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Health Promotion Practice Special Focus Issue: Food Sovereignty as a Path to Healthy Equity for Indigenous Communities
Podcast Series highlighting articles published as part of the focus issue

Dr. Valarie Bluebird Jernigan (Choctaw) introduces the concept of Indigenous research and explores how to propose, conduct, and disseminate Indigenous research within Indigenous communities.

Native Americans have some of the highest rates of Type 2 diabetes. Dr. Valarie Blue Bird Jernigan of Oklahoma’s Choctaw Nation ties this to conditions on reservations, and is improving Native health by “taking back our ability to grow our own foods.”

This presentation was made at the Third Annual Conference on Native American Nutrition on October 4, 2018, in Prior Lake, Minnesota. The conference series brings together tribal officials, researchers, practitioners, and others to discuss the current state of Indigenous and academic scientific knowledge about Native nutrition and food science, and identify new areas of work.

Dr. Valarie Blue Bird Jernigan speaks about Sovereignty Through Nutrition at OSU Center for Sovereign Nations’ Sovereignty Speaks ©.

Webinars

4th Annual Indigenous Knowledge Symposium

March 22, 2024

Join us for the 4th Annual Indigenous Knowledge Symposium. This year our topic is food sovereignty. Our speakers are Rose Bear Don’t Walk, a doctoral student in Indigenous & Rural Health, Montana State University and Dr. Valarie Blue Bird Jernigan, Director of the Center for Indigenous Health and Policy, Oklahoma State University. Both have knowledge of Indigenous science, food, and sovereignty. Register to join the virtual event.

Learn more and register here.

Embedding Food Justice in Urban Food Strategies and Activism

February 14, 2024

This is the second webinar on Food Justice by The Food Foundation in partnership with Milan Urban Food Policy Pact (MUFPP) and Birmingham City Council. This event focuses on embedding food justice and urban food strategies and activism from the perspective of the Americas.

Implementation Science & Childhood Obesity: Sparking Conversations and Actions to
Advance Equity

November 30, 2022

The National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity (NCCOR) hosted a public workshop titled, “Implementation Science & Childhood Obesity: Sparking Conversations and Actions to Advance Equity.” The workshop offered an introduction to implementation science for researchers working in childhood obesity, nutrition, and physical activity.

Using a Food Sovereignty Approach to Improve Health Among Indigenous People

October 7, 2022

This presentation summarizes research studies conducted as part of the Center for Indigenous Health Research and Policy that are guided by a food sovereignty approach while also using randomized trial designs to assess health outcomes.

Indigenous Food Sovereignty and Health Symposium

February 16 & 17, 2022

Learn how Indigenous food sovereignty supports health in Native communities, with real world case studies presented by leaders from the National Congress of American Indians and community members on the ground implementing these initiatives. You’ll also be provided with information on funding resources and strategies.

ACCESS COURSE MATERIALS

OMSR Lunch & Learn Series

November 10, 2020

Data Director and Research Epidemiologist at the Center for Indigenous Health Research and Policy, Tori Taniguchi shares how OSU medical students can get involved with research at the center.

Hypertension: Chickasaw Healthy Eating Environments Research Study (CHEERS)

June 3, 2020

CHEERS is a study being conducted in partnership with the Chickasaw Nation. The study comprises several mutually reinforcing strategies to improve blood pressure control among American Indian adults with uncontrolled hypertension. Study findings will be used to promote policies to expand both the Packed Promise for a Healthy Heart intervention and the establishment of brick-and-mortar grocery outlets in rural Chickasaw Nation communities.

Publications

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  1. Food Sovereignty as a Path to Health Equity for Indigenous Communities: Introduction to the Focus Issue.
    • Citation: Jernigan, V. B. B., Demientieff, L. X., & Maunakea, A. K. (2023). Food Sovereignty as a Path to Health Equity for Indigenous Communities: Introduction to the Focus Issue. Health promotion practice, 24(6), 1066–1069.
    • Link: https://doi.org/10.1177/15248399231190355
  2. Food sovereignty and health: A conceptual framework to advance research and Practice.
    • Citation: Jernigan, V. B. B., Nguyen, C. J., Maudrie, T. L., Demientieff, L. X., Black, J. C., Mortenson, R., Wilbur, R. E., Clyma, K. R., Lewis, M., & Lopez, S. V. (2023). Food sovereignty and health: A conceptual framework to advance research and Practice. Health Promotion Practice, 24(6), 1070–1074.
    • Link: https://doi.org/10.1177/15248399231190367
  3. Food Security and Food Sovereignty: The Difference Between Surviving and Thriving
    • Citation: Maudrie, T. L., Nguyen, C. J., Wilbur, R. E., Mucioki, M., Clyma, K. R., Ferguson, G. L., & Jernigan, V. B. B. (2023). Food Security and Food Sovereignty: The Difference Between Surviving and Thriving. Health promotion practice, 24(6), 1075–1079.
    • Link: https://doi.org/10.1177/15248399231190366
    • Winner of The 2023 Sarah Mazelis Paper of the Year
  4. The Choctaw Nation’s Growing Hope Program.
    • Citation: Thompson, I., Putman, J., Madbull, M., Sharp, M., Presley, J., Jauregui-Dusseau, A., Clyma, K., & Jernigan, V. B. B. (2023). The Choctaw Nation’s Growing Hope Program. Health promotion practice, 24(6), 1080–1082.
    • Link: https://doi.org/10.1177/15248399231190358
  5. Growing Kalo (Taro) in the Continental United States.
    • Citation: Ka’ula, L., Cruz, J., Dutro, N., Ching, D., Wong, K., & Jackson, A. M. (2023). Growing Kalo (Taro) in the Continental United States. Health promotion practice, 24(6), 1083–1086.
    • Link: https://doi.org/10.1177/15248399231190361
  6. The Mauli Ola Study: A Unique Academic–Community Partnership With MAʻO Organic Farms to Understand and Address Health Inequities Among Native Hawaiians and Other Pacific Islanders in Hawaiʻi.
    • Citation: Maunakea, A. K., Juarez, R., & Maunakea-Forth, J. K. (2023). The Mauli Ola Study: A Unique Academic-Community Partnership With MA’O Organic Farms to Understand and Address Health Inequities Among Native Hawaiians and Other Pacific Islanders in Hawai’i. Health promotion practice, 24(6), 1087–1090.
    • Link: https://doi.org/10.1177/15248399231190356
  7. The Development of a Community-Led Alaska Native Traditional Foods Gathering.
    • Citation: Wark, K., Volkeimer, J., Mortenson, R., Trainor, J., Presley, J., Jauregui-Dusseau, A., Clyma, K. R., & Jernigan, V. B. B. (2023). The Development of a Community-Led Alaska Native Traditional Foods Gathering. Health promotion practice, 24(6), 1091–1095.
    • Link: https://doi.org/10.1177/15248399231190363
  8. Enhancing Indigenous Food Sovereignty and Community Health Through the Karuk Agroecosystem Resilience Initiative: We Are Caring for It: xúus nu’éethti.
    • Citation: Sowerwine, J., Mucioki, M., Sarna-Wojcicki, D., McCovey, K., Morehead-Hillman, L., Hillman, L., Lake, F. K., Preston, V., & Bourque, S. (2023). Enhancing Indigenous Food Sovereignty and Community Health Through the Karuk Agroecosystem Resilience Initiative: We Are Caring for It: xúus nu’éethti. Health promotion practice, 24(6), 1096–1100.
    • Link: https://doi.org/10.1177/15248399231190368
  9. Supporting Traditional Foodways Knowledge and Practices in Alaska Native Communities: The Elders Mentoring Elders Camp.
    • Citation: Demientieff, L. X., Rasmus, S., Black, J. C., Presley, J., Jauregui-Dusseau, A., Clyma, K. R., & Jernigan, V. B. B. (2023). Supporting Traditional Foodways Knowledge and Practices in Alaska Native Communities: The Elders Mentoring Elders Camp. Health promotion practice, 24(6), 1101–1104.
    • Link: https://doi.org/10.1177/15248399231190365
  10. The Center for Indigenous Innovation and Health Equity: The Osage Nation’s Mobile Market.
    • Citation: Hayman, J., Moore-Wilson, H., Vavra, C., Wormington, D., Presley, J., Jauregui-Dusseau, A., Clyma, K. R., & Jernigan, V. B. B. (2023). The Center for Indigenous Innovation and Health Equity: The Osage Nation’s Mobile Market. Health promotion practice, 24(6), 1105–1108.
    • Link: https://doi.org/10.1177/15248399231190357
  11. Food Systems, Food Sovereignty, and Health: Conference Shares Linkages to Support Indigenous Community Health.
    • Citation: Jernigan, V. B. B., Taniguchi, T., Nguyen, C. J., London, S. M., Henderson, A., Maudrie, T. L., Blair, S., Clyma, K. R., Lopez, S. V., & Jacob, T. (2023). Food Systems, Food Sovereignty, and Health: Conference Shares Linkages to Support Indigenous Community Health. Health promotion practice, 24(6), 1109–1116.
    • Link: https://doi.org/10.1177/15248399231190360
  12. Framing an Indigenous Food Sovereignty Research Agenda
    • Citation: Nguyen, C. J., Wilbur, R. E., Henderson, A., Sowerwine, J., Mucioki, M., Sarna-Wojcicki, D., Ferguson, G. L., Maudrie, T. L., Moore-Wilson, H., Wark, K., & Jernigan, V. B. B. (2023). Framing an Indigenous Food Sovereignty Research Agenda. Health promotion practice, 24(6), 1117–1123.
    • Link: https://doi.org/10.1177/15248399231190362

THRIVE

  1. Perceived Environments and Physical Activity Among American Indian Adults Living in Oklahoma: the THRIVE study
    • Citation: Haslam, A., Taniguchi, T., Love, C., Jacob, T., Cannady, T. K., Standridge, J., … & Jernigan, V. B. B. (2021). Perceived Environments and Physical Activity Among American Indian Adults Living in Oklahoma: The THRIVE Study. Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action, 15(3), 285-296.
    • Link: https://muse.jhu.edu/article/805936
  2. Impact of a Healthy Retail Intervention on Fruits and Vegetables and Total Sales in Tribally-Owned Convenience Stores: Findings from the THRIVE Study
    • Citation: Williams, M. B., Wang, W., Taniguchi, T., Salvatore, A. L., Groover, W. K., Wetherill, M., … & Jernigan, V. B. B. (2020). Impact of a Healthy Retail Intervention on Fruits and Vegetables and Total Sales in Tribally Owned Convenience Stores: Findings From the THRIVE Study. Health Promotion Practice, 1524839920953122.
    • Link: https://doi.org/10.1177/1524839920953122
  3. Process Evaluation Tool Development and Fidelity of Healthy Retail Interventions in American Indian Tribally-Owned Convenience Stores: the THRIVE Study
    • Citation: Taniguchi, T. E., Salvatore, A. L., Williams, M. B., Love, C. V., Noonan, C. J., Cannady, T. K., … & Jernigan, V. B. B. (2020). Process Evaluation Tool Development and Fidelity of Healthy Retail Interventions in American Indian Tribally Owned Convenience Stores: the Tribal Health Resilience in Vulnerable Environments (THRIVE) Study. Current developments in nutrition, 4(Supplement_1), 33-41.
    • Link: https://doi.org/10.1093/cdn/nzz073
  4. A nutrition environment measure to assess tribal convenience stores: the THRIVE study
    • Citation: Wetherill, M. S., Williams, M. B., Taniguchi, T., Salvatore, A. L., Jacob, T., Cannady, T., … & Blue Bird Jernigan, V. (2020). A nutrition environment measure to assess tribal convenience stores: the THRIVE study. Health promotion practice, 21(3), 410-420.
    • Link: https://doi.org/10.1177/1524839918800968
  5. Diabetes and Obesity Associated with Poor Food Environments in American Indian Communities: the Tribal Health and Resilience in Vulnerable Environments (THRIVE) Study
    • Citation: Love, C. V., Taniguchi, T. E., Williams, M. B., Noonan, C. J., Wetherill, M. S., Salvatore, A. L., … & Jernigan, V. B. B. (2019). Diabetes and obesity associated with poor food environments in American Indian communities: the Tribal Health and Resilience in Vulnerable Environments (THRIVE) Study. Current developments in nutrition, 3(Supplement_2), 63-68.
    • Link: https://doi.org/10.1093/cdn/nzy099
  6. A Healthy Retail Intervention in Native American Convenience Stores: The THRIVE Community-Based Participatory Research Study
    • Citation: Bird Jernigan, V. B., Salvatore, A. L., Williams, M., Wetherill, M., Taniguchi, T., Jacob, T., … & Noonan, C. (2019). A healthy retail intervention in Native American convenience stores: the THRIVE community-based participatory research study. American journal of public health, 109(1), 132-139.
    • Link: https://doi.org/10.2105/AJPH.2018.304749
  7. Food choice considerations among American Indians living in rural Oklahoma: The THRIVE study
    • Citation: Wetherill, M. S., Williams, M. B., Hartwell, M. L., Salvatore, A. L., Jacob, T., Cannady, T. K., … & Jernigan, V. B. B. (2018). Food choice considerations among American Indians living in rural Oklahoma: The THRIVE study. Appetite, 128, 14-20.
    • Link: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.appet.2018.05.019
  8. Using community-based participatory research to develop healthy retail strategies in Native American-owned convenience stores: The THRIVE study.
    • Citation: Jernigan, V. B. B., Williams, M., Wetherill, M., Taniguchi, T., Jacob, T., Cannady, T., … & Salvatore, A. L. (2018). Using community-based participatory research to develop healthy retail strategies in Native American-owned convenience stores: the THRIVE study. Preventive medicine reports, 11, 148-153.
    • Link: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pmedr.2018.06.012
  9. Food insecurity and chronic diseases among American Indians in rural Oklahoma: The THRIVE study
    • Citation: Blue Bird Jernigan, V., Wetherill, M. S., Hearod, J., Jacob, T., Salvatore, A. L., Cannady, T., … & Buchwald, D. (2017). Food insecurity and chronic diseases among American Indians in rural Oklahoma: The THRIVE study. American Journal of Public Health, 107(3), 441-446.
    • Link: https://doi.org/10.2105/AJPH.2016.303605
  10. Cardiovascular disease risk factors and health outcomes among American Indians in Oklahoma: The THRIVE study
    • Citation: Jernigan, V. B. B., Wetherill, M., Hearod, J., Jacob, T., Salvatore, A. L., Cannady, T., … & Buchwald, D. (2017). Cardiovascular disease risk factors and health outcomes among American Indians in Oklahoma: the THRIVE study. Journal of racial and ethnic he