Symposium: Healthy Islands, Healthy People: Examining Health Promotion Programs and Non-Communicable Diseases in Oceania
Organizers: Dr. Fepulea‘i Micah Van der Ryn, Dr. Barbara Andersen, Dr. Jemaima Tiatia-Seath
This session represents a collaborative effort to develop an array of ethnographically informed and anthropologically framed essays that examine health promotion efforts in various parts of Oceania. Part of the purpose is also to address how these efforts resonate with the "Healthy Island/Healthy People" strategic framework adopted by Pacific Island Ministries and Departments of Health to improve health and wellness across all population sectors in culturally and environmentally appropriate ways. An important aspect of our collective effort is to demonstrate the value of in-depth qualitative ethnographic research to complement the more common quantitative methods employed in evaluation of health promotion programs and strategies.
We are have chosen to continue the Healthy Islands/Healthy People: Examining health promotion programs in Oceania as symposium at the 2019 ASAO Meetings in Auckland. Some guiding questions for papers include: How can anthropological forms of analysis contribute to the evaluation and design of strategies and programs to affect positive health outcomes in communities? How are cultural competencies, identities, and other issues of cultural translation related to each community's health promotion strategies and projects? Are the target audiences most in need being effectively targeted? How are the health promotion programs and strategies targeting those most in need, and how do they address health disparities? How are the health promotion efforts informed by and locally adapted from the Healthy Islands/Healthy People Pacific framework? Our aim is to have about ten publishable articles ready for publication by May 2019.
We invite additional interested participants to send us notice of their interest as soon as possible, to submit an abstract by end of September 2019, and be prepared to send a final draft of the paper to the session organizers by January 8, 2019.
Please send abstracts by September 30, 2018 to:
Fepuleaʻi Micah Van der Ryn, American Samoa Community College <firstname.lastname@example.org>;
Jemaima Tiatia-Seath, Auckland University <email@example.com>;
Barbara Andersen, Massey University, Auckland <B.Andersen1@massey.ac.nz>