Building a narrative of equity: Weaving indigenous approaches into community-engaged research

Lisa J. Hardy, Kevin Shaw, Amy Hughes, Elizabeth Hulen, Priscilla R. Sanderson, Candi Corrales, Travis Pinn, Jamie Esplain, R. Cruz Begay

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In 2020, global injustice has taken center stage during the uprising of the Black Lives Matter movement and other social movements. Activists are calling attention to longstanding disparities in health outcomes and an urgent need for justice. Given the global socio-political moment, how can health researchers draw on current critical theory and social movements to create structures for equitable outcomes in health research and practice? Here, we demonstrate principles for effective health research and social justice work that builds on community-engaged approaches by weaving critical Indigenous approaches into structural project designs. Our project, “Health Resilience among American Indians in Arizona”, brought new and seasoned researchers together to collect and analyze data on the knowledge of healthcare providers concerning American Indian health and well-being. Four years after the conclusion of the project, the team developed and created a post-project self-assessment to investigate lasting impacts of project participation. In this communication, we discuss the principles of defining and measuring the capacity to build together. This work responds to the call from Indigenous scholars and community leaders to build an internal narrative of change. While we will not present the full instrument, we will discuss building a strong foundation using the principles of engagement for planning and implementing justice and change.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number5148
Pages (from-to)1-9
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Issue number14
StatePublished - Jul 2 2020


  • Campus community partnerships
  • Capacity building
  • Community engagement
  • Evaluation
  • Resilience

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pollution
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis


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