Collaborating With Alaska Native Communities to Design a Cultural Food Intervention to Address Nutrition Transition

Prog Community Health Partnersh. 2017;11(1):71-80. doi: 10.1353/cpr.2017.0009.


Background: To address changing dietary patterns and declining dietary quality in indigenous communities, there is growing interest in implementing interventions that promote nutrient-dense, culturally important foods.

Objectives: To describe formative research and an ongoing collaborative process to design a multilevel nutrition inter vention-Neqa Elicarvigmun or the Fish-to-School (F2S) Program-that reconnects students to their local food system in a remote Yup'ik community in Western Alaska.

Methods: Qualitative data that explored the connection between salmon and well-being were collected and collaboratively reviewed with a community work group and analyzed using thematic analysis. Findings were used to co-design the nutrition intervention.

Lessons learned: Formative research Thndings and ongoing collaboration between academic and community partners informed the Thnal intervention design.

Conclusions: Because people's behaviors and interactions with culturally signiThcant foods are embedded in cultural perceptions and local contexts, it is important for nutrition interventions to address local perceptions of these foods.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Alaska
  • Community-Based Participatory Research*
  • Community-Institutional Relations
  • Cultural Characteristics*
  • Diet*
  • Food Preferences
  • Food Supply
  • Health Promotion / organization & administration*
  • Humans
  • Inuits / psychology*
  • Nutrition Disorders / prevention & control*
  • Program Development
  • Program Evaluation
  • Research Design
  • Risk Factors
  • Rural Population
  • Socioeconomic Factors