It's just good medicine:" Conducting community-based health and communication research with American Indian populations

Noon-time colloquium by Deborah R. Bassett, Ph.D.
22 Feb 2013 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Annenberg School for Communication, Room 500

Deborah Bassett, Ph.D.
The Annenberg School for Communication presents a noon-time colloquium by visiting scholar Deborah R. Bassett, Ph.D., Associate Scholar, Center for Local Research Strategies Acting; Instructor, Department of Communication Researcher, Center for
Clinical and Epidemiological Research University of Washington.


In this talk, research findings related to cultural aspects of communication about health from ongoing partnerships with American Indian and Alaska Native communities will be discussed. Overall, American Indians and Alaska Natives are at higher risk than the general population for many serious health concerns, including posttraumatic stress disorder, cardiovascular disease, and certain kinds of cancer. Despite this increased risk, these populations remain underserved. Additionally, a history of unethical and harmful research with Native peoples has discouraged many community members from seeking potentially life-saving preventative health services, such as cancer screenings, or participating in health research. An indigenous approach to research, community-based health research offers a way forward by forging partnerships that address the prioritized needs of the community, contribute to scientific research that is culturally competent, and develop successful health interventions for at-risk populations. Communication research plays a vital role in both implementing community-based research projects and identifying and understanding cultural aspects of communication about health.

About Dr. Bassett:

Dr. Bassett (Muscogee Creek) is a research scientist in the School of Public Health and a visiting lecturer in the Department of Communication at the University of Washington.  She combines ethnography of communication with indigenous research approaches to examine social and behavioral factors related to the health disparities in American Indian and Alaska Native communities.  Her research interests also include the use of mobile technologies and social media in Indian Country, American Indian identity, and media representation of Native peoples. Her current work focuses on cultural aspects of communication about cancer among both urban and rural Native elders and posttraumatic stress disorder in American Indian combat veterans.

NOTE: The forum is open to Annenberg faculty, students, and staff only.  Seating is limited.  Contact Debra Williams, Ed.D., for more information.