Hear the process and results of an assessment of Maternal & Child Health within the second largest Native American tribe in the United States. Results show improvements in health, including declines in substance use, improvements in immunizations of children and pre-natal uptake of vitamins, as well as continuing challenges. Navajo traditional understandings of health, including the Są’áh Naagháí Bik’eh Hózhóó framework, a means to living a long and healthy life while maintaining balance and harmony, guided the process. The use of this framework connects kinship, the environment and personal and community health. The view incorporates an understanding of health that includes not only physical aspects, but emotional and spiritual aspects, as well as the connection to the land in which we live.
HPM Seminar Series is sponsored by the Division of Health Policy.