Working Session: Towards Healthy Islands: 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 working session aims to develop a group of papers for a collective publication that present holistic anthropological forms of analysis about Oceanic communities’ and governments’ efforts to protect and promote health and wellness. A primary area of interest is the current epidemic of obesity and non-communicable diseases occurring in many parts of Oceania as a result of increased integration with global processes, but papers may also focus on other health issues within their sociocultural, economic and political contexts. Some of the general themes being explored include: a) how people perceive and culturally conceptualize these various health issues; b) barriers to healthful change, effectiveness of different health promotion campaigns or to related types of activities, government health related policies, or other intervention activities, within island or diaspora contexts. A unifying theme we would like to see running through all papers is the question of how, and to what extent, various Pacific Island communities and their governments are incorporating and adapting the Healthy Island-Healthy People framework, of which all Pacific Island countries and territories are signatories? Another question is what are the issues in applying this framework successfully in various Pacific Islander contexts, and how might these be best addressed? We are also aiming for a readership that extends beyond the academic, to the practitioners working to create effective health promotion campaigns or policies. We hope to contribute to increasing value of anthropological perspectives and forms of analysis within the health sectors in various communities addressing their various health concerns. Paper abstracts are due by January 1st and should be 200 to 300 words. Complete drafts of papers should be submitted by February 1st (at the latest) and be 3,000 – 4,000 words in length. Please double space, use Times Roman, and include the abstract, as well as Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion and References.
Currently, we have ten contributing participants: Barbara Andersen, Massey University Auckland. The Moral Labor of Health Promotion in Rural Papua New Guinea; Robert Barber Jr., University of Guam. Interventions that Continue After the Funding Stops: Harnessing the Power of Qualitative Methods, Resource Leveraging, Role Modeling and Interest Based Collaborations" (Co-Authors: Margaret Hattori, Rachael Leon Guerrero, Dr. Claudio Niggs, Jean Butel, Rachel Novotny); Patricia Fifita, University of Hawaii Promoting “Health Lifestyles” in the Kingdom of Tonga: Navigating the Politics of Health and Healing through the Lens of Female Cancer”; Galumalemana Steven Percival, (Samoa: Independent Documentary Filmmaker)“The Making of the film: O le Pologa Tau‘ave: An effort to favorably impact policy, environment, and people’s behavior in Samoa in Healthy Ways; Nancy J. Pollock, University of Wellington (retired). Food as a Major Contribution to Pacific Communities’ Well-being— Recognizing food choices within nutrition from an anthropological perspective.; Julie Spray, University of Auckland. Health Campaigns through Children’s Eyes: Towards a Child-Centred Health Promotion in Aotearoa New Zealand. Jemaima Tiatia-Seath, University of Auckland, University of Auckland, Pacific youth and mental health and wellbeing in New Zealand; Marcela Trocha, (participating in absentia), Vrije University, Netherland. Experience of Healthy Pregnancy Maintenance in American Samoa; Fepulea’i Micah Van der Ryn, American Samoa Community College, The Weight of the Nation in American Samoa: Studying a Mass Media Health Campaign's Reach and Effect and Developing Audience Segmentation Profiles in American Samoa. (co-author, Nicola Hawley, Yale University). Kamuela Werner, University of Hawaii. An Overview of the Triple Piko Concept. Additional interested participants are welcome to join, and should email the session organizers stating their interest, including their abstract (if they have one) as soon as possible.
Fepuleaʻi Micah Van der Ryn, American Samoa Community College <email@example.com>;
Barbara Andersen, Massey University, Auckland <B.Andersen1@massey.ac.nz>;
Jemaima Tiatia-Seath, Auckland University <firstname.lastname@example.org>