Akbali'a Balehawase' I'tichiok" -

Medical People take good care of us"


Christopher, S., Gidley, A., Letiecq, B., Smith, A., Knows His Gun McCormick, A. (2008). A cervical cancer community-based participatory research project in a Native American community. Health Education & Behavior, 35(6), 821-834.


Christopher, S., Watts, V., Knows His Gun McCormick A., & Young, S. (2008). Building and maintaining trust in a community-based participatory research partnership. American Journal of Public Health, 98(8), 1398-1406.


Watts, V., Christopher, S., & Smith, J. (2005). Evaluation of lay health advisor training for a community-based participatory research project in the Apsáalooke community. American Indian Culture and Research Journal, 29(3), 59-79.


Christopher, S. (2005). Recommendations for conducting successful research with Native Americans. Journal of Cancer Education, 20(Suppl.), 47-51.


Smith, A, Christopher, S., LaFromboise, V., Knows His Gun McCormick, A. (2008). Apsaalooke womens experiences with Pap test screening. Cancer Control, 15(2), 166-173.


Christopher, S., Knows His Gun McCormick, A., Smith, A., & Christopher, J. C. (2005). Development of an interviewer training manual for a cervix health project on the Apsáalooke reservation. Health Promotion Practice, 6(4), 414-422.


Burhansstipanov, L., Christopher, S., & Schumacher, A. (2005). Lessons learned from community-based participatory research in Indian Country. Cancer Control, 70-76.


Christopher, S., Burhansstipanov, L., & Knows His Gun McCormick, A. (2005). Using a community-based participatory research approach to develop an interviewer training manual with members of the Apsaalooke Nation. In B.A. Israel, E. Eng, A.J. Schulz, & E.A. Parker (Eds.), Methods for conducting community-based participatory research for health (pp. 128-145). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.


Simonds, V. & Christopher, S. (2013). Adapting Western research methods to Indigenous ways of knowing. American Journal of Public Health, 103(12), 2185-2192. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2012.301157


Simonds, V.W., Christopher, S., Sequist, T.D., Colditz, G., Rudd, R.E. (2011). Exploring patient-provider interactions in a Native American community. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, 22(3), 836-852.


LaVeaux, D. & Christopher, S. (2009). Contextualizing CBPR: Key principles of CBPR meet the Indigenous research context. Pimatisiwin: A Journal of Aboriginal and Indigenous Community Health, 7(1), 1-25. PMID: 20150951


Two book chapters:

Christopher, S., Burhansstipanov, L., Knows His Gun McCormick, A., Simonds, V. W. (2012). Using a community-based participatory research approach to implement a survey in an American Indian Community. In B.A. Israel, E. Eng, A.J. Schulz, & E.A. Parker (Eds.), Methods for conducting community-based participatory research for health (2nd Edition). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.


Simonds, V., Christopher, S., et al. (2011). Messengers for Health: A community-based participatory research intervention in a Native American community. In R. Elk & H. Landrine (Eds.), Cancer disparities: Causes and evidence-based solutions (pp. 277-292). Springer Publishing Company.


Helpful Links

OncoLink: A University of Pennsylvania Cancer Center Resource Sponsored by the University of Pennsylvania Cancer Center and is capable of advanced searches, provides the latest cancer news, clinical trials, information on links regarding financial issues for patients, chemotherapy information, specific cancer diseases information, pain management and more.


American Cancer Society General information about cancer, prevention/detection and nutrition. Excellent links to cancer resources.


NCI's CancerNet Cancer by the National Cancer Institute. Excellent site for general cancer information (treatment, screening, prevention, genetics). Provides glossary of relevant cancer terms, PDQ patient treatment documents and a link to other cancer sites. Also provides translation for Spanish-speaking participants.


NCCS (National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship)www.canceradvocacy.orgThe National Coalition is the oldest survivor-led cancer advocacy organization in the country and a highly respected authentic voice at the federal level, advocating for quality cancer care for all Americans and empowering cancer survivors.


Our Video

The advisory board and staff of the Messengers for Health project are proud to provide you with this community-developed resource.


This video presentation inaugurates our efforts to support the Indian Health Service in delivering high quality health care to our community. By portraying some of the unique Apsáalooke (Crow) cultural ways, traditions, beliefs, and ceremonies, we hope to enhance healthcare providers' ability to communicate and work with members of the Crow Nation. Individual members of the Crow Nation practice these ways, beliefs, and ceremonies and speak the language to varying degrees.


Recognizing that many providers find themselves in a cross-cultural situation, we hope that this video will foster greater understanding and increase community involvement for all healthcare workers. As stated in the presentation. "You don't learn Crow, you live Crow."

PO Box 940
Crow Agency, MT 59022



Messengers for Health is an Indigenous 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located on the Apsáalooke (Crow) Reservation in Montana. Contributions are tax deductible.

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