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2017 Seabury Lecture Series: Karina L. Walters

Seabury Lecture Series: Iyyi Kowa ("Broken Foot"): Transcending Historical Trauma through Collective Action — The Yappalli Choctaw Road to Health Study

Karina Walters

 

University of Washington School of Social Work Professor Karina L. Walters will present "Iyyi Kowa ('Broken Foot'): Transcending Historical Trauma through Collective Action — The Yappalli Choctaw Road to Health Study."

This presentation will describe a culturally centered approach to transcending historical trauma. Specifically, we will provide an overview of the design and development of "The Yappalli Choctaw Road to Health," a culturally focused, strengths-based, outdoor, experiential, obesity-substance abuse risk prevention and health leadership program designed to develop 150 Choctaw women health leaders throughout Choctaw territory. 

We will provide a description of our community-based approach to developing a culturally specific health promotion model and curriculum that incorporates a 10-day walk on the Trail of Tears. This presentation builds on a growing body of trauma research emphasizing the resiliency of Indigenous communities and the importance of designing interventions based on Indigenous worldviews and ancestral teachings. 

Dr. Walters is an enrolled member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. She is also the associate dean for research, Katherine Hall Chambers scholar and the director and principal investigator of the Indigenous Wellness Research Institute at the University of Washington.

 

Sponsored by:

Berkeley Social Welfare

Berkeley Division of Equity & Inclusion

(RE)generation: Indigenous Social Welfare Caucus

American Indian Graduate Student Association

Berkeley School of Public Health