Purpose and Goals

The goal was 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). NIH invited the public to participate in this challenge to share stories about how: 

  1. Heritage and tradition leads to health and wellness in AI/AN communities; and 
  2. Future research can improve the health of American Indians and Alaska Natives. 

The videos will augment the agency’s ongoing efforts to increase awareness of a robust research portfolio involving AI/AN communities.

This challenge was also designed to raise awareness and bring attention to the research needs of these communities and communicate these needs in a culturally appropriate manner.

Click here to view the details of the Challenge.

Prize Winning Video
First Place Video Cover: Integrating Culture into Healthcare
Integrating Culture into Healthcare

Southcentral Foundation
Anchorage, AK
Second Place Video Cover: Return to Wellness
Return to Wellness
Third Place Video Cover: Ohero:kon: Rites of Passage
Ohero:kon: Rites of Passage - creating health and wellness for youth in Akwesasne

Salmon River Central Native Film Class - Instructor Katsitsionni Fox
Fort Covington, N.Y.
Honorable Mention Video Cover: University of Colorado Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health Pine Ridge Field Office
University of Colorado Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health

Colorado School of Public Health- Pine Ridge Field Office
Aurora, Colorado
Honorable Mention Video Cover: Tatitlek: Change in the Wind
Tatitlek: Change in the Wind

Levi A. Taylor
Prince William Sound, Alaska​
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