Practices that show evidence of effectiveness in improving public health outcomes in a specific real-life setting, as indicated by achievement of aims consistent with the objectives of the activities, and are suitable for adaptation by other communities.

COVID-19 and Indigenous knowledge and leadership: (Re)centring public health curricula to address inequities

Severinsen, C., Ware, F., Came, H., Murray, L.

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Summary Report/Recommendations

Education/Policy change/development
Healthcare Access and Quality
Social and Community Context
Tools Included
Outside U.S.

Mitigation and Prevention

“In Aotearoa New Zealand, the Indigenous population, known as Māori, carries a disproportionate burden of disease compared to the settler population. The Treaty of Waitangi, a national treaty negotiated between Māori and the British Crown, guarantees Māori sovereignty, protects their interests, and promotes their well-being. It is considered central to ethical public health and health promotion practices in the country but its application is variable. The article underscores the significance of incorporating Indigenous knowledge and leadership into public health curricula to address health inequities and decolonize the field. It calls for a shift towards prioritizing Indigenous perspectives, values, and frameworks, and fostering meaningful relationships between communities, educators, and Indigenous peoples.

Resource Details

Outcomes of Interest

Reduction of Health Disparities

Priority Population(s)

Indigenous Peoples

Setting(s) of Implementation

Clinical, Community, Educational

Geographic Area of Implementation

New Zealand

Implementation Period