Culture As Medicine: Healing Through Connection

Northwest Prevention Technology Transfer Center's Webinar

Culture As Medicine: Healing Through Connection


December 8, 2021


Webinar Description

Culture is truly medicine when it comes to mind, body, and spiritual well-being. Powerful transformation can take place, as we (re)connect to our roots. The traditions, values, and stories from our ancestors create a terrain for inter-generational healing. In this webinar, we will visit cultural healing ways and the opportunity for holistic wellness.



By the end of the webinar participants will be able to: 

  • Discuss how research shows that cultural connections are important on the road to well-being – especially in indigenous populations.
  • Promote ideas to integrate culture as a key component in health promotion and disease prevention programs.
  • Define the concept of Cultural Humility.



Gary L. Ferguson II, ND, serves as Faculty and Director of Outreach & Engagement at Washington State University’s Institute for Research and Education to Advance Community Health (IREACH) located in the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine. Formally trained as a Naturopathic Physician, he has a passion for promoting healthy communities with a population health approach. He is Aleut/Unangax, originally from the Shumagin Islands community of Sand Point, Alaska. Dr. Ferguson’s past positions include providing clinical services to his home region at Eastern Aleutian Tribes, serving at the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium as Wellness & Prevention Director and Senior Director of Community Health Services and as Chief Executive Officer at the Rural Alaska Community Action Program. His volunteer work includes serving as Chair/Board Director for the American Indian Cancer Foundation, Board Director for the Aleut Corporation, Board Director on the Alaska Addiction Professionals Association, member of the SDWG Arctic Human Health Expert Group (AHHEG) on behalf of Aleut International Association, and member of University of Alaska’s MPH Advisory Committee.


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