Table 5

Quotes from participants for theme 3: priority setting and applicability of research in the Minority Health Disparities Study*

Sally“Really understanding an issue as it truly is in the community. So our challenge is to ensure that you…have an ear out there everywhere, not just being selective into what you’re hearing or who you’re talking to.”
Sheri“…if that was not a priority for that particular population base, then it wouldn’t matter what we brought to the table. So it was very important to us to first get their feedback and what their priorities were, and then we tailored our monthly educations around that.”
Sheri“The most important thing is truly listening and being very in tune to what the needs are of the population you’re serving.”
Doris“…I think part of it is we forget that sometimes we create programs based on what we think we believe the answer is, and we don’t always go to where the source of the information is.”
Doris“There is a huge disconnect between the services and the leadership and the research. It’s based more on feelings and emotions and a connection to a specific organization than it is based on truly the evidence.”
Sheri“I think there’s a lot of challenges when you look at the rural setting because things that work in an urban setting just don’t necessarily fit in that same mold.”
Martha“…we know these things work, how do I make that work here?”
Harry“…it’s not always clear that the risk and protective factors for any particular condition for American Indians is going to be the same for the general population. There might be culturally specific things going on, there might be factors that are related in different ways.”
Zach“A lot of the research that even we have access to is…not local research, so how applicable is it, you know? Maybe they’re at bigger cities, or maybe the populations are different even regionally, or whatever…”
Zach“…we all should be paying a little bit more attention probably to what’s going on, at least locally.”
Cheryl“Things that have actually been tried and true with minority populations or specific minority populations are very difficult to find.”
  • *Names listed are pseudonyms.