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Native Women Healthcare study seeks women veterans

By Lailani Upham

PABLO — Calling all Native women veterans!

A research study group from Brigham Young University with the help from the Veterans Affairs office in Salt Lake City, Utah, is going to be at Salish Kootenai College campus on the week of Veteran’s Day, November 8 – 9, to interview Native women veterans in an effort to learn more about the experiences encountered with the health needs and health care service to identify drawbacks of the process, says Carol Ward Brigham Young University Sociology Department Director and project coordinator.

“Information from the interviews will help to document the experiences of veterans so that the VA and other health care providers will have a better idea of whether their services are meeting veterans’ needs. We also hope this study will help to identify barriers to getting good health care as well as propose potential solutions for improving access,” stated Ward.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided for the participants.

The study team will be at the Three Wolves Cafeteria from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, November 8 conducting group or individual interviews, whichever the participant prefers.

The interviews will continue on Friday, November 9, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the SKC D’Arcy McNickle Library Media Room.

Potential group topics include:
   • Level of need and types of health and mental health services accessed;
   • Quality and quantity of health and mental health services accessed (or charges);
   • Barriers and/or challenges related to accessing services (e.g., transportation) and problems with service delivery;
   • Needs for services that are not accessible or available;
   • Experiences of family members and community members with helping veterans get the health and mental services they need;
   • Community conditions that affect access to services; and
   • Recommendations for addressing service delivery and other problems identified.

“The list just suggests the types of things we would like to know more about. The main purpose is to have a discussion in which everyone can contribute whatever they would like to share about their experiences and views,” says Ward.

Space is limited and those who would like to participants are encouraged to contact Carol Ward at, or phone (801) 422-3047; or Lailani Upham at or call (406) 675-2700, ext. 1312 to indicate which day you are available to interview.

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