The development of a measure of alaska native community resilience factors through knowledge co-production

Lisa Wexler, Stacy Rasmus, Jessica Ullrich, Aneliese Apala Flaherty, Charlene Apok, Barbara Amarok, Jessica Black, Diane McEachern, Carol Murphrey, Rhonda Johnson, James Allen

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Abstract

Background: The Alaska Native Community Resilience Study (ANCRS) is the central research project of the Alaska Native Collaborative Hub for Research on Resilience (ANCHRR), one of three American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) suicide prevention hubs funded by the National Institute of Mental Health. Objective: This paper describes the development of a structured interview to identify and measure community-level protective factors that may reduce suicide risk among youth in rural Alaska Native communities. Methods: Multilevel, iterative collaborative processes resulted in: a) expanded and refined constructs of community-level protection, b) clearer and broadly relevant item wording, c) respectful data collection procedures, and d) Alaska Native people from rural Alaska as primary knowledge-gathering interviewers. Lessons Learned: Moving beyond engagement to knowledge co-production in Alaska Native research requires flexibility, shared decision-making and commitment to diverse knowledge systems; this can result in culturally attuned methods, greater tool validity, new ways to understand complex issues and innovations that support community health.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)443-459
Number of pages17
JournalProgress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action
Volume14
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2020

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Research reported in this publication was supported by the National Institute of Mental Health of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number U19MH113138. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2020 Johns Hopkins University Press.

Keywords

  • Community health partnerships
  • Community health research
  • Community-Based Participatory Research
  • Power sharing
  • Process issues

PubMed: MeSH publication types

  • Journal Article
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

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