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Research interests

Current studies explore the effectiveness of culturally grounded preventive strategies for suicide, substance use, and health promotion; youth and community level resilience; prevention of vascular risk; cultural issues in health services; and community based participatory research. For almost two decades our team has collaborated in a research relationship with Alaska Native community partnerships to discover Alaska Native pathways to sobriety and reasons for life as a positive framework for suicide and substance abuse prevention. We now are engaged in work developing and testing a cultural intervention for rural Alaska native youth grounded in these findings. We seek to establish the first evidence based practice for Alaska Native people through these NIMHD, NIAAA, and NIDA funded projects. Our team also participated in a collaborative NSF project describing the resilience strategies of circumpolar indigenous youth and the community resilience resources youth drew on, and an NINDS funded project on epidemiology of stroke and vascular risk in Alaska Native people. Other work studies how to train providers to provide health services to diverse cultural groups. While a Fulbright scholar at the University of Oslo, I developed an additional ongoing research interest in the experience of international refugees.

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Projects 2012 2023

American Indian
research project
Alaska Natives

Research Output 1989 2019

An Intervention Science to Advance Underrepresented Perspectives and Indigenous Self-Determination in Health

Rasmus, S. M., Whitesell, N. R., Mousseau, A. & Allen, J. R., Jan 1 2019, In : Prevention Science.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Personal Autonomy
North American Indians
Community-Based Participatory Research

Suicide prevention—We know what to do, but will we do it?

Allen, J. R., May 1 2019, In : American journal of public health. 109, 5, p. 668-670 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

3 Citations (Scopus)
2 Citations (Scopus)

Growing from Our Roots: Strategies for Developing Culturally Grounded Health Promotion Interventions in American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian Communities

Walters, K. L., Johnson-Jennings, M. D., Stroud, S., Rasmus, S., Charles, B., John, S., Allen, J. R., Kaholokula, J. K., Look, M. A., de Silva, M., Lowe, J., Baldwin, J. A., Lawrence, G., Brooks, J., Noonan, C. W., Belcourt, A., Quintana, E., Semmens, E. O. & Boulafentis, J., Jan 1 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Prevention Science.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Oceanic Ancestry Group
North American Indians
Health Promotion
Population Groups
7 Citations (Scopus)
Rural Population
Alaska Natives