Archived SIG Webinars
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Archived Indian Health Special Interest Group Webinars

Past Webinars

Links to Powerpoint Presentations/Recordings of Past Webinars:

Improving Oral Health Care for American Indian/Alaska Native Children: The Menominee Model

Native American Child Health logoPresented by Ronal D. Freeman, DMD and Tammy Keller, BSDH, RDH, CDHC on May 24, 2016
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At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Be able to describe the severity of the dental caries problem in the AI/AN population.
  • Understand the clinical tools available to use to address the problem.
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Responding to the Sexual Exploitation & Trafficking of Youth

​Presented by Kelly Martin-Vegue, RN, MSW on March 8, 2018
View the recorded webinar here
View the slides here

Note:  You can access the handouts referred to in the presentation by viewing the recorded webinar and following the instructions to download files. 

Define and develop awareness of the social and historical context of sex trafficking and the increased risk for AI/AN youth to be exploited

  • Prepare service providers and first responders to identify and engage with sexually exploited youth within their communities and service settings
  • Increase knowledge of physical, mental, and behavioral health impacts of sex trafficking with a focus on trauma-informed services
  • Learn interventions applicable within various service settings, such as relationship building, advocacy, safety planning, and harm reduction, as well as components of a coordinated service response ​

Suicide: An Invasive yet ​​Preventable Disease 

Native American Child Health logo Presented by Shaquita Bell, MD, FAAP on February 22, 2016
View the recorded webinar.
View the slides. 

At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Correctly identify youth who are more at risk for attempting suicide.
  • Mobilize communities to engage in prevention strategies.
  • Implement postvention strategies once a suicide has occurred.

Epigenetics and​ Health Disparities: Linking Biology and Social Science

Native American Child Health logoPresented by James N Jarvis, MD, FAAP on November 18, 2015  
View the recorded webinar.

At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the fundamentals of epigenetics.
  • Describe how historical traumas may impact the epigenome.
  • Apply community-based initiatives that may buffer the epigenetic effects of toxic stress.

Lung Infections in In​​digenous American Children: A Hidden Disparity

Native American Child Health logo Presented by Rosalyn Singleton MD, MPH, FAAP on August 25, 2015. 
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American Indian and Alaska Native children experience higher rates of hospitalization for lower respiratory tract infections (LRTIs), including bronchiolitis and pneumonia, compared with the general U.S. child population. This disparity is highest for pneumonia in infants. Pneumonia is of particular interest because high rates of pneumonia have been associated with increased incidence of chronic suppurative lung disease like bronchiectasis in rural Alaska Native children as well as indigenous children in Australia and New Zealand. Lower respiratory tract hospitalizations have been associated with several modifiable risk factors including lack of piped water, household crowding, lack of breast-feeding and indoor air pollution. We will present trends in lung infections in American Indian and Alaska Native children and encouraging data showing the impact of interventions such as vaccinations and introduction of piped water in lowering rates of lung infections.

At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize higher morbidity for LRTIs among American Indian / Alaska Native (AI/AN) children.
  • Describe the decrease in AI/AN and US child pneumonia hospitalizations over the past two decades.
  • Recognize modifiable risk factors for LRTIs in AI/AN children, including: lack of piped water, indoor air pollution, absence of breastfeeding, and household crowding.​

Heritable Illnesses in ​​the Navajo: Fallout from the American Indian Wars of the 19th Century 

Native American Child Health logo Presented by Steve Holve, MD, FAAP on May 28, 2015 
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The arrival of Europeans in North America 400 years ago had a devastating effect on the native population. We often think of war and infectious diseases as the legacy of colonization. However, ongoing conflict and political decisions up into the 20th century have had a direct, but little appreciated effect on population genetics in American Indians and Alaska Natives. Using the experience of the Navajo tribe in the Southwest we will show how the history of colonization in North America has had lasting genetic effects on the Navajo. The Navajo experience can inform work in looking at other indigenous groups around the world.

At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Define the founder effect and recognize the genetic effect in a community.
  • Recognize the historical factors that lead to the founder effect in the Navajo.
  • Identify heritable illnesses that are common to the Navajo.​
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