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In recognition of Native American Heritage Month, guest editors Donald Warne (Oglala Lakota) and Allison Kelliher (Koyukon
Athabascan) from the Center for Indigenous Health share insights on how Indigenous worldviews offer a path for planetary health
and hope for a sustainable future.
Editors’ note: Expert Insights will not publish next week. Look for us in your inbox again on Tuesday, November 28. We hope you
have a wonderful and safe holiday!
PROTECTING OUR PLANET, PROTECTING OUR CHILDREN
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Image: Ed Cunicelli for Johns Hopkins Center for Indigenous Health
The health of our planet is inseparably linked to the health and well-being of Indigenous children, families, and communities.
Adopting an Indigenous worldview demands we acknowledge and respect the interconnectedness of all peoples and resources.
At this time when we contend with the disastrous consequences of climate change around the world, we must work together to forge a
new path that is rooted in Indigenous values, including respect for children, families, culture, connectedness, and shared
resources. Respect for the planet and an abiding commitment to conserve our environment is crucial for future generations.
The Protecting Our Planet, Protecting Our Children: An Indigenous Vision for Intergenerational Health symposium to be held in
Washington, DC, and virtually on November 28, 2023, is an innovative event designed to bring together experts, scholars, community
leaders, and activists from Indigenous backgrounds and beyond. This interdisciplinary gathering will be a platform for sharing
knowledge and experiences on various aspects of health that impact Indigenous communities with a focus on the well-being of
children, families, and the planet. Together we will create a framework for understanding, collaboration, and action.
Indigenous planetary and child/family health stands at the intersection of crucial challenges facing Indigenous communities
worldwide. Rooted in a holistic understanding of interconnectedness with the environment, the health and well-being of Indigenous
peoples are deeply tied to the harmony of the planet and the strength of familial and community bonds.
The preservation of traditional knowledge and practices, the protection of ancestral lands, and the promotion of culturally
appropriate health care are paramount in addressing the health disparities faced by Indigenous children and families. By embracing
a comprehensive approach that encompasses physical, mental, and spiritual aspects, we can forge a path toward a healthier, more
sustainable future for Indigenous communities and the planet as a whole.
The symposium will feature a range of sessions that will explore key themes around planetary and child/family health including:
Environmental stewardship and sustainability: Discussing the relationship between Indigenous peoples and their ancestral lands,
promoting protection of natural resources, and exploring ways to combat climate change and environmental degradation.
Cultural resilience and identity: Exploring how preserving cultural identity and ancestral knowledge can positively impact mental
health and strengthen the resilience of Indigenous families and children.
Child and family health: Focusing on improving child, maternal, and family health outcomes through culturally sensitive prenatal
care, early childhood interventions, and family support programs.
Indigenous knowledge and research: Recognizing the value of Indigenous knowledge systems and promoting ethical research practices
that involve and respect Indigenous communities.
Learn more about the event: Protecting Our Planet, Protecting Our Children: An Indigenous Vision for Intergenerational Health
Learn more: The Johns Hopkins Center for Indigenous Health
The Protecting Our Planet, Protecting Our Children: An Indigenous Vision for Intergenerational Health symposium will be heldin
Washington, OC and virtualy on November 28, 2023 5 THINGS WE CAN LEARN FROM INDIGENOUS PEOPLE ABOUT PLANETARY HEALTH November is
Native American Heritage Month, and now more than ever, the world can learn from Indigenous worldviews that demand we acknowledge
and respect the interconnectedness of all peoples and resources. Here are five things to keep in mind. JOHNS HOPKINS :Al'lk., e B
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The suicide rate among Native American youth compared with the national average. To address this crisis, the White Mountain Apache
have partnered with the Johns Hopkins Center for Indigenous Health. Their work, legislation, and community programs led to a
nearly 40% reduction in suicides from 2001 to 2012, but suicide continues to be a problem.
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NEXT WEEK ON THE PODCAST
Monday: An incredible conversation with former Surgeon General Jerome Adams about the “emotionally jarring” experience of leading
during a highly politicized pandemic, and his efforts to advocate for health as a bipartisan priority.
Wednesday: Maryland’s public defender Natasha Dartigue runs an office that provides defense in 90% of Maryland criminal trials.
But her mind isn't just on representing people accused of crimes—it's on prevention.
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cold, and how to distinguish them from one another. He also shares ways to stay healthy this winter and how to treat mild illness
at home. No matter what’s causing your symptoms, though, basic safety guidance is the same: Stay home. “Even if you’re COVID
negative,” Pekosz said, “you still got something that can probably be spread to someone.”
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According to a new report from the American Lung Association, about 26.6% of people who get lung cancer survive at least five
years past their initial diagnosis, up from 21.7% in 2016. But only about 4.5% of people who are at high risk of lung cancer get
screened for it. In addition to updated, clearer guidelines, doctors need to make sure high-risk people feel like their doctor’s
office will be a safe space to get screened and to get access to smoking cessation programs, said Panagis Galiatsatos. “People
with lung cancer oftentimes have been told ‘you did this to yourself,’ and that’s really not fair to them.”
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