Patricia Nez Henderson

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OBJECTIVES We describe the prevalence and correlates of cigarette smoking in 2 American Indian tribal groups. METHODS We performed multinomial logistic regression on epidemiological data from a population-based, cross-sectional study of Southwest and Northern Plains American Indians aged 15 to 54 years. RESULTS We found that 19% of Southwest men, 10% of(More)
INTRODUCTION In 2005, the National Cancer Institute funded the Community Networks Program (CNP), which aimed to reduce cancer health disparities in minority racial/ethnic and underserved groups through community-based participatory research, education, and training. The purpose of this study was to describe the CNP model and their tobacco-related work in(More)
OBJECTIVES To better understand patterns of initiation among American Indians we examined age-related patterns of smoking initiation during adolescence and young adulthood in 2 American Indian tribes. METHODS We used log-rank comparison and a Cox proportional hazard regression model to analyze data from a population-based study of Southwest and Northern(More)
BACKGROUND Comprehensive smoke-free laws are effective at protecting non-smokers and reducing tobacco use, yet they are not widely adopted by tribal governments. METHODS A series of smoke-free policy initiatives on the Navajo Nation, beginning in 2008, were reviewed to identify key issues, successes and setbacks. RESULTS It has been essential that(More)
INTRODUCTION Indigenous worldviews and research approaches are fundamental to make meaning of complex health issues and increase the likelihood of identifying existing cultural protective factors that have contributed to the resilience and survival of Indigenous people worldwide. OBJECTIVE We describe the process for applying the Diné (Navajo) paradigm of(More)
INTRODUCTION Smoking-related disparities continue to be a public health problem among American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) population groups and data documenting the health burden of smoking in this population are sparse. The purpose of this study was to assess mortality attributable to cigarette smoking among AI/AN adults relative to non-Hispanic white(More)
OBJECTIVE The Northern Plains (NP) and Southwest (SW) American Indian populations differ in their smoking patterns and lung cancer incidence. We aimed to compare CYP2A6 genetic variation and CYP2A6 enzyme activity (representative of the rate of nicotine metabolism) between the two tribal populations as these have previously been associated with differences(More)
Introduction Smoking prevalence, cigarettes per day (CPD), and lung cancer incidence differ between Northern Plains (NP) and Southwestern (SW) American Indian populations. We used cotinine as a biomarker of tobacco smoke exposure to biochemically characterize NP and SW smokers and non-smokers, and to investigate factors associated with variation in tobacco(More)
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