Spring 2011 Lecture Series "Plural Perspectives on Health and Health Policy"

Start: Wednesday, May 4, 2011 - 6:30 am

End: Wednesday, May 4, 2011 - 8:00 am

UNM SUB Luminaria Room

"Bodies Tell Histories: Embodiment of

Micro-Aggression Distress"



Karina Walters, PhD

Associate Professor, School of Social Work

University of Washington

Wednesday, May 4, 2011   12:30-2:00pm

UNM SUB Luminaria Room



Karina L. Walters is the William P. and Ruth Gerberding Endowed Professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Washington. An enrolled member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, Dr. Walters directs the University-wide, interdisciplinary Indigenous Wellness Research Institute (IWRI) dedicated to improving the health of indigenous peoples in the U.S., Canada and elsewhere through indigenous and community-led research, health services and workforce development.
Micro-aggressive events, consisting of environmental and interpersonal denigrating, discriminatory messages, have been posited by Native communities to have pernicious intergenerational effects through a myriad of bio-behavioral mechanisms. Consistent with a social-determinants-of-health perspective, researchers are beginning to consider theoretically how micro-aggressive processes become embodied, and to identify empirically how these factors affect the magnitude and distribution of health inequities. Based on findings from the national 6-site HONOR project, this presentation focuses on how micro-aggression discrimination distress impacts indigenous embodiment of health. Preliminary results indicate (1) that such distress may be a risk factor for embodiment of physical pain and health risk behaviors, and (2) that positive Native identity attitudes play an integral role in buffering such effects.  The implications for decolonizing public health practice for American Indian and Alaska Native communities will be highlighted.
*Identify micro-aggressions and the effects of such distress on health and risk behaviors
*Understand connections between micro-aggressions and historical trauma


Accreditation: The University of New Mexico School of Medicine, Office of Continuing Medical Education is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The Office of Continuing Medical Education designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nursing Accreditation: This activity is approved for 1.0 contact hours by the University of New Mexico Office of Continuing Medical Education, an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the New Mexico Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Per the criteria for approval from the New Mexico Nurses Association, participants who are requesting nursing credit must attend the entire lecture to obtain the certificate of credit.

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The RWJF Center for Health Policy is the only health policy center dedicated to increasing the number of leaders from Latino and American Indian communities helping to shape the future of our nation’s health and health care. A collaboration of the University of New Mexico and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the RWJF Center for Health Policy focuses on inserting the perspectives of Latino, American Indian and other underrepresented groups into the most pressing health policy debates today.