SUMMARY: In recognition of Native American Heritage Month, the Tribal Health Research Office in announces the “Storytelling about Health and Wellness in American Indian and Alaska Native Communities” Challenge. The goal of this Challenge is to develop a brief digital story (i.e., a video) that communicates how traditions and heritage promote health in American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN).
DATES: The Challenge begins November 28, 2016.
Submission Period: November 28, 2016 to January 31, 2017
Judging Period: February 1, 2017 to February 24, 2017
Winners announced: Week of March 6, 2017
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Please contact NIH’s Tribal Health Research Office at NIHTribalCommittee@od.nih.gov or 301-402-9852 with questions about this challenge.
To commemorate Native American Heritage Month, the NIH wishes to celebrate the use of storytelling to convey stories of health and wellness. The AI/AN population has long experienced a disparity in certain health conditions compared with other Americans. AI/AN communities have higher rates of diseases and disorders across several areas of health such as: diabetes, chronic liver disease, certain cancers, mental health, and substance use (http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvsr/nvsr65/nvsr65_05.pdf and http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/disparities/cancer-health-disparities). Factors known to contribute to health status and disparities are complex, and include social and historical factors, ethnicity, culture, historical trauma, socioeconomic status, gender/sex, age, geographical access to care, and levels of insurance as well as underlying biology, physiology, and genetics. The NIH hopes that this Challenge will incentivize the public to showcase the strengths and resilience of these communities, their heritage and traditions, and how their culture promotes their health and well-being.
The NIH invites the public to participate in this challenge to share stories about: 1) how heritage and tradition leads to health and wellness in AI/AN communities; and 2) how future research can improve the health of American Indians and Alaska Natives. The videos will augment the agency’s ongoing efforts to inform a strengthened research portfolio that advances AI/AN research needs. This challenge is also designed to attract more interest and attention to the research needs of these communities and communicate these needs in a culturally appropriate manner. Eligibility rules for participating in this challenge are posted in the Federal Register .
Registration and Submission Process for Participants: To register and submit an entry for this Challenge, visit The Storytelling about Wellness in Tribal Communities.
The submission is a video that describes: 1) how heritage and tradition leads to health and wellness in AI/AN communities; and 2) how future research can improve the health of American Indians and Alaska Natives. Submissions are limited to a video that may not exceed five minutes. Winning entries may be posted on the NIH web site. Submissions must be substantially free of scientific jargon and understandable by viewers without scientific/technical backgrounds. The video must include at least one member of a federally recognized tribe(s) and address the following:
Amount of the Prize: The first place winner will receive $4,000; second place will receive $3,000; third place will receive $2,000; and two honorable mentions will each receive $500. The first place winner will also be invited to an upcoming meeting of the NIH Tribal Consultation Advisory Committee. Travel will be reimbursed for those invitees.
Basis Upon Which Submissions Will be Evaluated: This section describes judging criteria and the evaluation process. Submissions first will be assessed by a technical evaluation panel consisting of individuals who will review the relevance of the entry to the AI/AN communities, the accuracy of the advance and impact on AI/ANs, cultural sensitivity, and confirmation of the unmet research need(s) in AI/AN populations. The technical evaluation panel will forward its assessment of each submission to a qualified judging panel composed of NIH program directors and other federal employees involved in AI/AN research. The judging panel will evaluate all submissions and recommend winners based on the assessments from the technical evaluation panel and the following judging criteria:
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