Teah Carlson

Teah is a PhD scholar at Whariki. Her current research project aims to evaluate the effectiveness of a health literacy-oriented cardiovascular disease (CVD) intervention developed by the International Collaborative Indigenous Health Research Partnership (ICIHRP). The ICIHRP research is investigating whether health literacy can be strengthened through culturally appropriate interventions with indigenous peoples. The New Zealand component of the international project is targeted at Maori participants and their whānau and Teah’s research will run alongside this work. Drawing on Kaupapa Maori theory and praxis this evaluation will investigate whether the ICIHRP intervention in New Zealand is associated with increased knowledge about CVD medications, changes in health literacy practices and empowered interactions with health workers, from the perspective of the participating patients, their whanau and health professionals involved in the intervention.

Teah is being supervised by Professors Helen Moewaka Barnes and Tim McCreanor of Whariki.