'Sharing wisdom': Lessons learned during the development of a diabetes prevention intervention for urban American Indian women

Cathleen E. Willging, Deborah Helitzer, Janice Thompson

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Abstract

We examine the lessons learned from the exploration of 'cultural appropriateness' during the development and evaluation of a diabetes prevention program for American Indian women living in an urban area of the Southwest United States. The authors, evaluators and program designers, together attempted to assess the cultural appropriateness of the intervention. In doing so, we confronted our own assumptions about 'culture' and 'tradition.' These assumptions were influenced by our respective generational and disciplinary differences. In this manuscript, we reflect on the attendant process of navigating our diverse and sometimes conflicting conceptualizations of 'culture.' We also call attention to unexpected events and changing team dynamics that affected the process. This reflection leads us to consider the role of evaluators, program designers, and participants in assessments of cultural appropriateness of public health interventions and the consequences of such involvement. The lessons learned also concern the need to fully articulate theoretical ideas about how 'culture' can interface with program elements to develop interventions that are contextually responsive to the unique social worlds of participants.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)130-140
Number of pages11
JournalEvaluation and Program Planning
Volume29
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2006
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Cultural appropriateness
  • Formative evaluation
  • Health promotion
  • Native American
  • Prevention
  • Type 2 diabetes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Social Psychology
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Strategy and Management
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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