Understanding resilience and mental wellbeing: southwest Indigenous nations and the impact of COVID-19
The goal of this administrative supplement is to demonstrate the resilience of Native nations and Indigenous communities in Arizona and to identify Indigenous Determinants of Health invoked during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has exacerbated health disparities throughout the United States and impacted American Indian populations in significant ways. Arizona is home to 22 federally recognized sovereign Native nations with more than 350,000 American Indians—the third largest population in the US.
American Indians represent approximately 4.6% of the state’s population, yet account for 19% of COVID-19 deaths where race and ethnicity is reported. Despite the substantial challenges faced during COVID-19 and the high rate of infection, Native nations in Arizona have demonstrated resilience.
The study will determine the role of Indigenous determinants of health in tribal government policy and action that support Indigenous mental health and wellbeing, and in turn, resilience during the COVID-19 crisis. The project will map how and when Indigenous assets are leveraged by tribal leaders to protect community mental health.
Document the impact of Indigenous determinants of health on Indigenous mental health and wellbeing, and resilience of four specific community groups. The four specific community groups, first responders, educators, recovery community, and traditional healers, will be engaged to understand Indigenous concepts of wellbeing linked to collective mental health and resilience. The project will employ talking circles, key-informant interviews, and surveys to understand specific instances where IDOH have assisted or challenged the resilience of these specific groups.
Study title: Understanding Resilience and Mental Wellbeing: Southwest Indigenous Nations and the Impact of COVID-19 Specific Aims
Funding: The study is funded by NIMHD/NIH 3U54MD012388-04S6
IRB project number: 1693297-1
About the investigators
Julie Baldwin, PhD
Karen Jarratt-Snider, PhD
Alisse Ali-Joseph, PhD, MA
Research interests: Sports and physical activity as a vehicle for empowerment, cultural identity, health and education for American Indian people, American Indian health, wellness, and education.