Health Equity Among Native Americans
Within a Colonization Context
Tuesday, October 8, 4:45PM
20th Annual Littlefield Leadership Lecture
Reception to follow, 5:45PM
Free of charge and open to the public
The School of Nursing is proud to introduce Dr. John Lowe as the 20th Littlefield Leadership Lecture keynote speaker. As one of very few Native American doctoral prepared nurses in the U.S., Dr. Lowe has represented Native American and Indigenous health care professionals in national and international forums. He has provided research consultation and advocated for culturally appropriate health care services for underserved and disadvantaged populations.
Dr. Lowe is Cherokee/Creek/Lenape and is an alumnus of the American Nurses Association Ethnic Minority Fellowship predoctoral program, where he has served as the Chair of the National Advisory Committee. Dr. Lowe was recently appointed to the National Advisory Council of the National Institutes of Nursing Research.
He actively serves in elected, appointed, advisory and consultant positions such as the National Institutes of Health, Intervention Research to Improve Native American Health (IRINAH) National Institutes of Health Coalition, American Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Endowment for Cultural Competencies in Graduate Nursing, American Academy of Nursing Diversity and Inclusivity Committee American Nurses Foundation, Florida Nurses Association, Florida Nurses Foundation, Advisory Council of the State Implementation Program of the Florida Action Coalition on the Future of Nursing, National Coalition of Minority Nurses Associations, National Alaskan Native American Indian Nurses Association, Pathways into Health, United States Department of Health and Human Services, Editorial Board of Nursing Research Journal, United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians Health Department, Cherokee Nation Healthy Nations Programs, University of Southern Queensland Centre for Rural and Remote Area Health Research, Canadian Institute of Health Research, Health Research Board of Ireland Research Scientific Review Committee, Italian Ministry of Health Republic of Italy Ministry of Labour Health and Social Policies Research Scientific Review Committee, Indigenous Wellness Institute, Indigenous HIV/AIDS Research Training Institute, and the Indian Health Service.
Dr. Lowe has represented Native American and Indigenous health care professionals in many national and international forums and with national leaders such as the U.S. Surgeon General, the former first lady, Mrs. Rosalyn Carter, and Representative Patrick Kennedy. Globally, he has provided health-care services and research consultation underserved and disadvantaged groups in countries such as Australia, New Zealand, Tanzania, Costa Rica, Republic of Panama, Jamaica and China. He advocates for the culturally competent health care of Native Americans and Indigenous people globally. Models that have emerged from his funded research are being used to promote the health and well-being of Native Americans and Indigenous people globally. He developed and studies an intervention for the Reduction of substance abuse and other risk behaviors among Native American and Indigenous youth. Dr. Lowe developed the Cherokee Self-Reliance, Native Self-Reliance and Native-Reliance Models which are being used in several intervention research projects that utilizes the traditional Talking Circle format to reduce opioid misuse and substance abuse and other risk behaviors among Native American youth. He is currently the Principal Investigator of several National Institutes of Health funded research projects. The Talking Circle intervention has been noted by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs as an Evidence Based Program for the well-being of youth.
Dr. Lowe also co-authored the Native American Nursing Conceptual Framework which is being used to guide nursing curriculums. His work has been acknowledged through his induction as a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and numerous awards such as the Florida Nurses Association Cultural Diversity Award, Great 100 Centennial Research Award, Nursing Educator of the Year Award, Nurse of the Year Award, Lifetime Achievement In Education & Research Award, and the Researcher of the Year at the Professor Rank Award. Dr. Lowe has presented nationally and internationally and has published several articles and books that report the findings of his research.