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Plan to Attend APASA Café

The APASA Scholarship Committee hosts a monthly discussion-oriented speaker series. This series promotes the scholarship and projects of Amish and plain Anabaptist researchers and service providers. Cafés are free and open to the public.


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Noon (Eastern Time) on the last Fridays of most months. 

Winter 2023 - Spring 2024 Café Schedule

December 1, 2023: “Implementing First Aid Education and Supplies within a Minnesota Amish Community" presented by Kristin Moore. Watch recording below.

January 26, 2024: "German and Mennonite Mythologies in a Transnational Age" by John Eicher. Register here.

February 23, 2024: Discussion about the JAPAS 11(2) special issue on health (autumn 2023), with guest editors Rosanna Hess (Malone College), Braxton Mitchell (University of Maryland), and authors. Register here.

March 28, 2024: "Strictly Observant: Amish & Ultra-Orthodox Jewish Women Negotiating Media." (Rutgers University Press). Discussion with author Rivka Neriya-Ben Shahar (Sapir Academic College). Register here.

April 26, 2024: "Amish Vogue: Performing Fashion in the Plain World." Nao Nomura (Fulbright Scholar, Univ. of MA.). Register here.

May 31, 2024: "Healthcare Partnerships with Plain People: Providing Support while Conducting Research." Angela Kueny, Luther College. Register here. 

August 30, 2024: "Global Anabaptism, Navigating a Transnational Religio-Ethnic Network." Samuel Boucher (University of Iowa). Register here.

Past Cafés

The presentation portion of APASA Cafés are available below. Join APASA to access full cafés. Full cafes also include the Q&A and discussion portions.

Implementing First Aid Education and Supplies within a Minnesota Amish Community

Implementing First Aid Education and Supplies within a Minnesota Amish Community

Title: Implementing First Aid Education and Supplies within a Minnesota Amish Community Presenter: Kristin (Glumack) Moore Abstract: A summary of a Doctor of Nursing Practice student project of working with a small, rural central Minnesota Amish community. Minnesota is home to approximately 5,000 Amish people. Amish have historically been hesitant to accept, adopt, or implement Western healthcare ways, preferring to provide care for family members within their homes. Utilization of complementary or alternative methods for treatment is a high priority. Low health literacy rates, limited science education, lack of insurance, cultural differences, poverty, and rural living make healthcare access and treatment options difficult. This presentation will be a description of my doctoral project which involved developing a first aid kit, creating educational content, and conducting the teaching of skills necessary for implementing the first aid kit items into the local Amish community. Discussion highlights and emphasis will be placed on: - Establishing connections - Development of trust - Identifying needs - Collaboration - Blending of cultures - Project results - Follow-up survey results Further Reading: Anderson, C., & Potts, L. (2020). The Amish health culture and culturally sensitive health services: An exhaustive narrative review. Social Science & Medicine, 256. 1-6. Cates, J. A. (2014). Serving the Amish: A cultural guide for professionals. (Donald B. Kraybill, Ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. Jagosh, J., et al. (2015). A realist evaluation of community-based participatory research: partnership synergy, trust building, and related ripple effects. BMC Public Health, 15(1), 725-725. Katz, M. L., et al. (2013). Health literacy among the Amish: Measuring a complex concept among a unique population. Journal of Community Health, 38, 753-758.
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