Field Epidemiology

Woman as the First Environment
Bodies Telling Her/stories

Originally presented on May 19, 2015

Katsi Cook
Midwife, Environmental Activist, Mohwak community at Akwesasne

At the intersections of environmental health and reproductive health in a social justice framework, the story of the Indigenous woman’s body is told from core cultural constructs - the knowledge, difference and power - of the Mohawk community of Akwesasne, located in Northern NY State, Southwestern Quebec and Southeastern Ontario along the St.Lawrence River. From the MotherBabyMotherEarth continuum, presenter Katsi Cook will connect themes of Historical Trauma, trans-generational embodiment of industrial contamination and transformative processes necessary to achieve Structural Competency for the health, well-being and thriving lives of Indigenous women.

About the Speaker:
Katsi Cook (Mohawk) is a midwife and Research Associate and member of the Health and Culture planning group at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History (NMNH). As Executive Director of the First Environment Collaborative at Running Strong for American Indian Youth, Katsi has worked with Indigenous women’s organizations, Tribes, First Nations, Inuit, federal agencies and not-for profit organizations to build capacity to support the health, well being and thriving lives of Indigenous women wielding the tools of transformation, advancing Indigenous girls and women from isolation at the margins to increased stability, balance and capacity for coming into their full power, so that they can lead. In June of 2015 she will take the helm as Initiative Director at the NoVo Foundation.

Katsi has served as a member of the Indigenous Peoples Environmental Justice Working Group (IPWG) of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and is a member of the Center for Disease Control (CDC) National Tribal Environmental Health Think Tank working in policy arenas at the tribal and federal levels, increasing discussion and promotion among North American public health authorities of the significance of Indigenous women’s health across the lifecycle from the knowledge that woman is the first environment, first relationship, first experience and first medicine of a new life. Katsi is the founding Aboriginal Midwife of the Six Nations Birthing Centre, Ohsweken, Ontario, and is a founding member of the National Aboriginal Council of Midwives (NACM) of the Canadian Association of Midwives (CAM).  She is also a member of Kononkwe Council in the Mohawk community of Akwesasne and works to support the Oherokon “Under the Husk” rites of passage through curriculum development.

Learning Objectives
After watching this webinar participants will be able to:

  • Identify one of the ways in which historical trauma is embodied by American Indian women
  • Name a body system/organ targeted by PCB contamination
  • Recognize the three major elements of the Centering Model of Pregnancy
  • Understand how the political, social and cultural context of the aboriginal birthing center in Canada differs from the U.S. context

The planners, moderator, and presenters do not have any financial arrangements or affiliations with any commercial entities whose products, research or services may be discussed in this activity.

No commercial funding has been accepted for this activity.

Continuing Medical Education Credits

The School of Public Health, University at Albany is accredited by the Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The School of Public Health, University at Albany designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Continuing Medical Education Credits are offered until July 31, 2021.

Continuing Nurse Education Contact Hours

The University at Albany School of Public Health is an Approved Provider of continuing nurse education by the Northeast Multi-State Division, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

This offering is approved for 1 nursing contact hour(s).

Nursing Contact Hours are offered until February 28, 2019.

Certified Health Education Specialist Contact Hours

Sponsored by the School of Public Health, University and Albany, SUNY, a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to 1 total Category I contact education contact hours. Maximum advanced-level continuing education contact hours available are 0.

Continuing Education Contact Hours are offered until July 31, 2021. 

Certified in Public Health

This event is sponsored by School of Public Health, University at Albany, an approved provider of CPH Renewal Credits by the National Board of Public Health Examiners.   

This offering is approved for 1.0 Certified in Public Health Renewal Credits.

Continuing Education Contact Hours are offered until July 31, 2021.

Social Work

University at Albany, School of Social Welfare, Social Work Continuing Education Program is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board of Social Workers as an approved provider of continuing education for Licensed Social Workers - #0011

This offering is approved for 1 social work self-study continuing education hour.

Social Work continuing education hours are offered until December 31, 2020.