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This study uses a mixed-methods community-based participatory research approach to increase total sleep time in American Indian parent-child dyads. In the first phase of this work, we conducted focus groups with Blackfeet families to learn about the sleep environment and individual elder interviews to learn about Blackfoot traditional beliefs on sleep. This data was used to develop a sleep intervention that is currently ongoing. The intervention includes Blackfeet language and songs as well as elder stories on Blackfeet beliefs and experiences. In addition, western approaches to sleep are included to increase nightly sleep.
This presentation addresses increasing health equity through information and fits within the mission and goals of NNLM by highlighting the work of diverse researchers.
This webinar session is for educational and informational purposes in alignment with NNLM goals and does not offer medical advice.
Dr. Vernon Grant was born and raised in Browning, MT and is an enrolled member of the Blackfeet Nation (Amp-ska-pi-pikuni). Dr. Grant holds an interdisciplinary PhD in Exercise Science and Community Health from the University of Montana and is currently an Assistant Research Professor in the Center for American Indian and Rural Health Equity at Montana State University. Dr. Grant’s current funding is a K01 from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute at NIH titled, “Developing, implementing, and evaluating a mixed-methods community-based participatory research sleep intervention in families with K-1st grade children living on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation.” Dr. Grant has dedicated his career to serving Indian country and conducting research that helps and benefits Indian people.
for the series:
- Recognize health inequities and apply strategies for advancing equity in diverse communities
- Examine the definitions, history, languages, customs, experiences, and health disparities of diverse communities including their relationship to healthcare.
- Apply the recommended resources to continue educating yourself, your peers, and the healthcare community on health equity and social justice issues
- Identify NLM and MLA resources to use to find additional information on relevant topics