FW: Embodiment of Historical Trauma and Microagression Distress Among Two Spirit Populations – Karina Walters lecture 10/2 11:30-1


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Embodiment of Historical Trauma and Microagression Distress Among Two Spirit Populations A lecture by Karina Walters October 2nd 11:30-1:00 Miller Hall 212 American Indian community discourse suggests that historical trauma as well as contemporary microaggression distress can potentially become embodied in health outcomes and health risk behaviors and that these factors may play a significant role in present-day health inequities. Historical trauma, which consists of traumatic events targeting a community that cause catastrophic upheaval, and microaggressive events, which consist of environmental and interpersonal denigrating and discriminatory message, have been posited by Native communities to have pernicious intergenerational effects through a myriad of mechanisms from biological to behavioral. Consistent with contemporary societal determinants of health approaches, the impact of historical trauma and microaggression distress calls upon researchers to explicitly examine theoretically and empirically how these processes become embodied and identify how these factors affect the magnitude and distribution of health inequities. This presentation describes how historical trauma and microaggression discrimination distress impact indigenous embodiment of health among gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, and/or Two Spirit persons based on the findings from the national 6-site HONOR project study (R01 MH65871; N=447). Decolonizing practice implications for Two Spirit American Indian and Alaska Native communities will be highlighted. Karina L. Walters is the Associate Dean for Research and the William P. and Ruth Gerberding Endowed University Professor at the University of Washington School of Social Work. Dr. Walters is also the Director of the Indigenous Wellness Research Institute National Center of Excellence funded by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Dr. Walters is also a recipient of the prestigious Fulbright Senior Research Award where she was an honorary visiting scholar at Ngā Pae o te Maramatanga National Institute for Research Excellence in Maori Development and Advancement at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. Her research focuses on historical, social and cultural determinants of physical and mental health among American Indians and Alaska Natives. She has published and presented nationally and internationally on her research and mentors numerous American Indian and Alaska Native junior faculty, researchers, post-doctorate, graduate and undergraduate students. Sponsored by Equity Studies – For more information contact: mbang3@uw.edumbang3@uw.edu> —————— Elissa Washuta Academic Counselor Department of American Indian Studies University of Washington Padelford Hall, C-514 Box 354305 Seattle, WA 98195 (206) 543-9082 http://depts.washington.edu/native/ default iconATT00002.c
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