Sunday, November 17, 2013

North Dakota Compass: ASK A RESEARCHER


Fargo-Moorhead American Indian Community-Sponsored Health Needs Assessment

The following is an excerpt from the full interview of Assistant Professor, Donna Grandbois, published in the November 2013 North Dakota Compass. The full interview can be found here.

Q:  What is the Fargo-Moorhead American Indian Community-Sponsored Health Needs Assessment?
In response to the lack of sufficient data to determine the unmet needs of urban Indian families in the Fargo-Moorhead Metro area, I, as Principal Investigator, and Jaclynn Wallette, as Co-investigator, in collaboration with the Native community, approached the Fargo Native American City Commission to request funding to conduct the needs assessment survey. The Commission granted the funds to conduct the survey, which was a part of the larger survey conducted by the Greater Fargo-Moorhead Community Health Needs Assessment Collaborative. In an effort to build community capacity, six members of the Native community are now IRB certified by NDSU, enabling the community to replicate a needs assessment survey at their discretion.  

Donna Grandbois is an assistant professor of nursing at NDSU. She is an enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Chippewa Nation, Belcourt, ND and is one of the three core faculty in the Master of Public Health American Indian Specialization. She addresses questions relating to the Fargo-Moorhead American Indian Community-Sponsored Health Needs Assessment.

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