Helping Indigenous Communities Stay Connected in Light of COVID-19: Factsheets

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Background:

The "Helping Indigenous communities stay connected in light of COVID-19" project worked with community partners in the Great Lakes area to develop evidence-based, culturally safe and appropriate COVID-19 resources. An environmental scan of health promotion and informational materials was conducted early in the project to give a broader understanding of what health promotional materials were being developed for and with Indigenous communities internationally. Community specific needs were identified through key consultations with Indigenous advisors and local experts, Tribal leadership, Indigenous community researchers and Indigenous community advisory groups. As a result of the environmental scan and the key consultations, we developed three factsheets that focus on healthy activities Indigenous people can safely do during a pandemic. These factsheets have been vetted with our Indigenous community advisory members in Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Grand Portage and Red Lake, Minnesota.

 * Always follow local protocols to keep Elders, community members and communities safe *

 

We produced three factsheets:

  1. Health Activities in Light of COVID-19: Recommendations from Indigenous communities and partners in the Great Lakes area

  2. COVID-19 Tips for Staying Healthy: Recommendations from Indigenous communities and partners in the Great Lakes area

  3. Staying Connected: Helping Indigenous Communities Stay Connected in Light of COVID-19

 

If you would like to cite our COVID-19 factsheets, please follow the format used below. Thanks you.

  1. Jacklin, K., Smith, R., Blind, M., Lemieux, A. M., Chiovitte, J., Hill, A., Dertinger, M., Lees, B. (2021). Health Activities in Light of COVID-19: Recommendations from Indigenous communities and partners in the Great Lakes area. Factsheet. Retrieved from: www.i-caare.ca/covid-factsheets

  2. Jacklin, K., Smith, R., Blind, M., Lemieux, A. M., Chiovitte, J., Hill, A., Dertinger, M., Lees, B. (2021). COVID-19 Tips for Staying Healthy: Recommendations from Indigenous communities and partners in the Great Lakes area. Factsheet. Retrieved from: www.i-caare.ca/covid-factsheets

  3. Jacklin, K., Smith, R., Blind, M., Lemieux, A. M., Chiovitte, J., Hill, A., Dertinger, M., Lees, B. (2021). Staying Connected: Helping Indigenous Communities Stay Connected in Light of COVID-19. Factsheet. Retrieved from: www.i-caare.ca/covid-factsheets

Acknowledgements:

We would like to thank the community-based researchers, community partners, community advisory members, funder and the working group involved in developing these factsheets.

 

Community-based researchers:

Karen Pitawanakwat and Rhonda Trudeau, Wikwemikong First Nation

Collette Pederson, Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa

January Johnson, Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians

Marlene Summers and Lois Strong, Oneida Nation

 

Community partners:

Members of Giiwedinong committee

George Googleye from The Minnesota Chippewa Tribe (MCT)

Tess Bailey, SNAP-Ed Community Nutrition Educator from Grand Portage

Alicia Smith, American Indian Advisor for the Economic Opportunity and Nutrition Assistance Programs, Minnesota Department of Human Services

 

Community advisory members:

Manitoulin Island Community Advisory Council

Grand Portage Community Advisory Group

Red Lake Community Advisory Council

 

Funder:

Research reported in this publication was supported by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences of the National Institutes of Health, Award Number UL1TR002494 and by Memory Keepers Medical Discovery Team - Health Equity. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.

Working group members:

Memory Keepers Medical Discovery Team (MK-MDT) faculty, Dr. Kristen Jacklin; Elder in Residence, Rick Smith; and staff members, Drs. Melissa Blind and Andrine Lemieux, Jessica Chiovitte, Annamarie Hill, and Mindy Dertinger; Factsheets were designed by MK-MDT creative consultant, Brooke Lees.

© 2021 I-CAARE

Dr. Kristen Jacklin founded the Indigenous Cognition & Aging Awareness Research Exchange (I-CAARE) in 2015. Click here for more information.
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