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Food Wisdom Repository: Information Resources for Native Nutritional Health

This project undertakes outreach activities to further development of, and facilitate access to, a public knowledge repository of information on Indigenous nutritional health. The Research for Indigenous Community Health (RICH) Center at the University of Minnesota is building a curated database of reliable information resources relevant to Native nutritional health, accessed via a public website. Drawing from multiple sources of “food wisdom”—including experiential, community-based, and cross-disciplinary academic knowledge—this searchable repository provides a directory of experts, a bibliography of scholarly publications and grey literature, and information on relevant projects, programs, and resources. Supported by a gift from the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community’s Seeds of Native Health initiative, and guided by first-round needs assessment, the RICH Center has built a proof-of-concept test site. The proposed project will further development of the repository into a fully-functioning, publicly-accessible prototype, and maximize its accessibility, through collection and analysis of additional user data. In the first half of the award period, advised by the External Consultants and the University of Minnesota’s Usability Lab, the Project Director and Outreach Associate will conduct needs assessment and user testing with selected target users: health workers (health practitioners, health and nutrition educators, program managers, project coordinators, and other public and community health workers) who are working most directly within Native communities to foster health and well-being through food and nutrition. Analysis of user data will guide content development, database structure, and interface design for the prototype. The proposed project also includes assessment of the need for training resources to help target users access and utilize the repository’s resources. Advised by the External Consultants, the Project Director and Outreach Associate will collaborate with the Outreach Librarian for the University of Minnesota’s Health Sciences Library to assess the training needs of two audiences: health workers, and information professionals who serve Native communities. In the second half of the award period, they will analyze data collected on training needs, identify priority needs, and plan for development of high-priority training resources.
Identify any specific population(s) this project will serve: 
Alaska Natives
American Indian
Native Hawaiians
Identify roles of participants this project will serve: 
Educator, K-12
General public
Health care provider
Library or information professional
Public health professional
Student, college & post-grad
Student, K-12
Project Lead:
Julie Davis
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Funding Period:
May 1, 2018 to Apr 30, 2019
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