Creating culturally grounded prevention programs with and for urban American Indian families

Stephen Kulis

A large and growing majority of the American Indian population in the United States live in cities rather than on tribal lands, but urban American Indians are severely under-served by culturally informed prevention programs. This seminar describes a program of research to develop and test prevention programs tailored specifically to urban American Indian families and youth. Two prevention programs targeting youth substance abuse and risky sexual behavior (Living in 2 Worlds and Parenting in 2 Worlds) were created through collaborations between university researchers and non-profit organizations serving urban American Indians. This presentation will review how the programs address unique cultural and social factors that shape the health of urban American Indian communities and discuss the community-based participatory approaches in the creation, content and delivery of these programs. Results from the randomized control trials of the programs’ efficacy will also be discussed.

Stephen Kulis is a Cowden Distinguished Professor of Sociology in the Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics at Arizona State University (ASU) and Director of Research at the Global Center for Applied Health Research at ASU. His research focuses on cultural processes in health disparities, such as the role of gender and ethnic identity in youth drug use; cultural adaptation of prevention programs for ethnic minority youth; contextual neighborhood and school level influences on youth substance use; gender and racial inequities in professional careers, and the organizational sources of ethnic and gender discrimination.

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