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Webinar Announcement - May 28, 2015

Sponsored by the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Indian Health Special Interest Group. This FREE 60 minute webinar titled Heritable Illnesses in the Navajo: Fallout from the American Indian Wars of the 19th Century will use the experience of the Navajo tribe in the Southwest to demonstrate how the history of colonization in North America has had lasting genetic effects on the Navajo.

The arrival of Europeans in North America 400 years ago had a devastating effect on the native population. We often think of war and infectious diseases as the legacy of colonization.
However, ongoing conflict and political decisions up into the 20th century have had a direct, but little appreciated effect on population genetics in American Indians and Alaska Natives. Using the experience of the Navajo tribe in the Southwest we will show how the history of colonization in North America has had lasting genetic effects on the Navajo. The Navajo experience can inform work in looking at other indigenous groups around the world.

Physicians, medical students and residents, nurse practitioners and physician assistants, nurses and other health care professionals.

At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Define the founder effect and recognize the genetic effect in a community
  • Recognize the historical factors that lead to the founder effect in the Navajo
  • Identify heritable illnesses that are common to the Navajo

Join us on May 28, 2015 at 1:00 pm CDT. To register for this FREE webinar click on Heritable Illnesses in the Navajo: Fallout from the American Indian Wars of the 19th Century.

Thank you and we look forward to your participation.

International Meeting on Indigenous Child Health

The International Meeting on Indigenous Child Health (IMICH), held every two years, focuses on innovative clinical care models and community-based public health approachesfor children and youth in First Nations, Inuit, Métis, American Indian, Alaska Native and other Indigenous communities around the world.

6th IMICH - Resilience: Our Ancestors' Legacy, our Children's Strength

March 20-22, 2015 in Ottawa, Ontario

Stay tuned for information on the next IMICH conference, scheduled for 2017 in the United States.

Co-hosted by the Canadian Paediatric Society and the American Academy of Pediatrics, this meeting brings together health care providers and researchers working with children, youth and families in American Indian, Alaska Native, First Nations, Inuit, Métis, and other Indigenous communities. Participants share model programs and research, learn about prevalent health problems, and acquire practical skills for use in community settings. Opportunities to share knowledge and support one another's efforts, to network and develop partnerships are built into the program.

The conference organizers represent Aboriginal and Native American organizations in Canada and the United States.

AAP Committee on Native American Child Health
Tel: 847/434-4722

AAP Children's Oral Health Web Site

The AAP supports pediatricians and other health care professionals to provide preventive oral health services as part of early well child exams and continued throughout the child's life until a dental home can be found. The new Children's Oral Health Web site provides opportunities for education, advocacy, and resources to help you to implement oral health services in the pediatric practice. For more information about the AAP's Oral Health efforts email

You can become involved in the AAP's Native American child health efforts through the Indian Health Special Interest Group (IH-SIG). The IH-SIG provides a forum for pediatricians and other licensed health care professionals serving American Indian/Alaska Native children to share successes and strategies, sponsor educational programs that highlight aspects of providing care to American Indian/Alaska Native children, support the work of the CONACH by disseminating information, and link members to address problems specific to local or regional care of American Indian/Alaska Native children.

One of the activities of the IH-SIG is a discussion forum facilitated through an electronic mailing list. Topics discussed recently include oral health, childhood asthma, ADHD, and injury prevention.

Membership is free of charge. To join, or for more information on AAP Native American child health activities, please e-mail