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Recording Now Available: AI/AN Webinar: Community-Based Participatory Research in Indian Country

posted Mar 28, 2018, 3:59 PM by Tech Support   [ updated Apr 6, 2018, 10:30 AM ]

This webinar focused on community-based participatory research (CBPR) principles to address health disparities among American Indian and Alaska Native communities. A brief overview of CBPR for health promising practices was provided, as were definitions and specific examples of practices associated with outcomes for improving health equity. The presenter discussed the development of CBPR partnerships and shared practices and tools, connecting them to research implementation.

Webinar Recording_Apr5.18_AIAN Behavioral Health Webinar Series_ Community-Based Participatory Research in Indian Country.mp4


Recording Now Available: AI/AN Behavioral Health Webinar: Tackling the Opioid Epidemic in the Chickasaw Nation

posted Jan 31, 2018, 3:43 PM by Tech Support   [ updated Apr 6, 2018, 10:32 AM ]

This webinar highlighted Define Your Direction, a comprehensive prescription opioid abuse prevention movement created by the Chickasaw Nation using Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and Southern Plains Tribal Health Board funding.
Define Your Direction utilizes multiple strategies aimed at increasing awareness, reducing access to drugs and alcohol, and preventing overdose deaths. Focus was on the movement’s various components, challenges experienced during its development and implementation phases, and successes.

MP4 Recording

Webinar Recording_Jan25.18_AIAN Behavioral Health Webinar Series_ Tackling the Opioid Epidemic in the Chickasaw Nation.mp4

ASTHO Webinar: Integrating Health Equity into Funding Opportunity Announcements

posted Jan 24, 2018, 7:19 AM by Tech Support   [ updated Jan 24, 2018, 7:20 AM ]

Date: Tuesday, February 20 
Time: 2 p.m.–3 p.m. EST 

The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), with support from the HHS Office of Minority Health, will host a webinar for public health professionals involved in programming to advance health equity or in the grant-making process based on its guide for integrating health equity language into funding announcements. 

Objectives for this webinar are to: 
  • Describe federal leadership on state/regional health equity initiatives; 
  • Provide specific examples of how a state health agency has incorporated health equity language into its funding announcements; and 
  • Describe the new tool for health equity developed by ASTHO and the HHS Office of Minority Health. 
For more information and to register: https://cc.readytalk.com/registration/#/?meeting=ld5wli570ckc&campaign=3214jsngdwuc

Wednesday 1/17: Webinar on SAMHSA Grants to Expand Treatment Capacity in Adult Drug and Tribal Healing to Wellness Courts

posted Jan 12, 2018, 12:09 PM by Tech Support   [ updated Jan 12, 2018, 12:11 PM ]

The National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration(SAMHSA) will co-present a free, pre-application webinar to provide more information on and answer questions related to fiscal year 2018 Grants to Expand Substance Abuse Treatment Capacity in Adult Treatment Drug Courts and Adult Tribal Healing to Wellness Courts.

The webinar will take place Wednesday, January 17, 1:30-3:30 pm EST.

The purpose of this program is to expand* substance use disorder (SUD) treatment services in existing adult drug treatment courts and adult tribal healing to wellness courts that use the treatment drug court model in order to provide SUD treatment (including recovery support services, screening, assessment, case management and program coordination) to defendants/offenders.

*Note: These grants apply only to treatment capacity expansion, not enhancement, and include increased funding for recovery housing and medication-assisted treatment (MAT).

Participants must call the number below and log in to the link provided to join the webinar. The dial-in number allows participants to hear the conversation; the web link allows participants to view the PowerPoint.

Dial-in number: 1-877-918-3036
Passcode: 9559891
Web link: https://www.mymeetings.com/nc/join.php?i=PWXW6624819&p=9559891&t=c
WebEx Required Download: To use WebEx for your operator-assisted conferences, presenters and participants alike must have the WebEx Event Manager installed prior to joining. To download the Event Manager, see the instructions on the WebEx Downloads page.

UIHI/TONL stock photo project tells authentic stories of Native American life

posted Jan 11, 2018, 12:48 PM by Tech Support   [ updated Jan 11, 2018, 12:48 PM ]

On December 26, the Urban Indian Health Institute (UIHI) and TONL debuted “We Exist,” a modern and authentic selection of stock imagery featuring American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) peoples. According UIHI Director Abigail Echo-Hawk, "The need for images accurately representing AI/AN people had been apparent to the UIHI for some time, which is why they partnered with TONL—a stock photography business that is focused on making accessible culturally diverse photos that depict the true narrative of diverse communities. This collaboration was envisioned as a way show the beauty, strength, and diversity of AI/AN peoples, while simultaneously addressing the lack of accurate representation of them in stock images.”

The entire “We Exist” collection is available for purchase at https://tonl.co/blogs/community/urban-indian-health-institute-x-tonl-we-exist/

Register for AI/AN Behavioral Health Webinar: Tackling the Opioid Epidemic in the Chickasaw Nation

posted Dec 7, 2017, 11:53 AM by Tech Support   [ updated Dec 7, 2017, 11:54 AM ]

This one-hour webinar will take place on Thursday, January 25 at 3:00 p.m. EST and will feature Define Your Direction, a comprehensive prescription opioid abuse prevention movement created by the Chickasaw Nation. Learn about the movement’s various components, challenges experienced during its development and implementation phases, and successes.

Learn more and register: https://tinyurl.com/aianwebinarregistration

Recording Now Available For the Project Venture – Positive Youth Development for American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) Youth Webinar

posted Sep 25, 2017, 1:40 PM by Tech Support   [ updated Sep 25, 2017, 1:41 PM ]

Watch the latest AI/AN NPA Caucus webinar about Project Venture, an evidence-based intervention, combines traditional native wisdom with positive youth development, social emotional learning, outdoor adventure, and service learning to create a unique approach that has been successful for more than 25 years. The webinar highlights the project’s core elements and guiding principles of this unique, internationally recognized native youth program and assist participants with exploring their readiness to implement it.

View it here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B-xHX2IDI1epT19aeHE3SUFkT00

AI/AN Caucus Member Dr. Joe Coulter explains the crisis of unintended deaths and injuries in Indian Country

posted Jun 8, 2017, 6:45 AM by Tech Support   [ updated Jun 8, 2017, 6:46 AM ]


An Unintended Legacy: Unintentional Injuries are a Leading Cause of Death for American Indian and Alaska Native Populations
By Joe D. Coulter, Ph. D.


Introduction

It is no secret that American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) populations face unique challenges. Whether it be the extreme remoteness of some tribal lands, the lack of available resources, environmental concerns, or access to adequate healthcare, gaining health equity for AI/AN populations might seem insurmountable. However, given the right amount of focus, resources and involvement from the community, even the most pressing barriers and obstacles to care facing AI/ANs can be addressed – leading to greater health of Native populations.

Among the myriad of challenges faced by American Indians and Alaska Natives, unintentional injuries remains one of the leading causes of death. There are a number of factors that may explain why unintended injuries continue to be a leading cause of death, but the bigger question and the greater challenge is how to reduce unintended deaths and injuries among AI/ANs.


Unintentional Death and Injuries Among the AI/AN Population

For American Indians and Alaska Natives, death and injury rates are staggering compared to those for the non-AI/AN population. For example, while eight percent of the general population will die before they reach 45 years of age, for AI/ANs, that number increases to 25% (one out of four). The sad but true fact is that a quarter of the Native population won’t see their 45th birthday not because of medical, chronic or genetic issues but rather avoidable and preventable unintentional injuries that lead to death. When the data are broken down by age, this is a common trend regardless of which age group is being examined.


Why Unintentional Injuries are So Dangerous

Support for many of the social determinants of health that contribute to a Native person’s overall well-being are lacking for this population. Many factors – such as socioeconomic status, geographic location, access to health care and health services, transportation, nutrition, and lack of physical activity contribute to the problem.

Most Indian tribal lands are located in remote, isolated areas. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, deaths from car accidents are greater in rural than urban areas. Among AI/AN 19 years old and younger, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of unintentional injury-related death, followed by drowning and poisoning.

Being rural alone does not lead to the unintentional death rate crisis that AI/AN people currently face, but it does contribute to another key factor, which is environment. Many tribes and Indian tribal lands are located in areas where the environment can be seen as perilous. Similarly, access to health services is extremely limited in these areas meaning that Native individuals need to travel great distances to receive their medical care. Conversely, medical professionals need to travel great distances to reach those who call for help. Additionally, lack of healthy and/or nutritional options and lack of transportation other than people’s own vehicles exacerbate both the causes of unintentional injuries and death.


What can be Done?

While the statistics paint a bleak picture, there is hope. Although the data on unintentional injury leading to death rates for American Indian and Alaska Natives are striking, they actually show a slight improvement – indicating both the scope of the problem and the fact that small changes, such as education and intervention, can lead to significant improvements. As attention to this issue increases, more solutions can be developed and implemented. By starting with culturally competent, socially acceptable approaches and focusing on each of the aforementioned social determinants, progress can – and will – be made to alleviate the extremely high rates of unintentional injuries and deaths among our Native populations.


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Dr. Joe Coulter is Professor Emeritus, College of Public Health, Carver College of Medicine, The University of Iowa, a member of the National Partnership for Action’s (NPA) AI/AN Caucus and an enrolled member of the Potawatomi Tribe.

Author’s note: all statistics come from the HIS report, "Trends in Indian Health: 2014" unless otherwise noted. For more information, the full report can be found here.

Now Available- Recording from the latest American Indian and Alaska Native Behavioral Health Webinar: Addressing Mental Illness.

posted May 25, 2017, 11:51 AM by Tech Support   [ updated May 31, 2017, 9:35 AM ]

The recording of the latest American Indian and Alaska Native Behavioral Health Webinar: Addressing Mental Illness is now available. The webinar focuses on the work of the Hope Squad Program, a school-based peer advocate program that works to prevent suicide and decrease the incidence of untreated mental illness, is now available. The webinar covered the history and creation of the program, how the program is implemented, ways in which the program has been successful, and reasons for implementing a Hope Squad in your community.

Now Available- Recording Of The latest American Indian and Alaska Native Behavioral Health Webinar: The National Tribal Behavioral Health Agenda

posted May 8, 2017, 1:05 PM by Tech Support   [ updated May 8, 2017, 1:05 PM ]

The recording of the latest AI/AN Behavioral Health webinar on the National Tribal Behavioral Health Agenda (TBHA) is now available. The TBHA marks the first tribally informed blueprint for improving behavioral health outcomes in American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities. During this webinar, NIHB staff will provide an in-depth analysis of the TBHA, including its five foundational elements, and will provide an overview of the various strategies and recommendations it puts forth for addressing behavioral health concerns.

View it here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B3J1kFXVQHf1TVJtOEVwcWVldm8/view

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