AAIP Annual Meeting: August 2016
by: Partnership for Native Health
The Association of American Indian Physicians (AAIP) has been promoting medical education among American Indians and Alaska Natives for the past half-century. In August, a staff member with Partnerships for Native Health, Lindsey Montileaux Mabbutt (Oglala Lakota), presented a poster on our research at the Association’s 45th annual conference in Oakland, California. The poster described the Family Intervention in the Spirit of Motivational Interviewing (FITSMI). Ms. Montileaux Mabbutt was lead author, and Lonnie Nelson, Tauqeer Ali, and Dedra Buchwald were co-authors. Their contribution was awarded first prize in the poster competition. Its topic was a good fit for this year’s conference, which honored traditional healing as well as biomedical disciplines and emphasized the entire spectrum of care in urban and rural settings. FITSMI is a household-based intervention, now in the third of five project years. It uses a traditional talking circle to encourage and support American Indian family members who take steps to reduce their risk of stroke and other cardiovascular diseases. The photo shows Lindsey Montileaux Mabbutt with Polly Olsen (Yakama), Executive Director of AAIP.