Working Session: Healthy Islands/Healthy People: ExaminingHealth Promotion Programs and NCDs in the Pacific (And Viewing of Oceanic Health Promotion Videos and Campaign Materials)
The Healthy Islands session was introduced and organized by Micah Van der Ryn as an informal session at the 2017 ASAO in Kauai. Twenty-three people participated. As of 9 November 2017, we have received nine session abstracts. These are Barbara Andersen, Jake Fitisemanu Jr., Laneta Fitisemanu, Jessica Hardin, Patricia Fifita, Nancy Pollock, Sandra Widmer, Zakea Boeger, and Micah Van der Ryn. More abstracts are expected very soon from additional participants.
The 2017 session invited discussion of any aspect of health promotion and NCD prevention programs, and the related issues in Pacific Islands, in relation to the Healthy Islands, Healthy People strategic health approach adopted by Pacific Ministers of Health in 1995 in the Yanuca Islands Declaration on health in the Pacific in the 21st Century. It provided background information about the framework and about the epidemic rise of NCDs in the Pacific due to globalization and lifestyle and diet changes in Pacific Islander populations.
Some of the initial questions used to open the discussion were:
Participants discussed a number of socio-cultural factors that play into health promotion program planning and implementation, and how various island groups are adapting the framework to their various cultural, social, economic and historical conditions. We also agreed on some common overarching themes and aims of a collective publication resulting from this session. These include:
As of November 9th, 2017 we have received the following nine abstracts and are expecting more soon.
We can accept additional abstracts until November 30th. We request submission of first drafts by January 1st, 2018 to provide time for reading, commenting and other preparations for the session in New Orleans in February. Participants may also be asked to perform a discussant role in the session for another person’s paper. We also invite those without papers to join the session with the possibility of joining later as a contributing author. Please email the organizers if you are interested in joining this session. We are looking forward to a healthy, and fruitful Healthy Islands-Healthy People session in 2018 in New Orleans.
Fepulea‘i Micah Van der Ryn, Health Communications Researcher/Media Production Manager, Community & Natural Resources Division, American Samoa Community College <firstname.lastname@example.org>;
Barbara Andersen, Massey University <B.Andersen1@massey.ac.nz>