"They can colonize you with numbers, so how do we resist that?" Understanding public health research by and for indigenous peoples.
Erica Prussing, PhD, MPH, University of Iowa Associate Professor
Dr. Erica Prussing received her PhD in Anthropology from UC-San Diego in 1999, and MPH from UC-Berkeley in 2000. Dr. Prussing is a medical anthropologist whose research examines the cultural politics of defining and addressing social inequities in health, especially within indigenous communities.
This presentation will provide examples of the growing trend of indigenous-controlled public health research, with a special focus on how indigenous researchers are using quantitative and epidemiological research as a persuasive tool in their efforts to promote greater social justice in health. To examine how both national and global contexts are shaping this work, Dr. Prussing is currently conducting a 3-year ethnographic study with indigenous colleagues at multiple sites in New Zealand and the United States.