits, reflective evaluation, and multiple ways of knowing.

“The elegance and imagination of these projects are exemplars of health promotion practice and research” says HPP Editor-in-Chief Kathleen Roe.

To celebrate the special collection, all eight papers are available for free download November 15 – 30, 2020.

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Editor-in-chief Kathleen Roe

Editorial manager Jeanine Robitaille

About Health Promotion Practice

Health Promotion Practice (HPP) is an official journal of the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE). Published bimonthly, the journal is a forum for authoritative research, commentary, practical tools, and promising practices that strategically advance the art and science of health promotion and disease prevention. Celebrating its 20th year in 2020, HPP’s scope includes policy, programs, professional preparation, and career development in diverse settings, including communities, health care, worksites, and schools. HPP’s Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Kathleen Roe, is a SOPHE Distinguished Fellow and Professor Emerita of San José State University.

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