American Public Health Association Conference

Josie Raphaelito, left, stands with other women in a conference room during the American Public Health Association Conference in Boston.

In November, two members of the Department of Indigenous Cancer Health team traveled to Boston, Massachusetts to attend and present at the 150th American Public Health Association conference.

Josie Raphaelito and Corinne Abrams joined partners from Northwestern University’s Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health & Wellbeing to present their project on engaging Two-Spirit and Native American LGBTQ+ community members to provide feedback and guidance on tailoring cancer education materials to meet the needs of Native Americans who identify in sexual and gender minority populations.

The team presented on the project’s initial findings and answered questions from conference attendees about the project’s target population, location, and recommendations for engagement from the community.

This was a National Institutes of Health funded one-year project with direct input and guidance from Two-Spirit and Native LGBTQ+ community members. The Department of Indigenous Cancer Health and the Northwestern University teams continue to work on two manuscripts to be published and disseminated in 2023.