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Listening to the Voices of Young Indigenous Males about their Health and Wellbeing: Lessons from the Northern Territory, Australia
This presentation will draw on findings from a research project that explored the ways young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander males talk about their health and wellbeing. It involved group yarning sessions and an analysis of Facebook data. Challenges in navigating western and cultural worldviews; discussion about social determinants of health; and the importance of friends and family, were key features of this discussion. Adopting a strengths-based perspective, Professor Smith will share key learnings from this research, and explain how these can inform improved health promotion approaches targeting boys and young men of color, particularly young Indigenous males. He is keen to discuss the similarities and differences to community-based strategies being adopted with American Indian men and boys.
Contact Person: Susan Gay
Presenter’s Name: Professor James Smith
Professor Smith’s Biography:
Professor James Smith is the Father Frank Flynn Fellow (Harm Minimizations) at Menzies School of Health Research in Australia; and is currently a Visiting Fulbright Senior Scholar at the Curtis Center for Health Equity Research and Training at the University of Michigan. He has worked in the field of Indigenous health and education research and policy contexts for the past 12 years and has a particular research interest in the health of boys and young men of color. He also has longstanding interests in advancing health promotion and men’s health at local, national, and global levels.