Community Engagement & Outreach Core

Main purpose

The main purpose of the Community Engagement and Outreach core is:

  • To influence and build local capacity in applying a resilience approach to American Indian (AI) health promotion, program design, and health policy.
  • To disseminate a culturally relevant health promotion and prevention of diseases, secondary conditions, and treatments to AI and urban communities.


  1. To strengthen, enhance, and expand existing community-academic partnerships and expand academic-academic alliances.
  2. To deepen our scientific knowledge of resilience and health.
  3. To translate this knowledge from research to practice to transform public health education, practice, and policy.

Student Projects

The following projects were created by CAIR student interns during the 2016 academic school year. 

Our Mothers are Our Strength: Resilience through Culture and Love
Angeleeta Greyeyes, B.S. (Diné)

About: A workshop to promote family living among Navajo Mothers (14-25) by raising  awareness of the impact they have on the success of their children. As well as connecting the mothers with resources and materials that will increase positive health outcomes and behaviors. This includes promoting positive behavioral, environmental, psychological, and social factors to reduce adverse health outcomes among their children. 

Outcomes: The project was implemented in two locations, Chinle Chapter House and Hard Rock Chapter House. A majority of participants said the workshop was very helpful and would like more information on the topic. Also a majority of participants level of confidence in seeking community resources increased.
Nanise Nizhonigo Béé líná
Tisimpsha Kee, B.S. (Diné)
About: Nutrition education, focused on portion control using Diné philosophy and providing tools to teach people how to shop on a budget. The workshop is aiming to promote nutrition among the American Indian population on the Navajo Reservation. 
Outcomes: A majority of participants wanted more information on nutrition. The participants said that they are more confident after the workshop to shop healthy on a budget. 
Mindfulness in "Two Worlds"
Shalene Yazzie, B.S. (Diné)
About: The purpose of this workshop is to promote the integration of mindfulness practices as a tool to improve American Indian college students (18-24 years old) well-being. Theories used are the Health Belief Model and Family Education Model. The lessons of the workshop will increase the knowledge of American Indian mental health resources on NAU campus, describe both the short term and long term health outcomes for mindful practices, connect American Indian students with mindfulness practices, and increase the knowledge of diverse mindfulness practices that are culturally competent. 
Moccasin Story: The Birds and The Bees
Alexis McKinley, B.S.
About: Sexual, reproductive, and relationship health education focused on providing and improving health literacy, awareness, and knowledge among American Indian youth with culturally appropriate sexual, reproductive, and relationship information.
Outcomes: A total of 15 participants completed a pre-assessment, post-assessment, and Likert Scale Questionnaire. Together, the assessments  and questionnaires provide qualitative and quantitative data. On the assessments:
  • 11 had an increase in number of correct answers (~73%)
  • 2 had no change in correct answers (~13%)
  • 1 had a decrease in number of correct answers (~6%)
  • 1 did not complete the post assessments (~6%)
On the questionnaire, when asked if the information will help them practice healthy sexual and reproductive behaviors:
  • ~46% answered Strongly Agree
  • ~40% answered Agree
  • ~6% answered Strongly Disagree
When asked if the information will help them practice healthy relationship behaviors:
  • ~60% answered Strongly Agree
  • ~26% answered Agree 
  • ~6% answered Strongly Disagree
My Photovoice Journey
Leandra Becenti, B.S. (Diné)
About: The purpose of this workshop is to promote community empowerment by using photovoice as a form of resilience. Identify healthy behaviors (environmental, nutrition, and exercising) within or surrounding their community. Focus on self-recognition and gain self-respect by practicing resilience. 

Community Projects

The following projects were produced through collaborative efforts between CEOC and multiple American Indian communities. 

Ha:san Preparatory and Leadership School: Resilience Through Culture

 CAIR teamed up with the College of Communications and Ha:san Preparatory and Leadership School to film Ha:san's students view of resilience. Through culture, the students were able to identify what it means to be resilience and successful in school. 


Culture Unity Through Sustainability

This video incorporates Native American traditional values of agriculture and knowledge to sustain agricultural practices as well as reduce health disparities on the reservation.


Watch Video: Unity Through Sustainability

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