Monthly NPA e-Letter November 2017

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November 2017 Issue


November is Native American Heritage Month
This month is a time to celebrate the important contributions of native people and to address some of the lingering health disparities faced by American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN). AI/AN populations experience higher rates of diabetes, chronic liver disease, and unintentional injuries, and they are more likely to commit suicide and experience assault than other Americans.

The November eNewsletter is focused on raising awareness around public health issues that are specific to AI/ANs.

NPA Blog

Unintentional Injuries are Leading Cause of Death for American Indians & Alaska Natives

In this NPA blog, Joe Coulter, PhD explores the factors that may explain why unintended injuries continue to be a leading cause of death among American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/ANs) and what can be done to prevent the injuries.


Project Venture: Positive Youth Development for American Indian & Alaska Native Youth
Project Venture is an internationally recognized native youth program. The program's core elements and guiding principles are discussed as well as assisting participants with exploring their readiness to implement it.

Advancing Health Equity in Tribal Communities through Public Health Accreditation
The webinar provides a background on the landscape of public health in Indian Country and discusses the findings of an environmental scan on the state of public health accreditation and health equity within tribal communities.

The Mountain States RHEC’s (RHEC VIII) Native American Cultural Competency Webinar Series

  • Overview of Working with Tribal Governments: The history of tribes and treaties, utilization of CLAS Standards, cultural sensitivity when working with tribal communities, and the impact of cultural needs assessments are discussed in this webinar.
  • Cultural Sensitivity when Collecting Sensitive Data: Topics covered include: the benefits of providing culturally and linguistic appropriate services; protocols of the Great Plains tribes, and effective strategies when working with the Native American population.

The American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) NPA Caucus Behavioral Health Webinars

  • National Tribal Behavioral Health Agenda (TBHA): The TBHA marks the first tribally informed blueprint for improving behavioral health outcomes in AI/AN communities. Watch as NIHB staff provide an in-depth analysis of the TBHA.
  • The Hope Squad Program: This 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, and how the program is implemented.